AutoNation (NYSE: AN) and Camping World Holdings (NYSE:CWH) are both mid-cap retail/wholesale companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, risk, earnings, valuation, profitability, analyst recommendations and dividends.
This table compares AutoNation and Camping World Holdings’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
|Camping World Holdings||2.51%||-319.74%||7.45%|
This is a summary of recent ratings and target prices for AutoNation and Camping World Holdings, as reported by MarketBeat.com.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
|Camping World Holdings||0||0||11||0||3.00|
AutoNation presently has a consensus price target of $46.00, indicating a potential upside of 0.90%. Camping World Holdings has a consensus price target of $36.50, indicating a potential downside of 5.98%. Given AutoNation’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe AutoNation is more favorable than Camping World Holdings.
Camping World Holdings pays an annual dividend of $0.32 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.8%. AutoNation does not pay a dividend. Camping World Holdings pays out 14.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.
Valuation and Earnings
This table compares AutoNation and Camping World Holdings’ revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||EBITDA||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|AutoNation||$21.47 billion||0.21||$916.20 million||$4.02||11.34|
|Camping World Holdings||$3.83 billion||0.30||$359.76 million||$2.24||17.33|
AutoNation has higher revenue and earnings than Camping World Holdings. AutoNation is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Camping World Holdings, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.
Insider and Institutional Ownership
73.4% of AutoNation shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 92.3% of Camping World Holdings shares are owned by institutional investors. 3.1% of AutoNation shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 66.6% of Camping World Holdings shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.
Camping World Holdings beats AutoNation on 9 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.
AutoNation Company Profile
AutoNation, Inc. (AutoNation) is an automotive retailer in the United States. The Company offers a range of automotive products and services, including new vehicles, used vehicles, parts and service, which includes automotive repair and maintenance services, as well as wholesale parts and collision businesses, and automotive finance and insurance products, including vehicle service and other protection products, as well as the arranging of financing for vehicle purchases through third-party finance sources. It operates through three segments: Domestic, Import and Premium Luxury. Its Domestic segment consists of retail automotive franchises that sell new vehicles manufactured by General Motors, Ford and FCA US. The Import segment consists of retail automotive franchises that sell new vehicles manufactured primarily by Toyota, Honda and Nissan. The Premium Luxury segment consists of retail automotive franchises that sell new vehicles manufactured by Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Audi and Lexus.
Camping World Holdings Company Profile
Camping World Holdings, Inc. is a provider of a portfolio of services, protection plans, products and resources for recreational vehicle (RV) enthusiasts. The Company operates through two segments: Consumer Services and Plans, and Retail. Within the Consumer Services and Plans segment, the Company derives revenue from the sale of the offerings, including emergency roadside assistance; property and casualty insurance programs; travel assist programs; extended vehicle service contracts; co branded credit cards; vehicle financing and refinancing; club memberships, and publications and directories. Within the Retail segment, it derives revenue from the sale of the products, including new vehicles; used vehicles; parts and service, including RV accessories and supplies, and finance and insurance. The Company provides its offerings through its two brands: Good Sam and Camping World. Its Camping World brand operates a network of RV centric retail locations in the United States.
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