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 institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, profitability, risk, dividends, valuation and earnings.

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 3.15% 10.96% 8.20%
Autobytel Competitors -11.29% -10.91% -4.15%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current recommendations for Autobytel and its competitors, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Autobytel 0 1 1 0 2.50
Autobytel Competitors 48 427 884 16 2.63

Autobytel currently has a consensus target price of $12.00, indicating a potential upside of 67.83%. As a group, “Advertising & Marketing” companies have a potential upside of 12.51%. Given Autobytel’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Autobytel is more favorable than its competitors.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

57.6% of Autobytel shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 59.1% of shares of all “Advertising & Marketing” companies are owned by institutional investors. 20.7% of Autobytel shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 22.7% of shares of all “Advertising & Marketing” companies are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Valuation & Earnings

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

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Autobytel N/A N/A 19.32
Autobytel Competitors $1.17 billion $157.21 million 18.90

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.

Volatility and Risk

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

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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