The Head to Head Survey: Autobytel (AUTO) & The Competition

The Head to Head Survey: Autobytel (AUTO) & The Competition

Autobytel (NASDAQ: AUTO) is one of 37 publicly-traded 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 analyst recommendations, earnings, valuation, risk, institutional ownership, profitability and dividends.

Profitability

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

Institutional and Insider Ownership

57.6% of Autobytel shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 59.1% of shares of all “Advertising & Marketing” companies are held by institutional investors. 12.8% of Autobytel shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 22.1% of shares of all “Advertising & Marketing” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Risk and Volatility

Autobytel has a beta of 0.97, meaning that its share price is 3% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Autobytel’s competitors have a beta of 1.05, meaning that their average share price is 5% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and target prices for Autobytel and its competitors, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Autobytel presently has a consensus price target of $12.00, suggesting a potential upside of 69.83%. As a group, “Advertising & Marketing” companies have a potential upside of 12.52%. Given Autobytel’s higher possible upside, equities analysts clearly believe Autobytel is more favorable than its competitors.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Autobytel and its competitors gross 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.

Summary

Autobytel competitors beat Autobytel on 7 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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