Contrasting Autobytel (AUTO) & Its Rivals

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

Profitability

This table compares Autobytel and its peers’ 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%

Risk & Volatility

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

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings for Autobytel and its peers, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Autobytel 0 1 1 0 2.50
Autobytel Competitors 48 430 887 16 2.63

Autobytel presently has a consensus price target of $12.00, indicating a potential upside of 75.18%. As a group, “Advertising & Marketing” companies have a potential upside of 12.92%. Given Autobytel’s higher probable upside, equities research analysts plainly believe Autobytel is more favorable than its peers.

Valuation and Earnings

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

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Autobytel N/A N/A 18.51
Autobytel Competitors $1.17 billion $157.21 million 18.53

Autobytel’s peers have higher revenue and earnings than Autobytel. Autobytel is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

57.2% 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 insiders. Comparatively, 22.1% of shares of all “Advertising & Marketing” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

Autobytel peers 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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