AU Optronics Corp (NYSE: AUO) and Planar Systems (NASDAQ:PLNR) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their profitabiliy, valuation, dividends, earnings, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations and risk.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for AU Optronics Corp and Planar Systems, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
AU Optronics Corp 2 4 2 0 2.00
Planar Systems 0 0 0 0 N/A

AU Optronics Corp currently has a consensus price target of $4.00, suggesting a potential downside of 1.72%. Given AU Optronics Corp’s higher possible upside, research analysts plainly believe AU Optronics Corp is more favorable than Planar Systems.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

8.2% of AU Optronics Corp shares are owned by institutional investors. 16.0% of AU Optronics Corp shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares AU Optronics Corp and Planar Systems’ top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
AU Optronics Corp $11.40 billion 0.34 $2.28 billion $0.75 5.43
Planar Systems N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

AU Optronics Corp has higher revenue and earnings than Planar Systems.

Profitability

This table compares AU Optronics Corp and Planar Systems’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
AU Optronics Corp 6.63% 11.96% 5.50%
Planar Systems -0.69% -2.40% -1.40%

Summary

AU Optronics Corp beats Planar Systems on 8 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

About AU Optronics Corp

AU Optronics Corp. is a thin-film-transistor liquid-crystal display (TFT-LCD) panel provider. The Company operates in two business segments: display business and solar business. Through Display business segment, the Company designs, develops, manufactures, assembles and markets flat panel displays and most of its products are TFT-LCD panels. Its panels are primarily used in televisions, monitors, mobile personal computers (PCs), mobile devices and commercial and other applications (such as displays for automobiles, industrial PCs, automated teller machines, point of sale terminals and pachinko machines). Through Solar business segment, the Company is capable of manufacturing upstream and midstream products, such as ingots, solar wafers and solar cells. Through the Company’s subsidiaries AUO Crystal Corp. and M.Setek Co., Ltd. (M.Setek), it mainly focuses on research, production and sales of solar materials, such as ingots and solar wafers.

About Planar Systems

Planar Systems, Inc. is engaged in designing display solutions. The Company offers display and digital signage technology. It categorizes the products into approximately two areas, including Digital Signage, and Commercial and Industrial. It markets and sells its products under the Planar, Clarity and Runco brands. The Company’s products include LCD Video Walls, Rear Projection Video Walls, LED Video Walls, Clarity LED3 series, Large Format LCD Displays, Planar LookThru Series, Desktop and Touch Screen Monitors, Processing and Players, Open Frame and Custom Displays, and Planar Accessories. Its Digital Signage solutions are installed in various environments, including retail locations, airports and sports arenas. It serves commercial and industrial display markets. The Company caters to retailers, educational institutions, government agencies, businesses, utilities and energy firms, and home theater enthusiasts.

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