LG.Display Company Ltd. Stock Upgraded (LPL)

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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- LG.Display Company (NYSE: LPL) has been upgraded by TheStreet Ratings from sell to hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, solid stock price performance and compelling growth in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including generally higher debt management risk and poor profit margins.

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Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • LPL's very impressive revenue growth greatly exceeded the industry average of 4.8%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues leaped by 67.3%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share.
  • Powered by its strong earnings growth of 123.45% and other important driving factors, this stock has surged by 68.76% over the past year, outperforming the rise in the S&P 500 Index during the same period. Regarding the stock's future course, our hold rating indicates that we do not recommend additional investment in this stock despite its gains in the past year.
  • LG DISPLAY CO LTD reported significant earnings per share improvement in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. This company has reported somewhat volatile earnings recently. But, we feel it is poised for EPS growth in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, LG DISPLAY CO LTD swung to a loss, reporting -$0.94 versus $1.39 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($0.26 versus -$0.94).
  • The gross profit margin for LG DISPLAY CO LTD is currently lower than what is desirable, coming in at 26.10%. Regardless of LPL's low profit margin, it has managed to increase from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, the net profit margin of 1.90% trails the industry average.
  • Despite currently having a low debt-to-equity ratio of 0.47, it is higher than that of the industry average, inferring that management of debt levels may need to be evaluated further. Despite the fact that LPL's debt-to-equity ratio is mixed in its results, the company's quick ratio of 0.55 is low and demonstrates weak liquidity.
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LG Display Co., Ltd. engages in the manufacture and sale of thin film transistor liquid crystal display (TFT-LCD) panels in the Republic of Korea, the United States, Europe, China, and rest of Asia. The company has a P/E ratio of -18.1, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. LG.Display has a market cap of $12.02 billion and is part of the technology sector and electronics industry. Shares are up 59.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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-- Written by a member of TheStreet Ratings Staff

Editor's Note: TheStreet ratings do not represent the views of TheStreet's staff or its contributors. Ratings are established by computer based on metrics for performance (which includes growth, stock performance, efficiency and valuation) and risk (volatility and solvency). Companies with poor cash flow or high debt levels tend to earn lower ratings in our model.

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