Analyzing AutoNation (AN) and The Competition

AutoNation (NYSE: AN) is one of 20 publicly-traded companies in the “Automotive dealers & gasoline service stations” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its peers? We will compare AutoNation to similar companies based on the strength of its valuation, earnings, risk, dividends, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership and profitability.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
AutoNation 2.02% 16.24% 3.81%
AutoNation Competitors 3.22% 33.52% 3.60%

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares AutoNation and its peers top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
AutoNation $21.53 billion $434.60 million 12.49
AutoNation Competitors $8.01 billion $218.36 million 12.70

AutoNation has higher revenue and earnings than its peers. AutoNation is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

69.2% of AutoNation shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 64.7% of shares of all “Automotive dealers & gasoline service stations” companies are owned by institutional investors. 2.8% of AutoNation shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 17.0% of shares of all “Automotive dealers & gasoline service stations” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and target prices for AutoNation and its peers, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
AutoNation 0 9 2 0 2.18
AutoNation Competitors 116 608 661 28 2.43

AutoNation currently has a consensus price target of $50.78, indicating a potential upside of 6.70%. As a group, “Automotive dealers & gasoline service stations” companies have a potential upside of 16.73%. Given AutoNation’s peers stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe AutoNation has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Risk & Volatility

AutoNation has a beta of 1.4, meaning that its share price is 40% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, AutoNation’s peers have a beta of 9.98, meaning that their average share price is 898% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

AutoNation peers beat AutoNation on 9 of the 13 factors compared.

AutoNation Company Profile

AutoNation, Inc., through its subsidiaries, operates as an automotive retailer in the United States. The company operates through three segments: Domestic, Import, and Premium Luxury. It offers a range of automotive products and services, including new and used vehicles; and parts and services, such as automotive repair and maintenance, and wholesale parts and collision services. The company also provides automotive finance and insurance products comprising vehicle services and other protection products, as well as arranges finance for vehicle purchases through third-party finance sources. As of December 31, 2017, it owned and operated 360 new vehicle franchises from 253 stores located primarily in metropolitan markets in the Sunbelt region. The company was founded in 1991 and is headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

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