Autobytel (AUTO) versus Its Peers Critical Contrast
Autobytel (NASDAQ: AUTO) is one of 37 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 valuation, analyst recommendations, dividends, institutional ownership, risk, earnings and profitability.
This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for Autobytel and its competitors, as provided by MarketBeat.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
Autobytel presently has a consensus price target of $12.00, suggesting a potential upside of 74.42%. As a group, “Advertising & Marketing” companies have a potential upside of 13.46%. Given Autobytel’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Autobytel is more favorable than its competitors.
Risk and Volatility
Autobytel has a beta of 1.01, meaning that its stock price is 1% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Autobytel’s competitors have a beta of 1.07, meaning that their average stock price is 7% more volatile than the S&P 500.
Institutional & Insider 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 large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.
Earnings & Valuation
This table compares Autobytel and its competitors gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||EBITDA||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|Autobytel Competitors||$1.13 billion||$156.00 million||22.20|
Autobytel’s competitors have higher revenue and earnings than Autobytel. Autobytel is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.
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 competitors beat Autobytel on 8 of the 12 factors compared.
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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