Comparing Motorcar Parts of America (MPAA) and Autoweb (AUTO)

Autoweb (NASDAQ: AUTO) and Motorcar Parts of America (NASDAQ:MPAA) are both small-cap auto/tires/trucks companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, dividends, profitability, valuation and risk.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Autoweb and Motorcar Parts of America’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Autoweb $142.13 million 0.31 -$64.96 million ($5.15) -0.65
Motorcar Parts of America $421.25 million 1.00 $37.57 million $0.86 25.69

Motorcar Parts of America has higher revenue and earnings than Autoweb. Autoweb is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Motorcar Parts of America, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Volatility & Risk

Autoweb has a beta of 1.08, suggesting that its share price is 8% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Motorcar Parts of America has a beta of 1.24, suggesting that its share price is 24% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for Autoweb and Motorcar Parts of America, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Autoweb 0 2 1 0 2.33
Motorcar Parts of America 0 0 3 0 3.00

Autoweb currently has a consensus price target of $5.45, suggesting a potential upside of 62.69%. Motorcar Parts of America has a consensus price target of $34.67, suggesting a potential upside of 56.93%. Given Autoweb’s higher possible upside, equities research analysts clearly believe Autoweb is more favorable than Motorcar Parts of America.


This table compares Autoweb and Motorcar Parts of America’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Autoweb -45.71% 3.95% 3.02%
Motorcar Parts of America 4.02% 13.00% 7.56%

Insider and Institutional Ownership

50.3% of Autoweb shares are held by institutional investors. 12.8% of Autoweb shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 4.2% of Motorcar Parts of America shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.


Motorcar Parts of America beats Autoweb on 11 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

Autoweb 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, 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.

Motorcar Parts of America Company Profile

Motorcar Parts of America, Inc. is a manufacturer, remanufacturer and distributor of automotive aftermarket parts, including alternators, starters, wheel hub assembly, brake master cylinders, brake power boosters and turbochargers utilized in imported and domestic passenger vehicles, light trucks and heavy-duty applications. The Company sells its products in North America to auto parts retail and traditional warehouse chains and to automobile manufacturers for both their aftermarket programs and their warranty replacement programs (OES). It recycles materials, including metal from the used cores and corrugated packaging. The Company carries over 13,000 stock keeping units (SKUs) for automotive parts that are sold under its customers’ recognized private label brand names and its Quality-Built, Pure Energy, Xtreme, Reliance and other brand names. It sells its products to automotive retail outlets and the professional repair market throughout the United States and Canada.

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