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Cars.com Inc.

CARS

Services-Computer Processing & Data Preparation

Mkt Cap

$1.108B

PE

9.36

Debt

$513.1M

Cash

$39.2M

EV

$1.582B

FCF

$135.4M

Market Cap

$1.108B

P/E Ratio

9.36

Debt

$513.1M

Cash

$39.2M

EV

$1.582B

FCF

$135.4M
Charts data: {"Earnings":[{"time":"2015-12-30","value":157838000},{"time":"2016-12-30","value":176370000},{"time":"2017-12-30","value":224443000},{"time":"2018-12-30","value":38809000},{"time":"2019-12-30","value":-445324000},{"time":"2020-12-30","value":-817120000},{"time":"2021-12-30","value":7719000},{"time":"2022-12-30","value":17206000},{"time":"2023-12-30","value":118442000}],"Sales":[{"time":"2015-12-30","value":596510000},{"time":"2016-12-30","value":633106000},{"time":"2017-12-30","value":626262000},{"time":"2018-12-30","value":662127000},{"time":"2019-12-30","value":606682000},{"time":"2020-12-30","value":547503000},{"time":"2021-12-30","value":623683000},{"time":"2022-12-30","value":653876000},{"time":"2023-12-30","value":689183000}],"Net Margins":[{"time":"2015-12-30","value":0.26460243751152535},{"time":"2016-12-30","value":0.2785789425467457},{"time":"2017-12-30","value":0.35838514870772936},{"time":"2018-12-30","value":0.05861262265396216},{"time":"2019-12-30","value":-0.7340319969934825},{"time":"2020-12-30","value":-1.4924484432048775},{"time":"2021-12-30","value":0.0123764797180619},{"time":"2022-12-30","value":0.026313857673320323},{"time":"2023-12-30","value":0.17185856296513408}],"Assets":[{"time":"2016-12-30","value":2547266000},{"time":"2017-12-30","value":2511039000},{"time":"2018-12-30","value":2600549000},{"time":"2019-12-30","value":2027991000},{"time":"2020-12-30","value":1075712000},{"time":"2021-12-30","value":1007205000},{"time":"2022-12-30","value":1024870000},{"time":"2023-12-30","value":1172449000}],"Stockholders Equity":[{"time":"2015-12-30","value":2304519000},{"time":"2016-12-30","value":2417285000},{"time":"2017-12-30","value":1679128000},{"time":"2018-12-30","value":1626923000},{"time":"2019-12-30","value":1141068000},{"time":"2020-12-30","value":340176000},{"time":"2021-12-30","value":366934000},{"time":"2022-12-30","value":384430000},{"time":"2023-12-30","value":492108000}],"ROE":[{"time":"2015-12-30","value":0.06849064815694729},{"time":"2016-12-30","value":0.07296202144141051},{"time":"2017-12-30","value":0.13366640303776722},{"time":"2018-12-30","value":0.023854232806346704},{"time":"2019-12-30","value":-0.39026946685035424},{"time":"2020-12-30","value":-2.40205070316542},{"time":"2021-12-30","value":0.021036480674998772},{"time":"2022-12-30","value":0.04475717295736545},{"time":"2023-12-30","value":0.2406829395173417}],"ROA":[{"time":"2016-12-30","value":0.06946977661539863},{"time":"2017-12-30","value":0.05346631414326898},{"time":"2018-12-30","value":0.03227164725602171},{"time":"2019-12-30","value":-0.21995166645216868},{"time":"2020-12-30","value":-0.8248741298786292},{"time":"2021-12-30","value":0.04799221608312111},{"time":"2022-12-30","value":0.06443353791212544},{"time":"2023-12-30","value":0.04615637865698209}]}

Cars.com Inc. operates as a digital marketplace and provides solutions for the automotive industry. Its platform connects car shoppers with sellers. The company, enable dealers and automotive manufacturers; connect sellers with ready-to-buy shoppers that provide financing tools with instant online loan screening and approvals; and empower shoppers with the resources and and digital tools needed to make car buying decisions. It also offers marketplace products, such as Marketplace subscription advertising; digital solutions, including website creation and platform hosting, vehicle acquisition and valuation, digital retailing, and review and reputation management; and media comprising display advertising, social selling, digital advertising, and in-market video services. As of December 31, 2022, the company served 19,506 dealer customers in 50 states, which included franchise and independent dealers, with digital and brick-and-mortar stores. Its customers are local car dealers, OEMs, and other national advertisers and lenders. Cars.com Inc. was founded in 1998 and is based in Chicago, Illinois.

