TravelCenters of America (NASDAQ:TA) vs. Kaixin Auto (NASDAQ:KXIN) Financial Analysis

TravelCenters of America (NASDAQ:TA) and Kaixin Auto (NASDAQ:KXIN) are both small-cap retail/wholesale companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, profitability, earnings, dividends, valuation, risk and analyst recommendations.

Risk & Volatility

TravelCenters of America has a beta of 1.69, meaning that its share price is 69% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Kaixin Auto has a beta of 0.64, meaning that its share price is 36% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares TravelCenters of America and Kaixin Auto’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
TravelCenters of America $6.23 billion 0.02 -$120.55 million ($0.64) -5.63
Kaixin Auto N/A N/A $2.26 million N/A N/A

Kaixin Auto has lower revenue, but higher earnings than TravelCenters of America.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and price targets for TravelCenters of America and Kaixin Auto, as reported by MarketBeat.

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

TravelCenters of America presently has a consensus target price of $10.33, suggesting a potential upside of 187.04%. Given TravelCenters of America’s higher possible upside, equities research analysts clearly believe TravelCenters of America is more favorable than Kaixin Auto.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

34.0% of TravelCenters of America shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 33.2% of Kaixin Auto shares are held by institutional investors. 8.4% of TravelCenters of America shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 20.8% of Kaixin Auto shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
TravelCenters of America -1.91% -4.51% -1.12%
Kaixin Auto N/A 49.46% 1.17%

TravelCenters of America Company Profile

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.

Kaixin Auto Company Profile

Kaixin Auto Holdings operates as a used car dealership in the People's Republic of China. As of December 31, 2018, the company had 14 dealerships. It also provides financing channels to its customers through its partnership with financial institutions; and value-added services to its customers, including insurance, extended warranties, and after-sales services The company was founded in 2015 and is based in Beijing, the People's Republic of China.

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