O’Reilly Automotive (NASDAQ: ORLY) and VOXX International Corporation (NASDAQ:VOXX) are both retail/wholesale companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, earnings, risk, institutional ownership, profitabiliy, analyst recommendations and valuation.

Profitability

This table compares O’Reilly Automotive and VOXX International Corporation’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
O’Reilly Automotive 12.23% 72.22% 14.36%
VOXX International Corporation 0.83% 1.45% 0.83%

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and price targets for O’Reilly Automotive and VOXX International Corporation, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
O’Reilly Automotive 0 11 7 1 2.47
VOXX International Corporation 0 1 0 0 2.00

O’Reilly Automotive presently has a consensus target price of $240.11, suggesting a potential upside of 16.79%. VOXX International Corporation has a consensus target price of $7.00, suggesting a potential upside of 0.00%. Given O’Reilly Automotive’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe O’Reilly Automotive is more favorable than VOXX International Corporation.

Volatility and Risk

O’Reilly Automotive has a beta of 0.74, suggesting that its stock price is 26% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, VOXX International Corporation has a beta of 0.94, suggesting that its stock price is 6% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

92.5% of O’Reilly Automotive shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 52.4% of VOXX International Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. 3.1% of O’Reilly Automotive shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 17.8% of VOXX International Corporation shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares O’Reilly Automotive and VOXX International Corporation’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
O’Reilly Automotive $8.77 billion 2.06 $1.94 billion $11.42 18.00
VOXX International Corporation $684.69 million 0.25 $15.82 million $0.23 30.44

O’Reilly Automotive has higher revenue and earnings than VOXX International Corporation. O’Reilly Automotive is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than VOXX International Corporation, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Summary

O’Reilly Automotive beats VOXX International Corporation on 12 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

About O’Reilly Automotive

O’Reilly Automotive, Inc. is a specialty retailer of automotive aftermarket parts, tools, supplies, equipment and accessories in the United States. The Company sells its products to both do-it-yourself (DIY) and professional service provider customers. The Company’s product line includes new and remanufactured automotive hard parts, such as alternators, starters, fuel pumps, water pumps, brake system components, batteries, belts, hoses, temperature control, chassis parts, driveline parts and engine parts; maintenance items, such as oil, antifreeze, fluids, filters, wiper blades, lighting, engine additives and appearance products, and accessories, such as floor mats, seat covers and truck accessories. The Company’s stores offer various services and programs to its customers, such as used oil, oil filter and battery recycling; battery diagnostic testing; electrical and module testing; check engine light code extraction; loaner tool program; custom hydraulic hoses, and machine shops.

About VOXX International Corporation

VOXX International Corporation is an international manufacturer and distributor in the automotive, audio and consumer accessories industries. The Company’s segments include Automotive, Premium Audio and Consumer Accessories. The Automotive segment designs, manufactures, distributes and markets rear-seat entertainment devices, satellite radio products, remote start systems, digital television tuners, mobile antennas, mobile multimedia devices, car link-smartphone telematics application, collision avoidance systems and others. The Premium Audio segment designs, manufactures, distributes and markets home theater systems, outdoor speakers, iPod/computer speakers, business music systems, cinema speakers, flat panel speakers, Bluetooth speakers and others. The Consumer Accessories segment designs and markets remote controls, rechargeable battery packs, wireless and Bluetooth speakers, Singtrix karaoke products, 360 Fly Action Cameras, personal sound amplifiers and others.

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