Comparing Lentuo International (LASLY) & TravelCenters of America (NASDAQ:TA)

Lentuo International (OTCMKTS:LASLY) and TravelCenters of America (NASDAQ:TA) are both auto/tires/trucks companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, earnings, dividends, profitability, risk and valuation.

Risk and Volatility

Lentuo International has a beta of 139.35, meaning that its stock price is 13,835% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, TravelCenters of America has a beta of 1.77, meaning that its stock price is 77% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and target prices for Lentuo International and TravelCenters of America, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Lentuo International 0 0 0 0 N/A
TravelCenters of America 0 1 2 0 2.67

TravelCenters of America has a consensus price target of $10.33, indicating a potential upside of 159.63%. Given TravelCenters of America’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe TravelCenters of America is more favorable than Lentuo International.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Lentuo International and TravelCenters of America’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Lentuo International N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
TravelCenters of America $6.23 billion 0.03 -$120.55 million ($0.64) -6.22

Lentuo International has higher earnings, but lower revenue than TravelCenters of America.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

35.3% of TravelCenters of America shares are held by institutional investors. 8.4% of TravelCenters of America shares are held 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.

Profitability

This table compares Lentuo International and TravelCenters of America’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Lentuo International N/A N/A N/A
TravelCenters of America -1.82% -6.89% -2.17%

Summary

TravelCenters of America beats Lentuo International on 5 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Lentuo International

Lentuo International, Inc. provides automobile retail services under the Lentuo brand. The company operates seven franchise dealerships, that offers services on different brands of vehicles, including Audi, FAW-Volkswagen, FAW-Mazda, Shanghai-Volkswagen, Toyota, Chang An-Mazda and GAC-Honda. It offers a wide range of automobile products and services through each of its franchise dealerships. The company also assists its customers with procuring automobile insurance and financing and other automobile-related services. It offers new passenger vehicles, auto parts and accessories for sale, as well as automobile repair and maintenance services, and provides a channel for vehicle manufacturers to gather customer feedback. The company was founded by Hetong Guo on June 10, 1994 and is headquartered in Beijing, China.

About TravelCenters of America

TravelCenters of America LLC operates travel centers and standalone restaurants in the United States and Canada. Its travel centers offer a range of products and services, including diesel fuel and gasoline, as well as nonfuel products and services, such as parking, truck repair and maintenance services, full service restaurants, quick service restaurants, and various customer amenities. As of December 31, 2018, it operated 258 travel centers and under the TravelCenters of America, TA, TA Express, Petro Stopping Centers, and Petro brand names; and 43 standalone restaurants under the Quaker Steak & Lube brand name. The company serves trucking fleets and their drivers, independent truck drivers, highway and local motorists, and casual diners. TravelCenters of America LLC was founded in 1992 and is based in Westlake, Ohio.

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