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

Institutional & Insider Ownership

8.2% of AU Optronics Corp shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 51.8% of Daktronics shares are held by institutional investors. 16.0% of AU Optronics Corp shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 8.2% of Daktronics shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.


Daktronics pays an annual dividend of $0.28 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.9%. AU Optronics Corp does not pay a dividend. Daktronics pays out 121.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent recommendations and price targets for AU Optronics Corp and Daktronics, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
AU Optronics Corp 2 4 2 0 2.00
Daktronics 0 0 2 0 3.00

AU Optronics Corp presently has a consensus target price of $4.00, suggesting a potential downside of 5.21%. Daktronics has a consensus target price of $12.25, suggesting a potential upside of 26.94%. Given Daktronics’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Daktronics is more favorable than AU Optronics Corp.

Risk and Volatility

AU Optronics Corp has a beta of 0.52, meaning that its stock price is 48% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Daktronics has a beta of 1.31, meaning that its stock price is 31% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares AU Optronics Corp and Daktronics’ revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
AU Optronics Corp $11.40 billion 0.36 $2.28 billion $0.75 5.63
Daktronics $586.54 million 0.73 $34.81 million $0.23 41.96

AU Optronics Corp has higher revenue and earnings than Daktronics. AU Optronics Corp is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Daktronics, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.


This table compares AU Optronics Corp and Daktronics’ 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%
Daktronics 1.76% 5.14% 2.90%


AU Optronics Corp beats Daktronics on 8 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

AU Optronics Corp Company Profile

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.

Daktronics Company Profile

Daktronics, Inc. is a supplier of electronic scoreboards, electronic display systems, digital messaging solutions, software and services for sporting, commercial and transportation applications. The Company operates through five segments: Commercial, Live Events, High School Park and Recreation, Transportation, and International. The Company offers a range of products, from small scoreboards and electronic displays to video display systems, as well as related control, timing and sound systems. It designs, markets, manufactures, installs and services integrated systems displaying real-time data, graphics, animation and video. Its product families include video displays, scoreboards and timing systems, message displays, intelligent transportation systems (ITS) dynamic message signs, space availability displays, audio systems, advertising displays, digit and price displays and digital messaging systems.

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