Autobytel (AUTO) and The Competition Head-To-Head Survey

Autobytel (NASDAQ: AUTO) is one of 37 public companies in the “Advertising & Marketing” industry, but how does it contrast to its rivals? We will compare Autobytel to related companies based on the strength of its earnings, institutional ownership, risk, profitability, analyst recommendations, dividends and valuation.

Earnings and Valuation

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

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Autobytel N/A N/A 18.11
Autobytel Competitors $1.17 billion $157.21 million 18.50

Autobytel’s rivals have higher revenue and earnings than Autobytel. Autobytel 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.

Risk and Volatility

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

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Autobytel 3.15% 10.96% 8.20%
Autobytel Competitors -11.34% -11.15% -4.30%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and price targets for Autobytel and its rivals, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Autobytel 0 1 1 0 2.50
Autobytel Competitors 48 430 886 16 2.63

Autobytel currently has a consensus price target of $12.00, indicating a potential upside of 79.10%. As a group, “Advertising & Marketing” companies have a potential upside of 12.92%. Given Autobytel’s higher probable upside, research analysts plainly believe Autobytel is more favorable than its rivals.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

57.2% of Autobytel shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 59.1% of shares of all “Advertising & Marketing” companies are owned by institutional investors. 12.8% of Autobytel shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 22.1% of shares of all “Advertising & Marketing” companies are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

Autobytel rivals 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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