Critical Survey: IAA (NYSE:IAA) versus Rush Enterprises (NYSE:RUSHB)

IAA (NYSE:IAA) and Rush Enterprises (NASDAQ:RUSHB) are both auto/tires/trucks companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, valuation, analyst recommendations, profitability, earnings, dividends and institutional ownership.


Rush Enterprises pays an annual dividend of $0.52 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.3%. IAA does not pay a dividend.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

10.2% of Rush Enterprises shares are held by institutional investors. 13.9% of Rush Enterprises shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares IAA and Rush Enterprises’ gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Rush Enterprises $5.51 billion 0.26 $139.06 million N/A N/A

Rush Enterprises has higher revenue and earnings than IAA.


This table compares IAA and Rush Enterprises’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Rush Enterprises 2.88% 15.50% 5.12%

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and target prices for IAA and Rush Enterprises, as provided by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
IAA 0 3 6 0 2.67
Rush Enterprises 0 0 0 0 N/A

IAA presently has a consensus price target of $48.80, suggesting a potential upside of 7.89%. Given IAA’s higher possible upside, equities analysts plainly believe IAA is more favorable than Rush Enterprises.


Rush Enterprises beats IAA on 7 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

About IAA

IAA, Inc. provides salvage vehicle auctions and related services. It offers salvage auction services, such as inbound transportation logistics, inspection, evaluation, salvage recovery, titling, and settlement administrative services. The company's salvage auctions facilitate the remarketing of damaged vehicles designated as total losses by insurance companies, charity donation vehicles, recovered stolen (or theft) vehicles, and low value used vehicles through live and online auctions. As of December 31, 2018, it operated 179 salvage vehicle auction sites in the United States and Canada; and 14 locations in the United Kingdom. Insurance Auto Auctions, Inc. serves insurance companies, used vehicle dealers, rental car and fleet leasing companies, auto lenders, non-profit organizations, and the general public. The company was founded in 1982 and is headquartered in Westchester, Illinois. IAA, Inc.(NYSE:IAA) operates independently of KAR Auction Services, Inc. as of June 28, 2019.

About Rush Enterprises

Rush Enterprises, Inc., through its subsidiaries, operates as an integrated retailer of commercial vehicles and related services in the United States. The company operates a network of commercial vehicle dealerships under the Rush Truck Centers name. Its Rush Truck Centers primarily sell commercial vehicles manufactured by Peterbilt, International, Hino, Ford, Isuzu, Mitsubishi Fuso, IC Bus, or Blue Bird; provides new and used commercial vehicles, and aftermarket parts, as well as service and repair, financing, and leasing and rental services; and offers property and casualty insurance, including collision and liability insurance on commercial vehicles, cargo insurance, and credit life insurance to its commercial vehicle customers. The company also offers equipment installation and repair, parts installation, and paint and body repair services; new vehicle pre-delivery inspection, truck modification, and natural gas fuel system installation services; and body, chassis upfit, and component installation services, as well as sells tires for use on commercial vehicles. It serves regional and national truck fleets, corporations, local governments, and owner operators. The company operates a network of centers located in the states of Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Missouri, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, and Virginia. Rush Enterprises, Inc. was founded in 1965 and is headquartered in New Braunfels, Texas.

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