Asbury Automotive Group (NYSE: ABG) and Camping World Holdings (NYSE:CWH) are both small-cap retail/wholesale companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their profitabiliy, valuation, risk, analyst recommendations, earnings, dividends and institutional ownership.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current recommendations for Asbury Automotive Group and Camping World Holdings, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Asbury Automotive Group 1 4 0 0 1.80
Camping World Holdings 0 1 10 0 2.91

Asbury Automotive Group currently has a consensus price target of $56.75, suggesting a potential upside of 7.08%. Camping World Holdings has a consensus price target of $33.00, suggesting a potential upside of 1.79%. Given Asbury Automotive Group’s higher probable upside, research analysts clearly believe Asbury Automotive Group is more favorable than Camping World Holdings.

Profitability

This table compares Asbury Automotive Group and Camping World Holdings’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Asbury Automotive Group 2.53% 46.58% 5.69%
Camping World Holdings N/A N/A N/A

Insider & Institutional Ownership

99.9% of Asbury Automotive Group shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 83.2% of Camping World Holdings shares are owned by institutional investors. 11.9% of Asbury Automotive Group shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 66.6% of Camping World Holdings shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Dividends

Camping World Holdings pays an annual dividend of $0.32 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.0%. Asbury Automotive Group does not pay a dividend.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Asbury Automotive Group and Camping World Holdings’ revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Asbury Automotive Group $6.53 billion 0.17 $326.10 million $7.68 6.90
Camping World Holdings $3.61 billion 0.17 $321.10 million N/A N/A

Asbury Automotive Group has higher revenue and earnings than Camping World Holdings.

Summary

Asbury Automotive Group beats Camping World Holdings on 7 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Asbury Automotive Group

Asbury Automotive Group, Inc. is an automotive retailer in the United States. As of December 31, 2016, the Company owned and operated 93 new vehicle franchises, representing 28 brands of automobiles at 77 dealership locations, and 23 collision centers in the United States. In addition, as of December 31, 2016, it owned and operated two standalone used vehicle stores in Florida. Its stores offer automotive products and services, including new and used vehicles; parts and service, including vehicle repair and maintenance services, replacement parts, and collision repair services; and finance and insurance products, including arranging vehicle financing through third parties and aftermarket products, such as extended service contracts, guaranteed asset protection (GAP) insurance, prepaid maintenance, and credit life and disability insurance. Its new vehicle revenues include new vehicle sales and lease transactions arranged by dealerships with third-party financial institutions.

About Camping World Holdings

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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