Shift Technologies (NASDAQ:INSU) and Penske Automotive Group (NYSE:PAG) are both unclassified companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, valuation, profitability, dividends, earnings, institutional ownership and risk.
Valuation & Earnings
This table compares Shift Technologies and Penske Automotive Group’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||Net Income||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|Shift Technologies||N/A||N/A||$1.33 million||N/A||N/A|
|Penske Automotive Group||$23.18 billion||0.19||$435.80 million||$5.28||10.44|
Penske Automotive Group has higher revenue and earnings than Shift Technologies.
This table compares Shift Technologies and Penske Automotive Group’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
|Penske Automotive Group||1.53%||11.48%||2.32%|
Volatility & Risk
Shift Technologies has a beta of 0.7, suggesting that its stock price is 30% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Penske Automotive Group has a beta of 1.7, suggesting that its stock price is 70% more volatile than the S&P 500.
This is a breakdown of current ratings for Shift Technologies and Penske Automotive Group, as reported by MarketBeat.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
|Penske Automotive Group||0||3||5||0||2.63|
Shift Technologies presently has a consensus target price of $20.00, indicating a potential upside of 77.94%. Penske Automotive Group has a consensus target price of $51.00, indicating a potential downside of 7.49%. Given Shift Technologies’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities research analysts plainly believe Shift Technologies is more favorable than Penske Automotive Group.
Institutional and Insider Ownership
57.6% of Shift Technologies shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 38.1% of Penske Automotive Group shares are owned by institutional investors. 26.7% of Shift Technologies shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 44.1% of Penske Automotive Group shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.
Penske Automotive Group beats Shift Technologies on 8 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.
About Shift Technologies
Shift Technologies, Inc. provides an online platform that allows people to buy and sell their new and used cars. The company offers sedans, hatchbacks, wagons, SUVs, vans, coupes, convertibles, and trucks. It also offers financing options. The company was founded in 2013 and is based in San Francisco, California with physical locations in San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego, and Sacramento, California; and Portland, Oregon.
About Penske Automotive Group
Penske Automotive Group, Inc. operates as a transportation services company. The company operates through four segments: Retail Automotive, Retail Commercial Truck, Other, and Non-Automotive Investments. It operates automotive and commercial truck dealerships principally in the United States, Canada, and Western Europe; and distributes commercial vehicles, diesel engines, gas engines, power systems, and related parts and services primarily in Australia and New Zealand. The company also engages in the sale of new and used motor vehicles of approximately 40 brands; and provision of vehicle services and collision repair services. In addition, it is involved in the sale and placement of third-party finance and insurance products, third-party extended service and maintenance contracts, and replacement and aftermarket automotive products. Further, the company distributes commercial vehicles and parts to a network of approximately 70 dealership locations, including 9 company-owned retail commercial vehicle dealerships. As of December 31, 2018, it operated 345 automotive retail franchises, of which 154 franchises are located in the United States; and 191 franchises are located outside of the United States primarily in the United Kingdom. The company also operated 20 dealership locations of heavy and medium duty trucks, offering primarily Freightliner and Western Star branded trucks, as well as a range of used trucks, and services and parts. Penske Automotive Group, Inc. is headquartered in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.
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