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

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current recommendations for LG Display and Fanuc, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
LG Display 0 2 3 0 2.60
Fanuc 0 1 0 0 2.00

LG Display currently has a consensus target price of $15.00, indicating a potential upside of 33.93%. Given LG Display’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, research analysts plainly believe LG Display is more favorable than Fanuc.

Dividends

LG Display pays an annual dividend of $0.17 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.5%. Fanuc does not pay a dividend. LG Display pays out 7.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Earnings & Valuation

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

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
LG Display $24.59 billion 0.33 $1.74 billion $2.40 4.67
Fanuc $4.99 billion 9.36 $1.19 billion $0.61 39.54

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

Volatility & Risk

LG Display has a beta of 0.73, meaning that its share price is 27% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Fanuc has a beta of 1.07, meaning that its share price is 7% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
LG Display 6.61% 12.40% 6.63%
Fanuc N/A N/A N/A

Insider & Institutional Ownership

3.3% of LG Display shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 0.7% of Fanuc shares are held by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

LG Display beats Fanuc on 11 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

About LG Display

LG Display Co., Ltd. manufactures and sells thin-film transistor liquid crystal display and organic light-emitting diode (OLED) technology-based display panels in the Republic of Korea, the Americas, Europe, Asia, and internationally. It offers various display panels primarily for use in televisions, notebook computers, desktop monitors, tablet computers, and mobile devices. The company also provides panels for industrial and other applications, including entertainment systems, automotive displays, portable navigation devices, and medical diagnostic equipment. It serves end-brand customers and their system integrators. The company was formerly known as LG.Philips LCD Co., Ltd. and changed its name to LG Display Co., Ltd. in February 2008. LG Display Co., Ltd. was founded in 1985 and is headquartered in Seoul, South Korea.

About Fanuc

Fanuc Corporation provides factory automation products worldwide. The company offers CNC series, servo motors, lasers, robots, compact machining centers, electric injection molding machines, wire-cut electric discharge machines, and super nano machines. Fanuc Corporation was founded in 1972 and is headquartered in Minamitsuru-gun, Japan.

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