Autobytel (NASDAQ: AUTO) is one of 37 public companies in the “Advertising & Marketing” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its competitors? We will compare Autobytel to similar businesses based on the strength of its dividends, valuation, risk, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, earnings and profitability.
Earnings and Valuation
This table compares Autobytel and its competitors top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.
Autobytel’s competitors have higher revenue and earnings than Autobytel. Autobytel is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.
Institutional and Insider Ownership
57.6% of Autobytel shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 59.1% of shares of all “Advertising & Marketing” companies are owned by institutional investors. 20.7% of Autobytel shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 22.7% of shares of all “Advertising & Marketing” companies are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.
This table compares Autobytel and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
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This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for Autobytel and its competitors, as provided by MarketBeat.
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Autobytel currently has a consensus target price of $12.00, suggesting a potential upside of 67.83%. As a group, “Advertising & Marketing” companies have a potential upside of 12.51%. Given Autobytel’s higher possible upside, research analysts clearly believe Autobytel is more favorable than its competitors.
Volatility and Risk
Autobytel has a beta of 0.97, meaning that its stock price is 3% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Autobytel’s competitors have a beta of 1.05, meaning that their average stock price is 5% more volatile than the S&P 500.
Autobytel competitors beat Autobytel on 8 of the 12 factors compared.
Autobytel Company Profile
AutoWeb, Inc., formerly Autobytel Inc., is an automotive marketing services company that assists automotive retail dealers and automotive manufacturers market and sell new and used vehicles to consumers through the programs for online lead referrals, dealer marketing products and services, and online advertising programs and mobile products. The Company operates through providing automotive marketing services segment. Its consumer-facing automotive Websites, including Website Autobytel.com, provide consumers with information and tools to aid them with the automotive purchase decisions and ability to submit inquiries requesting dealers to contact the consumers regarding purchasing or leasing vehicles. Its AutoWeb pay-per-click advertising marketplace program uses technology to refer consumer traffic to dealers and manufacturer Websites.
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