Head-To-Head Comparison: AutoNation (NYSE:AN) versus The Competition

AutoNation (NYSE: AN) is one of 20 public companies in the “Automotive dealers & gasoline service stations” industry, but how does it compare to its rivals? We will compare AutoNation to related businesses based on the strength of its dividends, risk, valuation, institutional ownership, earnings, profitability and analyst recommendations.

Earnings and Valuation

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This table compares AutoNation and its rivals top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
AutoNation $21.53 billion $434.60 million 12.20
AutoNation Competitors $8.01 billion $218.36 million 12.43

AutoNation has higher revenue and earnings than its rivals. AutoNation is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its rivals, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

69.2% of AutoNation shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 64.7% of shares of all “Automotive dealers & gasoline service stations” companies are held by institutional investors. 2.8% of AutoNation shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 17.0% of shares of all “Automotive dealers & gasoline service stations” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and price targets for AutoNation and its rivals, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
AutoNation 0 9 2 0 2.18
AutoNation Competitors 116 608 661 28 2.43

AutoNation presently has a consensus target price of $50.78, indicating a potential upside of 9.27%. As a group, “Automotive dealers & gasoline service stations” companies have a potential upside of 18.98%. Given AutoNation’s rivals stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe AutoNation has less favorable growth aspects than its rivals.


This table compares AutoNation and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
AutoNation 2.02% 16.24% 3.81%
AutoNation Competitors 3.22% 33.52% 3.60%

Volatility & Risk

AutoNation has a beta of 1.4, meaning that its stock price is 40% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, AutoNation’s rivals have a beta of 9.98, meaning that their average stock price is 898% more volatile than the S&P 500.


AutoNation rivals beat AutoNation on 9 of the 13 factors compared.

About AutoNation

AutoNation, Inc., through its subsidiaries, operates as an automotive retailer in the United States. The company operates through three segments: Domestic, Import, and Premium Luxury. It offers a range of automotive products and services, including new and used vehicles; and parts and services, such as automotive repair and maintenance, and wholesale parts and collision services. The company also provides automotive finance and insurance products comprising vehicle services and other protection products, as well as arranges finance for vehicle purchases through third-party finance sources. As of December 31, 2017, it owned and operated 360 new vehicle franchises from 253 stores located primarily in metropolitan markets in the Sunbelt region. The company was founded in 1991 and is headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

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