Reviewing Cars.com (CARS) and The Competition

Cars.com (NYSE: CARS) is one of 45 public companies in the “Internet Services” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its peers? We will compare Cars.com to related businesses based on the strength of its analyst recommendations, valuation, dividends, institutional ownership, earnings, risk and profitability.

Profitability

This table compares Cars.com and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Cars.com N/A N/A N/A
Cars.com Competitors 1.12% 38.85% 7.65%

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Cars.com and its peers gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Cars.com N/A N/A N/A
Cars.com Competitors $954.98 million $110.67 million 691.41

Cars.com’s peers have higher revenue and earnings than Cars.com.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

66.0% of shares of all “Internet Services” companies are held by institutional investors. 21.1% of shares of all “Internet Services” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current recommendations for Cars.com and its peers, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Cars.com 0 1 2 0 2.67
Cars.com Competitors 418 1632 2744 93 2.51

Cars.com presently has a consensus price target of $34.00, suggesting a potential upside of 27.06%. As a group, “Internet Services” companies have a potential upside of 2.59%. Given Cars.com’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities analysts plainly believe Cars.com is more favorable than its peers.

Summary

Cars.com peers beat Cars.com on 7 of the 10 factors compared.

About Cars.com

Cars.com Inc. owns a digital automotive marketplace business (Cars.com). Cars.com is an online research destination for car shoppers. The Company is engaged in the sale of online subscription advertising products targeting car dealerships. It offers a suite of products and services targeting the automotive needs of its buyer and seller customers. Cars.com offers a digital automotive marketplace search engine that helps car buyers to make informed purchasing decisions and helps sellers to engage with a portion of their target customer base. This online automotive marketplace service connects buyers and sellers across five Websites: Cars.com, Auto.com, DealerRater.com, NewCars.com and PickupTrucks.com. Its automotive marketplace products also include credible user and automotive and dealer reviews. It is also engaged in the sale of display advertising to national advertisers. Car buyers and car owners interface with Cars.com primarily through the Cars.com sites and mobile applications.

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