Reviewing AutoWeb Inc. (AUTO)’s and J.B. Hunt Transport Services Inc. (NASDAQ:JBHT)’s results

We will be contrasting the differences between AutoWeb Inc. (NASDAQ:AUTO) and J.B. Hunt Transport Services Inc. (NASDAQ:JBHT) as far as institutional ownership, earnings and valuation, profitability, risk, dividends, analyst recommendations are concerned. The two businesses are rivals in the Trucking industry.

Valuation and Earnings

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
AutoWeb Inc. 124.84M 0.37 33.90M -3.05 0.00
J.B. Hunt Transport Services Inc. 8.76B 1.09 491.04M 4.61 20.72

Table 1 showcases the top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation of AutoWeb Inc. and J.B. Hunt Transport Services Inc.


Table 2 hightlights the return on equity, return on assets and net margins of the two companies.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
AutoWeb Inc. -27.15% -215% -148.5%
J.B. Hunt Transport Services Inc. 5.61% 23.3% 10%

Risk & Volatility

AutoWeb Inc. has a beta of 0.06 and its 94.00% less volatile than S&P 500. J.B. Hunt Transport Services Inc. has a 1.05 beta and it is 5.00% more volatile than S&P 500.


J.B. Hunt Transport Services Inc. also pays out annual dividends at $0.98 per share and at a 1.12% dividend yield. AutoWeb Inc. does not offer a dividend.

Analyst Ratings

The Recommendations and Ratings for AutoWeb Inc. and J.B. Hunt Transport Services Inc. are featured in the next table.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Rating Score
AutoWeb Inc. 0 0 1 3.00
J.B. Hunt Transport Services Inc. 0 4 1 2.20

The average target price of AutoWeb Inc. is $5, with potential upside of 42.45%. Meanwhile, J.B. Hunt Transport Services Inc.’s average target price is $111.6, while its potential upside is 27.70%. Based on the analysts opinion we can conclude, AutoWeb Inc. is looking more favorable than J.B. Hunt Transport Services Inc.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

Roughly 23.1% of AutoWeb Inc. shares are held by institutional investors while 72.8% of J.B. Hunt Transport Services Inc. are owned by institutional investors. Insiders held 1.4% of AutoWeb Inc. shares. On the other hand, insiders held about 2.8% of J.B. Hunt Transport Services Inc.’s shares.


In this table we show the Weekly, Monthly, Quarterly, Half Yearly, Yearly and YTD Performance of both pretenders.

Performance (W) Performance (M) Performance (Q) Performance (HY) Performance (Y) Performance (YTD)
AutoWeb Inc. 0.31% -3.54% -7.63% 52.09% 6.51% 7.21%
J.B. Hunt Transport Services Inc. 0.27% -9.44% -13.98% -10.48% -22.8% 2.69%

For the past year AutoWeb Inc.’s stock price has bigger growth than J.B. Hunt Transport Services Inc.


On 10 of the 14 factors J.B. Hunt Transport Services Inc. beats AutoWeb Inc.

AutoWeb, Inc. operates as an automotive marketing services company 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 companyÂ’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, as well as finance leads program, which provides vehicle financing and other services from dealers or financial institutions. It owns and operates an automotive Website, that offers consumers the information and tools to aid them with their automotive purchase decisions; and an automotive search engine that enables manufactures and dealers to optimize advertising campaigns. The companyÂ’s products and services also comprise iControl by Autobytel, which allows dealers various options to filter and control vehicle leads; WebLeads+ that offers various coupon options, which display marketing messages to consumers visiting the dealer's Website; Email Manager that provides follow up emails on behalf of the dealers to consumers who have submitted leads; and Lead Call, which provides a live phone call to the consumer on behalf of the dealers and schedules an appointment for the consumer to visit the dealership regarding the vehicle. In addition, it offers Payment Pro, a dealer Website conversion tool that offers consumers online monthly payment information; mobile products and services that facilitate communication between dealers and car buyers on smart phones and tablets; and SaleMove, which allows auto dealers and manufacturers to interact with consumer through live video, audio and text based chat, or phone, as well as sells fixed placement advertising across its Website. 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.

J.B. Hunt Transport Services, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides surface transportation and delivery services in the continental United States, Canada, and Mexico. It operates through four segments: Intermodal (JBI), Dedicated Contract Services (DCS), Integrated Capacity Solutions (ICS), and Truck (JBT). The JBI segment offers intermodal freight solutions, such as origin and destination pickup, and delivery services. It operates 84,594 pieces of company-owned trailing equipment; owns and maintains its chassis fleet comprising 73,746 units; and manages a fleet of 4,581 company-owned tractors, 695 independent contractor trucks, and 5,398 company drivers. The DCS segment designs, develops, and executes supply-chain solutions that support various transportation networks. As of December 31, 2016, it operated 6,976 company-owned trucks, 410 customer-owned trucks, and 15 independent contractor trucks, as well as 16,139 owned pieces of trailing equipment, and 6,549 customer-owned trailers. The ICS segment provides traditional freight brokerage and transportation logistics solutions; and flatbed, refrigerated, expedited, and less-than-truckload solutions, as well as various dry-van and intermodal solutions. It also offers single-source logistics management for customers that desire to outsource their transportation functions. This segment operates 42 remote sales offices or branches. The JBT segment provides full-load and dry-van freight services by utilizing tractors operating over roads and highways. As of December 31, 2016, it operated 1,376 company-owned tractors. The company also transports or arranges for the transportation of freight, including general merchandise, specialty consumer items, appliances, forest and paper products, food and beverages, building materials, soaps and cosmetics, automotive parts, agricultural products, electronics, and chemicals. J.B. Hunt Transport Services, Inc. was founded in 1961 and is headquartered in Lowell, Arkansas.

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