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Growth

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Years012345678910TV
FCF$135.4M$126.6M$118.4M$110.7M$103.5M$96.75M$90.45M$84.57M$79.06M$73.92M$69.11M$691.1M
DCF$110.1M$89.52M$72.78M$59.17M$48.1M$39.11M$31.79M$25.85M$21.01M$17.08M$170.8M
Value$685.3M

In the chart Earnings are multiplied by this value.

Earnings Growth -29%
Earnings Stability -20%


Competitiveness and MOAT

High margins render the company resilient under dire circumstances, hence able to drive competitors out or acquire them. ROE and ROA measure the average flow generated by each invested dollar. Their marginal value is a forecast of future growth, and it is considered by Buffett and Munger the most important single indicator.

Years12-201512-201612-201712-201812-201912-202012-202112-202212-2023TTM
Net Margin26%28%36%5.9%-73%-150%1.2%2.6%17%17%
ROA-6.9%5.3%3.2%-22%-82%4.8%6.4%4.6%4.6%
ROE6.8%7.3%13%2.4%-39%-240%2.1%4.5%24%24%

What is the average Net Margin?

The average Net Margin over the past 5 years is -32.62%.

What is the trend of Net Margin?

The trend of Net Margin over the past 5 years is +12.43%.

What is the average Return on Assets (ROA)?

The average ROA over the past 5 years is -14.23%.

What is the trend of Return on Assets (ROA)?

The trend of ROA over the past 5 years is +5.13%.

What is the average Return on Equity (ROE)?

The average ROE over the past 5 years is -41.03%.

What is the trend of Return on Equity (ROE)?

The trend of ROE over the past 5 years is +13.75%.


Safety & Stabiliy

Being debt the number one cause of investment losses and company death, the ratio Debt/FCF is of utmost importance to guarantee safety. On the other hand the Graham’s stability measures the drawdown of earnings, hence indicating the reliability of the flow generated by the company.

Years12-201512-201612-201712-201812-201912-202012-202112-202212-2023TTM
Debt FCF--3.954.848.474.974.094.553.793.79
Debt Equity--0.360.440.601.781.331.291.041.04
MIN
Graham Stability---21%-300%-----300%

What is the Debt/FCF?

The Debt/FCF trailing twelve month is 3.79.

What is the trend of Debt/FCF?

The trend of Debt/FCF over the past 5 years is -0.51.

What is the Graham’s Stability?

Graham’s Stability measure stands at -3.04.


Growth

Growth can be dangerous when forecasting, simply projecting the current growth is in general wrong. A company passes through multiple phases, from being young and unprofitable, to the first periods of profitability and high growth, until it arrives at a period of regime with limited growth. Identifying in which phase the company is in may help forecasting.

Years12-201612-201812-202012-2022Trend
Revenue1.2%0.8%8%5.4%0.57%
Net Income-5.5%25%-590%67%
Stockholders Equity-20%-21%13%28%3.9%
FCF-4.7%-1.9%3.6%24%3.5%

What is the 5 year Revenue CAGR?

The Revenue CAGR over the past 5 years is +0.8%.

What is the trend of Revenue growth?

The trend of Revenue growth rate over the past 5 years is +0.57%.

What is the 5 year Earnings CAGR?

The Earnings CAGR over the past 5 years is +25%.

What is the trend of Earnings growth?

The trend of Earnings growth rate over the past 5 years is +66.54%.

What is the 5 year Equity CAGR?

The Equity CAGR over the past 5 years is -21.27%.

What is the trend of Equity growth?

The trend of Equity growth rate over the past 5 years is +3.94%.

What is the 5 year FCF CAGR?

The FCF CAGR over the past 5 years is -1.93%.

What is the trend of FCF growth?

The trend of FCF growth rate over the past 5 years is +3.46%.