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

Earnings and Valuation

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

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
GDS $248.40 million 16.42 -$48.38 million ($0.51) -68.12
Autoweb $142.13 million 0.32 -$64.96 million $0.29 12.07

GDS has higher revenue and earnings than Autoweb. GDS is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Autoweb, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
GDS -18.51% -8.53% -2.72%
Autoweb -61.64% -7.50% -5.65%

Analyst Ratings

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

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
GDS 0 0 5 1 3.17
Autoweb 0 3 0 0 2.00

GDS currently has a consensus price target of $41.52, suggesting a potential upside of 19.51%. Autoweb has a consensus price target of $5.00, suggesting a potential upside of 42.86%. Given Autoweb’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Autoweb is more favorable than GDS.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

39.3% of GDS shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 40.3% of Autoweb shares are held by institutional investors. 30.6% of Autoweb shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Risk & Volatility

GDS has a beta of 2.53, meaning that its share price is 153% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Autoweb has a beta of 1.36, meaning that its share price is 36% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

GDS beats Autoweb on 9 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

About GDS

GDS Holdings Limited, together with its subsidiaries, designs, builds, and operates data centers in the People's Republic of China. The company provides colocation, managed hosting, and managed cloud services. Its data centers service customers that primarily operate in the Internet and banking industries in Shanghai, Beijing, Shenzhen, Guangzhou, and Chengdu. The company serves Internet companies, financial institutions, telecommunications and IT service providers, and large domestic private sector and multinational corporations. GDS Holdings Limited was incorporated in 2006 and is headquartered in Shanghai, the People's Republic of China.

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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