Switch (NYSE:SWCH) and Autoweb (NASDAQ:AUTO) are both business services companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, risk, profitability, institutional ownership, valuation, earnings and analyst recommendations.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

18.1% of Switch shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 40.3% of Autoweb shares are owned by institutional investors. 12.6% of Switch shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 30.6% of Autoweb shares are owned 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.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings for Switch and Autoweb, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Switch 0 8 5 0 2.38
Autoweb 0 3 0 0 2.00

Switch currently has a consensus target price of $16.75, indicating a potential upside of 95.91%. Autoweb has a consensus target price of $5.00, indicating a potential upside of 93.05%. Given Switch’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Switch is more favorable than Autoweb.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Switch and Autoweb’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Switch $378.27 million 5.71 -$15.20 million N/A N/A
Autoweb $142.13 million 0.23 -$64.96 million $0.29 8.93

Switch has higher revenue and earnings than Autoweb.

Profitability

This table compares Switch and Autoweb’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Switch -12.35% 0.49% 0.21%
Autoweb -61.64% -7.50% -5.65%

Dividends

Switch pays an annual dividend of $0.06 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.7%. Autoweb does not pay a dividend.

Summary

Switch beats Autoweb on 10 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Switch

Switch, Inc., through its subsidiary, Switch, Ltd., provides colocation space and related services to technology and digital media companies, cloud and managed service providers, financial institutions, and telecommunications providers that conduct critical business on the Internet. The company develops and operates data centers in Nevada, Michigan, and Georgia. Switch, Inc. was founded in 2000 and is headquartered in Las Vegas, Nevada.

About Autoweb

AutoWeb, Inc. operates as a digital marketing company for the automotive industry in the United States. It assists automotive retail dealers and manufacturers to market and sell new and used vehicles to consumers through its programs. The company's products include new vehicle lead program, which allows consumers to submit requests for pricing and availability of specific makes and models; and used vehicle lead program, which allows consumers to search for used vehicles according to search parameters, such as price, make, model, mileage, year, and location of the vehicle. The company's products and services also comprise WebLeads+ that offers various coupon options, which display marketing messages to consumers visiting the dealer's Website; and Payment Pro, a dealer Website conversion tool that offers consumers real-time online monthly payment information, as well as sells fixed placement advertising across its Website to automotive advertisers. It owns and operates automotive Websites that offers consumers with the information and tools to aid them with their automotive purchase decisions; an automotive search engine that enables manufactures and dealers to optimize advertising campaigns; AutoWeb Traffic Product, a pay-per-click advertising program that offer targeted offers to consumers based on make, model, and geographic location; and AutoWeb consumer traffic referral product that engages car buyers from the AutoWeb's network of automotive Websites to present them with offers based on their make and model of interest, as well as geographic location. The company was formerly known as Autobytel Inc. and changed its name to AutoWeb, Inc. in October 2017. AutoWeb, Inc. was founded in 1995 and is headquartered in Irvine, California.

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