Analyzing Autobytel (AUTO) and Its Rivals

Autobytel (NASDAQ: AUTO) is one of 39 publicly-traded companies in the “Advertising & Marketing” industry, but how does it compare to its competitors? We will compare Autobytel to similar businesses based on the strength of its profitability, risk, institutional ownership, dividends, analyst recommendations, valuation and earnings.

Analyst Recommendations

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

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Autobytel 0 1 1 0 2.50
Autobytel Competitors 48 441 895 16 2.63

Autobytel currently has a consensus target price of $12.00, indicating a potential upside of 60.00%. As a group, “Advertising & Marketing” companies have a potential upside of 18.29%. Given Autobytel’s higher probable upside, equities research analysts plainly believe Autobytel is more favorable than its competitors.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Autobytel 1.51% 7.53% 5.71%
Autobytel Competitors -10.78% -9.82% -3.76%

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. 20.7% of Autobytel shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 22.7% of shares of all “Advertising & Marketing” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Volatility and Risk

Autobytel has a beta of 1.01, indicating that its share price is 1% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Autobytel’s competitors have a beta of 1.17, indicating that their average share price is 17% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings and Valuation

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

Gross Revenue NetIncome Price/Earnings Ratio
Autobytel $156.68 million $3.87 million 44.12
Autobytel Competitors $2.71 billion $171.61 million -330.91

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 8 of the 13 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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