Head-To-Head Survey: Copart (CPRT) versus Its Competitors

Copart (NASDAQ: CPRT) is one of 20 public companies in the “Automotive dealers & gasoline service stations” industry, but how does it contrast to its peers? We will compare Copart to related businesses based on the strength of its profitability, analyst recommendations, risk, earnings, institutional ownership, dividends and valuation.

Volatility and Risk

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Copart has a beta of 0.96, indicating that its stock price is 4% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Copart’s peers have a beta of 9.98, indicating that their average stock price is 898% more volatile than the S&P 500.



Profitability

This table compares Copart and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Copart 20.95% 30.94% 17.89%
Copart Competitors 3.22% 33.52% 3.60%

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Copart and its peers revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Copart $1.45 billion $394.22 million 40.20
Copart Competitors $8.01 billion $220.42 million 12.11

Copart’s peers have higher revenue, but lower earnings than Copart. Copart is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

81.0% of Copart shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 62.1% of shares of all “Automotive dealers & gasoline service stations” companies are owned by institutional investors. 16.4% of Copart shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 16.5% of shares of all “Automotive dealers & gasoline service stations” companies are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and price targets for Copart and its peers, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Copart 0 5 6 0 2.55
Copart Competitors 115 620 667 29 2.43

Copart presently has a consensus price target of $49.43, indicating a potential downside of 4.69%. As a group, “Automotive dealers & gasoline service stations” companies have a potential upside of 17.07%. Given Copart’s peers higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Copart has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Summary

Copart beats its peers on 7 of the 13 factors compared.

About Copart

Copart, Inc. provides online auctions and vehicle remarketing services. It offers a range of services for processing and selling vehicles over the Internet through its Virtual Bidding Third Generation Internet auction-style sales technology to vehicle sellers, insurance companies, banks and finance companies, charities, and fleet operators and dealers, as well as for individual owners. The company's services include online seller access, salvage estimation, estimating, end-of-life vehicle processing, virtual insured exchange, transportation, vehicle inspection stations, on-demand reporting, motor vehicle regulatory agency processing, flexible vehicle processing programs, buy it now, member network, sales process, and dealer services. Its services also comprise services to sell vehicles through CashForCars.com; and U-Pull-It service that allows buyer to remove valuable parts, and sell the remaining parts and car body. The company sells its products principally to licensed vehicle dismantlers, rebuilders, repair licensees, used vehicle dealers, and exporters, as well as to the general public. It operates in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, the United Arab Emirates, Oman, Bahrain, Germany, Brazil, the Republic of Ireland, Spain, and India. Copart, Inc. was founded in 1982 and is headquartered in Dallas, Texas.

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