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

Valuation & Earnings

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

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
AU Optronics Corp $11.52 billion 0.32 $2.63 billion $1.11 3.50
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 9.48% 17.46% 8.03%
Planar Systems -0.69% -2.40% -1.40%

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 company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Recommendations

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

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
AU Optronics Corp 3 3 1 0 1.71
Planar Systems 0 0 0 0 N/A

AU Optronics Corp presently has a consensus price target of $4.00, indicating a potential upside of 2.83%. Given AU Optronics Corp’s higher probable upside, research analysts clearly believe AU Optronics Corp is more favorable than Planar Systems.

Summary

AU Optronics Corp beats Planar Systems on 8 of the 8 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.

Planar Systems Company Profile

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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