Reviewing Autohome (ATHM) and Care.com (NYSE:CRCM)

Care.com (NYSE: CRCM) and Autohome (NYSE:ATHM) are both consumer discretionary companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, dividends, risk, earnings, profitability, analyst recommendations and valuation.

Analyst Ratings

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This is a breakdown of current recommendations for Care.com and Autohome, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Care.com 0 1 1 0 2.50
Autohome 0 0 4 0 3.00

Care.com currently has a consensus target price of $18.00, indicating a potential upside of 11.39%. Autohome has a consensus target price of $74.95, indicating a potential downside of 14.32%. Given Care.com’s higher probable upside, research analysts plainly believe Care.com is more favorable than Autohome.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Care.com and Autohome’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Care.com $174.09 million 2.83 $10.66 million $0.27 59.85
Autohome $954.49 million 10.83 $307.64 million $2.63 33.26

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

Insider and Institutional Ownership

72.6% of Care.com shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 40.8% of Autohome shares are held by institutional investors. 24.7% of Care.com shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 5.7% of Autohome shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Volatility & Risk

Care.com has a beta of 1.03, suggesting that its share price is 3% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Autohome has a beta of 2.13, suggesting that its share price is 113% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Care.com and Autohome’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Care.com 6.13% 16.30% 7.27%
Autohome 32.35% 25.51% 17.72%

Summary

Autohome beats Care.com on 10 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Care.com

Care.com, Inc. is an online marketplace for finding and managing family care. As of December 31, 2016, the Company had 22.8 million members, including 12.9 million families and 9.9 million caregivers, spanning 19 countries. Its consumer matching solutions allow families to search for, qualify, vet, connect with and select caregivers. It also provides caregivers with solutions to create personal profiles, describe their skills and experience, and otherwise differentiate and market themselves in a fragmented marketplace. In addition to consumer matching solutions, the Company offers its members products and services to facilitate their interaction with caregivers. It serves employers by providing access to certain of its products and services to employer-sponsored families. In addition, it serves care-related businesses, such as day care centers, nanny agencies and home care agencies, willing to market their services to its care-seeking families and recruit its caregiver members.

About Autohome

Autohome Inc. operates as an online destination for automobile consumers in the People's Republic of China. The company, through its Websites, autohome.com.cn and che168.com, delivers comprehensive, independent, and interactive content to automobile buyers and owners, including company generated content, include automobile-related articles and reviews, pricing trends in various local markets, and photos and video clips; automobile library, which includes a range of specifications covering performance levels, dimensions, powertrains, vehicle bodies, interiors, safety, entertainment systems, and other unique features, as well as manufacturers' suggested retail prices; new and used automobile listings, and promotional information; and user forums and user generated content. Autohome Inc. also offers advertising services for automakers and dealers; dealer subscription services that allow dealers to market their inventory and services through its Websites; and used automobile listings services, which allow used automobile dealers and individuals to market their automobiles for sale on its Websites. In addition, it operates Autohome Mall, an online transaction platform that facilitates direct vehicle sales and commission-based services; provides iOS- and Android-based applications to allow its users to access its content; and offers technical and consulting services. The company was formerly known as Sequel Limited and changed its name to Autohome Inc. in October 2011. The company was founded in 2008 and is headquartered in Beijing, the People's Republic of China. Autohome Inc. is a subsidiary of Yun Chen Capital Cayman.

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