Financial Review: Autobytel (AUTO) versus The Competition

Autobytel (NASDAQ: AUTO) is one of 39 public companies in the “Advertising & Marketing” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its competitors? We will compare Autobytel to related companies based on the strength of its valuation, institutional ownership, earnings, analyst recommendations, dividends, profitability and risk.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings for Autobytel and its competitors, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Autobytel 0 0 2 0 3.00
Autobytel Competitors 50 441 899 16 2.63

Autobytel presently has a consensus target price of $12.00, suggesting a potential upside of 49.07%. As a group, “Advertising & Marketing” companies have a potential upside of 19.47%. Given Autobytel’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities research analysts clearly believe Autobytel is more favorable than its competitors.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

56.1% of Autobytel shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 58.8% of shares of all “Advertising & Marketing” companies are owned by institutional investors. 20.7% of Autobytel shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 22.7% of shares of all “Advertising & Marketing” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Risk & Volatility

Autobytel has a beta of 1.01, indicating that its stock price is 1% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Autobytel’s competitors have a beta of 1.17, indicating that their average stock price is 17% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Autobytel and its competitors revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue NetIncome Price/Earnings Ratio
Autobytel $156.68 million $3.87 million 47.35
Autobytel Competitors $2.71 billion $171.61 million -357.70

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.

Profitability

This table compares Autobytel and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Autobytel 1.51% 7.47% 5.68%
Autobytel Competitors -10.64% -9.72% -3.66%

Summary

Autobytel beats its competitors on 7 of the 13 factors compared.

About Autobytel

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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