Critical Contrast: Planar Systems (PLNR) and LG Display Co. (LPL)

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

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and target prices for Planar Systems and LG Display Co., as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Planar Systems 0 0 0 0 N/A
LG Display Co. 4 1 1 0 1.50

LG Display Co. has a consensus target price of $16.00, indicating a potential upside of 16.45%. Given LG Display Co.’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe LG Display Co. is more favorable than Planar Systems.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

3.8% of LG Display Co. shares are owned by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Planar Systems and LG Display Co.’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Planar Systems N/A N/A N/A $0.30 21.93
LG Display Co. $21.00 billion 0.47 $816.04 million $3.27 4.20

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

Risk & Volatility

Planar Systems has a beta of 0.81, indicating that its share price is 19% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, LG Display Co. has a beta of 0.44, indicating that its share price is 56% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Planar Systems -0.69% -2.40% -1.40%
LG Display Co. 10.02% 18.21% 9.88%

Summary

LG Display Co. beats Planar Systems on 8 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

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.

LG Display Co. Company Profile

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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