U.S. Auto Parts Network (NASDAQ: PRTS) and VOXX International Corporation (NASDAQ:VOXX) are both small-cap retail/wholesale companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their risk, dividends, earnings, profitability, valuation, analyst recommendations and institutional ownership.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

69.6% of U.S. Auto Parts Network shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 54.4% of VOXX International Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. 40.7% of U.S. Auto Parts Network shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 17.8% of VOXX International Corporation shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares U.S. Auto Parts Network and VOXX International Corporation’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
U.S. Auto Parts Network $305.87 million 0.32 $8.30 million $0.64 4.22
VOXX International Corporation $684.69 million 0.28 $15.82 million $0.23 33.91

VOXX International Corporation has higher revenue and earnings than U.S. Auto Parts Network. U.S. Auto Parts Network 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.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and target prices for U.S. Auto Parts Network and VOXX International Corporation, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
U.S. Auto Parts Network 0 0 1 0 3.00
VOXX International Corporation 0 1 0 0 2.00

U.S. Auto Parts Network currently has a consensus price target of $4.00, suggesting a potential upside of 48.15%. VOXX International Corporation has a consensus price target of $7.00, suggesting a potential downside of 10.26%. Given U.S. Auto Parts Network’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities analysts plainly believe U.S. Auto Parts Network is more favorable than VOXX International Corporation.

Profitability

This table compares U.S. Auto Parts Network and VOXX International Corporation’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
U.S. Auto Parts Network 8.41% 5.30% 1.66%
VOXX International Corporation 0.83% 1.45% 0.83%

Volatility and Risk

U.S. Auto Parts Network has a beta of 1.49, suggesting that its share price is 49% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, VOXX International Corporation has a beta of 0.93, suggesting that its share price is 7% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

U.S. Auto Parts Network beats VOXX International Corporation on 12 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

About U.S. Auto Parts Network

U.S. Auto Parts Network, Inc. is an online provider of automotive aftermarket parts and repair information. The Company is an online provider of aftermarket auto parts, including collision parts, engine parts, and performance parts and accessories. The Company operates through two segments: Base USAP, which is an auto parts business, and AutoMD, an online automotive repair source. The Company’s Websites provide customers with a range of stock keeping units (SKUs) with detailed product descriptions, attributes and photographs. The Company’s product database maps its SKUs to product applications based on vehicle makes, models and years. The Company primarily sells its products to individual consumers through its network of Websites and online marketplaces. The Company classifies its products into various categories, including collision parts serving the body repair segment, engine parts to serve the replacement/wear parts market, and performance parts and accessories.

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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