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

Institutional and Insider Ownership

29.8% of Microvision shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 3.9% of LG Display Co. shares are held by institutional investors. 3.0% of Microvision shares are held 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.

Volatility & Risk

Microvision has a beta of 0.21, meaning that its share price is 79% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, LG Display Co. has a beta of 0.36, meaning that its share price is 64% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Microvision and LG Display Co.’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Microvision -224.93% -677.56% -107.29%
LG Display Co. 8.94% 17.78% 9.72%

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Microvision and LG Display Co.’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Microvision $9.15 million 17.69 -$19.53 million ($0.33) -6.42
LG Display Co. $24.86 billion 0.39 $4.93 billion N/A N/A

LG Display Co. has higher revenue and earnings than Microvision.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and target prices for Microvision and LG Display Co., as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Microvision 0 0 3 0 3.00
LG Display Co. 4 1 2 0 1.71

Microvision presently has a consensus price target of $3.83, indicating a potential upside of 80.82%. LG Display Co. has a consensus price target of $16.79, indicating a potential upside of 23.64%. Given Microvision’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities analysts clearly believe Microvision is more favorable than LG Display Co..

About Microvision

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.

About LG Display Co.

LG Display Co., Ltd. manufactures thin-film transistor liquid crystal display, organic light emitting diode and other display panel technologies. The Company manufactures display panels in a range of sizes and specifications primarily for use in televisions, notebook computers, desktop monitors, tablet computers and various other applications, including mobile devices. The Company supplies ultra-high definition television panels. It also manufactures display panels for industrial and other applications, including entertainment systems, automotive displays, portable navigation devices and medical diagnostic equipment. It operates fabrication facilities, which include separately designated sets of fabrication production lines housed in certain facilities, located in its Display Clusters in Gumi and Paju, Korea and in Guangzhou China, and approximately four separately designated sets of fabrication production lines housed in certain facilities.

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