Reviewing AU Optronics (AUO) & Natcore Technology (NTCXF)

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AU Optronics (NYSE:AUO) and Natcore Technology (OTCMKTS:NTCXF) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, analyst recommendations, profitability, institutional ownership, valuation, risk and dividends.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

6.7% of AU Optronics shares are held by institutional investors. 16.0% of AU Optronics shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares AU Optronics and Natcore Technology’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
AU Optronics 3.33% 4.64% 2.42%
Natcore Technology N/A N/A -452.90%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for AU Optronics and Natcore Technology, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
AU Optronics 1 2 0 0 1.67
Natcore Technology 0 0 0 0 N/A

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares AU Optronics and Natcore Technology’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
AU Optronics $10.05 billion 0.35 $332.00 million $0.34 10.74
Natcore Technology N/A N/A -$1.27 million N/A N/A

AU Optronics has higher revenue and earnings than Natcore Technology.

Risk and Volatility

AU Optronics has a beta of 0.85, indicating that its share price is 15% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Natcore Technology has a beta of 11.2, indicating that its share price is 1,020% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

AU Optronics pays an annual dividend of $0.36 per share and has a dividend yield of 9.9%. Natcore Technology does not pay a dividend. AU Optronics pays out 105.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. AU Optronics has increased its dividend for 2 consecutive years.

Summary

AU Optronics beats Natcore Technology on 9 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

About AU Optronics

AU Optronics Corp. researches, develops, produces, and sells thin film transistor liquid crystal displays and other flat panel displays. The company operates through two segments, Display and Solar. The Display segment designs, develops, manufactures, assembles, and markets flat panel displays for use in televisions (TVs), TV sets, and other related products; desktop monitors; mobile PCs, such as notebooks and tablets; mobile phones; and commercial and other applications, including displays for automobiles, industrial PCs, automated teller machines, point of sale terminals, pachinko machines, medical equipment, and others. This segment serves original equipment manufacturing service providers; and brand companies. The Solar segment manufactures and sells solar materials, including ingots, solar wafers, and solar modules, as well as provides technical engineering and maintenance services for solar system projects. This segment sells its ingot and solar wafer products primarily to solar cell manufacturers; and solar modules to installers, solar system integrators, property developers, and other value-added resellers. The company also engages in the renewable energy power generation; repairing and sale support of TFT-LCD modules, as well as sale support of solar-related products; injecting and stamping parts; manufacture and sale of molds, light guide plates, liquid crystal products, backlight modules, and related parts, as well as precision plastic and metal parts; IP related business; design, development and sales of software and hardware for health care industry; manufacture, assembly, and sale of automotive parts; manufacture and sale of motorized treadmills; and planning, design, and development of construction for environmental protection and related project management. It operates in the People's Republic of China, Taiwan, Japan, Singapore, and internationally. AU Optronics Corp. was founded in 1996 and is headquartered in Hsinchu, Taiwan.

About Natcore Technology

Natcore Technology Inc., a research and development company, develops and owns technology for the manufacturing of solar cells. The company offers laser-processed back-contact cells and liquid phase deposition technology, which enables the controlled deposition of silicon dioxide and mixed silicon oxides from an aqueous solution at ambient temperatures and pressures. It focuses on using its nanotechnology discoveries to enable various applications consisting of laser processing, tandem quantum-dot solar cells, and Natcore Foil Cell structure. The company also provides technical consultancy services for the design and construction of solar cell/solar panel fabrication facilities, and solar power plants. Natcore Technology Inc. was founded in 2007 and is headquartered in Rochester, New York.

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