Critical Comparison: CarGurus (CARG) versus Sphere 3D (ANY)

CarGurus (NASDAQ: CARG) and Sphere 3D (NASDAQ:ANY) are both auto/tires/trucks companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, profitability, risk, analyst recommendations, valuation, earnings and institutional ownership.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings for CarGurus and Sphere 3D, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
CarGurus 0 4 3 0 2.43
Sphere 3D 0 0 0 0 N/A

CarGurus currently has a consensus price target of $36.00, suggesting a potential upside of 1.87%. Given CarGurus’ higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe CarGurus is more favorable than Sphere 3D.

Profitability

This table compares CarGurus and Sphere 3D’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
CarGurus N/A N/A N/A
Sphere 3D -31.80% -84.04% -11.62%

Institutional and Insider Ownership

50.6% of CarGurus shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 6.6% of Sphere 3D shares are held by institutional investors. 51.0% of CarGurus shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 1.1% of Sphere 3D shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares CarGurus and Sphere 3D’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
CarGurus $316.86 million 12.04 $13.19 million $0.12 294.50
Sphere 3D $81.52 million 0.09 -$26.18 million N/A N/A

CarGurus has higher revenue and earnings than Sphere 3D.

Summary

CarGurus beats Sphere 3D on 10 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

About CarGurus

CarGurus, Inc. operates an online automotive marketplace connecting buyers and sellers of new and used cars worldwide. The company's marketplace enables users with third-party validation on pricing, dealer reputation, and other information. As of June 30, 2017, it had an active dealer network of approximately 40,000 dealers; and approximately 5.4 million car listings. The company was founded in 2005 and is headquartered in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

About Sphere 3D

Sphere 3D Corp. provides data management, and desktop and application virtualization solutions in the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and the Asia Pacific. It enables organizations to deploy a combination of public, private, or hybrid cloud strategies through containerized applications, virtual desktops, virtual storage, and physical hyper-converged platforms. The company offers RDX removable disk systems that provide scalability, centralized management, encryption and duplication, and reliability for backup, archive, data interchange, and disaster recovery; G-Series Appliance and G-Series Cloud applications; and Glassware Open Virtual Appliance and Open Virtual Format products. It also provides HVE converged and hyper-converged Infrastructure solutions, such as HVE-STACK high density server solution; HVE-VELOCITY high availability dual enclosure storage area network solution; and HVE 3DGFX, a virtualized desktop infrastructure solution. In addition, the company offers SnapServer network attached storage solution, a platform for primary or nearline storage for integration with Windows, UNIX/Linux, and Macintosh environments; NEO tape-based backup and long-term archive solutions, including tape libraries, autoloaders, and drives, as well as linear tape file system solutions; and LTO tape drives and media products. Sphere 3D Corp. markets its products under the RDX, Glassware 2.0, SnapCLOUD, SnapServer, SnapSync, NEO, and V3 brand names. The company sells its products through its distributor and reseller network to small and medium businesses, and distributed enterprises. Sphere 3D Corp. is headquartered in Mississauga, Canada.

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Foxconn Launches Investigation After Reports Of Harsh Working Conditions At Its Factory Foxconn has announced that it has launched investigations into allegations of harsh working conditions at its factory. The company made the announcement after China Labor Watch, which is based in the New York, published a report that indicated Amazon’s workers were being subjected to many hours of work, inadequate training, low wages as well as over dependence on temporary workers. Undercover investigation Before compiling the report, an investigator from China Labor Watch went underground and acted as a worker in the factory. He then interviewed 20 workers, as well as took time to observe the conditions. During the period of investigation, the undercover investigator secured a position in the factory to clean Echo Dot speakers using a toothbrush soaked in rubbing alcohol to remove dust. In its investigation, China Labor Watch said around 40% of the employees at the factory were on temporary basis. This is far beyond the 10% that is legally allowed under the Chinese law. Additionally, the investigation also found out that dispatch employees were paid at the same rate for both regular and overtime hours. According to the investigation, the company was paying dispatch workers $2.26 per hour. Additionally, workers were working over 100 hours in over time every month during peak season. This is way beyond the 36 hours of overtime allowed under the law. Additionally, some workers worked for 14 consecutive days. Amazon’s audit In its response, Amazon said it carried out an audit of the factory and found that dispatch workers and overtime are matters of great concern. Amazon in a statement, said following the revelation, it requested Foxconn to put in place a corrective plan. Amazon said it is currently monitoring the response from Foxconn as well as the compliance with its Supplier Code of Conduct. Amazon expressed its commitment to ensuring that the matter is fully resolved. Echo Speakers Amazon, which is the largest online retailer in the world, sells a variety of devices. The company uses tablets and kindles to sell more digital books. Foxconn, which is based in Taiwan is the largest manufacturer of contract electronics in the world and has a headcount of over a million people. The company, which makes Apple iPhones made headlines following as series of suicides at its plant. The suicides were linked to poor working conditions at the plant to which the company responded with a promise to improve the working conditions.

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