Microvision (NASDAQ: MVIS) and Corning (NYSE:GLW) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, analyst recommendations, earnings, risk, dividends, profitabiliy and institutional ownership.

Profitability

This table compares Microvision and Corning’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Microvision -156.62% -880.81% -122.93%
Corning 3.62% 1.57% 1.23%

Dividends

Corning pays an annual dividend of $0.62 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.0%. Microvision does not pay a dividend. Corning pays out 16.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Corning has increased its dividend for 6 consecutive years.

Risk and Volatility

Microvision has a beta of 0.2, meaning that its stock price is 80% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Corning has a beta of 1.41, meaning that its stock price is 41% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

30.9% of Microvision shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 72.7% of Corning shares are owned by institutional investors. 3.0% of Microvision shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 0.6% of Corning shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for Microvision and Corning, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Microvision 0 0 2 0 3.00
Corning 1 8 4 0 2.23

Microvision presently has a consensus price target of $3.70, indicating a potential upside of 61.57%. Corning has a consensus price target of $27.13, indicating a potential downside of 14.51%. Given Microvision’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Microvision is more favorable than Corning.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Microvision and Corning’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Microvision $11.85 million 13.16 -$17.41 million ($0.32) -7.16
Corning $9.72 billion 3.00 $2.71 billion $3.67 8.65

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

Summary

Corning beats Microvision on 11 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

Microvision Company Profile

Microvision, Inc. is a developer of laser beam scanning (LBS) technology. The Company markets its technology under the brand name, PicoP. It has developed PicoP scanning technology that can be adopted by its customers to create high-resolution miniature projection, and three-dimensional sensing and image capture solutions that use laser diodes as the light source. The Company offers key components for inclusion in a scanning engine, including its Micro-Electrical Mechanical Systems (MEMS) and Application-Specific Integrated Circuits (ASICs). Its PicoP scanning technology incorporates its expertise in two-dimensional MEMS, lasers, optics and electronics to create a small form factor scanning engine with lower power needs. It licenses PicoP scanning technology to original design manufacturers (ODMs) or original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). Its technology creates a platform that can support multiple applications and markets, including enterprise, medical, industrial and automotive.

Corning Company Profile

Corning Incorporated is engaged in manufacturing specialty glass and ceramics. Its segments include Display Technologies, Optical Communications, Environmental Technologies, Specialty Materials, Life Sciences and All Other. The Display Technologies segment manufactures glass substrates for flat panel liquid crystal displays (LCDs). The Optical Communications segment manufactures carrier and enterprise network components for the telecommunications industry. The Environmental Technologies segment manufactures ceramic substrates and filters for automotive and diesel emission control applications. As of December 31, 2016, the Specialty Materials segment manufactured products, which provided more than 150 material formulations for glass, glass ceramics and fluoride crystals. The Life Sciences segment manufactures glass and plastic labware, equipment, media and reagents. The All Other segment consists of its Pharmaceutical Technologies business and non-LCD glass business, and among others.

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