LG Display (NYSE:LPL) and Microwave Filter (OTCMKTS:MFCO) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, risk, valuation, profitability, institutional ownership, dividends and analyst recommendations.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

2.9% of LG Display shares are owned by institutional investors. 6.9% of Microwave Filter shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
LG Display -1.29% -2.09% -1.01%
Microwave Filter -6.06% -16.37% -10.87%

Dividends

LG Display pays an annual dividend of $0.17 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.3%. Microwave Filter does not pay a dividend. LG Display pays out 7.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for LG Display and Microwave Filter, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
LG Display 2 1 3 0 2.17
Microwave Filter 0 0 0 0 N/A

LG Display currently has a consensus target price of $15.00, suggesting a potential upside of 100.53%. Given LG Display’s higher probable upside, equities research analysts clearly believe LG Display is more favorable than Microwave Filter.

Risk & Volatility

LG Display has a beta of 1.06, meaning that its stock price is 6% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Microwave Filter has a beta of 1.06, meaning that its stock price is 6% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares LG Display and Microwave Filter’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 0.22 $1.60 billion $2.40 3.12
Microwave Filter $3.04 million 0.34 -$260,000.00 N/A N/A

LG Display has higher revenue and earnings than Microwave Filter.

Summary

LG Display beats Microwave Filter on 9 of the 12 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, China, Europe, rest of Asia, the United States, 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 Microwave Filter

Microwave Filter Company, Inc. designs, develops, manufactures, and sells electronic filters for radio and microwave frequencies primarily in the United States. It manufactures RF filters and related components for eliminating interference and facilitating signal processing for cable television, broadcast, commercial and military communications, avionics, radar, navigation, and defense markets. The company also designs waveguide, stripline/microstrip, transmission line, miniature/subminiature, and lumped constant filters. Its configurations include bandpass, highpass, lowpass, bandstop, multiplexers, tunable notch, tunable bandpass, high power filters, amplitude equalized, delay equalized, and filter networks. In addition, the company, through its subsidiary, Niagara Scientific, Inc., custom designs case packing machines to automatically pack products into shipping cases for food processors and other commodity products; and sells spare parts. Microwave Filter Company, Inc. was founded in 1967 and is based in East Syracuse, New York.

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