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

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings for LG Display Co. and Microvision, as provided by MarketBeat.

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

LG Display Co. currently has a consensus target price of $20.40, suggesting a potential upside of 41.96%. Microvision has a consensus target price of $3.67, suggesting a potential upside of 15.67%. Given LG Display Co.’s higher possible upside, research analysts plainly believe LG Display Co. is more favorable than Microvision.

Earnings and Valuation

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

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
LG Display Co. $25.32 billion 0.41 $5.02 billion $2.90 4.96
Microvision $9.15 million 26.45 -$19.53 million ($0.33) -9.61

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

Volatility and Risk

LG Display Co. has a beta of 0.35, meaning that its share price is 65% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Microvision has a beta of 0.06, meaning that its share price is 94% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
LG Display Co. 8.94% 17.43% 9.52%
Microvision -224.93% -677.56% -107.29%

Insider and Institutional Ownership

3.7% of LG Display Co. shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 27.1% of Microvision shares are owned by institutional investors. 3.0% of Microvision shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

LG Display Co. beats Microvision on 8 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

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.

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.

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