Comparing Cars.com (CARS) & Care.com (CRCM)

Cars.com (NYSE: CARS) and Care.com (NYSE:CRCM) are both retail/wholesale companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, valuation, analyst recommendations, dividends, institutional ownership, profitability and earnings.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Cars.com and Care.com’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Cars.com $633.10 million 3.45 $176.37 million N/A N/A
Care.com $161.75 million 3.71 $7.04 million $0.15 133.08

Cars.com has higher revenue and earnings than Care.com.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current recommendations for Cars.com and Care.com, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Cars.com 0 1 2 0 2.67
Care.com 0 0 2 0 3.00

Cars.com presently has a consensus target price of $35.33, suggesting a potential upside of 16.00%. Care.com has a consensus target price of $16.00, suggesting a potential downside of 19.84%. Given Cars.com’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Cars.com is more favorable than Care.com.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

74.3% of Care.com shares are owned by institutional investors. 24.7% of Care.com shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares Cars.com and Care.com’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Cars.com 19.24% 8.18% 6.29%
Care.com 4.46% 17.27% 7.46%

Summary

Care.com beats Cars.com on 6 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

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.

About Care.com

Care.com, Inc. is an online marketplace for finding and managing family care. As of December 31, 2016, the Company had 22.8 million members, including 12.9 million families and 9.9 million caregivers, spanning 19 countries. Its consumer matching solutions allow families to search for, qualify, vet, connect with and select caregivers. It also provides caregivers with solutions to create personal profiles, describe their skills and experience, and otherwise differentiate and market themselves in a fragmented marketplace. In addition to consumer matching solutions, the Company offers its members products and services to facilitate their interaction with caregivers. It serves employers by providing access to certain of its products and services to employer-sponsored families. In addition, it serves care-related businesses, such as day care centers, nanny agencies and home care agencies, willing to market their services to its care-seeking families and recruit its caregiver members.

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