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Autobytel Inc.
Type
Public
Traded as NASDAQ: AUTO
Industry Automotive marketing services
Founded 1995
Founder Peter R. Ellis
John C. Bedrosian
Headquarters 18872 MacArthur Blvd
Irvine, California, U.S.
Key people
Jeffrey H. Coats, President & CEO;
Kimberly S. Boren, SVP & CFO;
Glenn Fuller, EVP, CLAO & Secretary;
William Ferriolo, EVP & COO
Net income
$1.387 Million
Website Autobytel.com

AutoWeb, Inc. (NASDAQ: AUTO) is an automotive media and marketing services company based in Irvine, California. It was known as Autobytel Inc. until October 2017.

In 1995, John Bedrosian and Peter Ellis founded Auto-by-Tel LLC. Bedrosian was one of the co-founders of National Medical Enterprises, and Ellis was a car dealership owner in Southern California who became well-known in the 1980s for his high amount of television advertisements. Auto-by-Tel was originally a syllabic abbreviation for Automobiles-by-Telephone but later became an abbreviation for Automobiles-by-Telecommunication, in order to incorporate the Internet into its name.

Auto-by-Tel was the first Internet company to advertise during the Super Bowl in 1997. The company went public in 1999.

In 2001, Auto-by-Tel LLC officially changed its name to Autobytel Inc. The company also acquired Autoweb.com that year.

On November 15, 2004, Autobytel announced to restate results for the second, third, and fourth quarters of 2003, the full 2003 fiscal year, and the first and second quarters of 2004, due to its accounting problems covering a number of issues surfaced after the disclosure of a review by its audit committee. After further review, on March 15, 2005, the company announced that it also expected to restate its financial statements for the full 2002 fiscal year and the first fiscal quarter of 2003. This led to the filing of a class action lawsuit against Autobytel alleging that it violated Securities Exchange Act by disseminating false statements and inflating its financial results.

On April 25, 2007, Autobytel was named one of California's 15 best technology innovators at the California Innovation Awards.

The financial crisis of 2008 forced the company to reduce costs primarily by laying off a big portion of the workforce. It also considered selling itself, but that plan was tabled in 2009. The FY2012 results showed a small profit, suggesting the layoff strategy worked at keeping the business running until the economy recovered.

In late 2013, Autobytel purchased a portion of AutoWeb, a pay-per-click advertising network for automotive manufacturers and dealers. AutoWeb was a startup founded in 2013 in Miami, Florida by Jose Vargas, Matias de Tezanos, and Julio Gonzalez-Arrivillaga. Later that year, Autobytel acquired a $2.5 million stake in AutoWeb. Before Autobytel's suggestion of AutoWeb, the startup's founders planned to call the company AdTarget. Autobytel had taken the name from a company it had acquired in 2001 named Autoweb. On October 1, 2015, Autobytel fully acquired AutoWeb, Inc., in an all-stock and warrant transaction.

In October 2017, Autobytel Inc. changed its name to AutoWeb, Inc. and changed its ticker from ABTL to AUTO.

Through AutoWeb's marketing network, the company provides both automotive dealers and manufacturers with brand and product marketing opportunities.

AutoWeb offers automotive dealers tools to manage their businesses. Specific products include: the Rapid Response program, designed to connect dealers to online customers via phone, as well as the Email Manager program, which manages long-term email campaigns on behalf of the dealership. Additionally, LeadCall, a live call program that sets in-dealership appointments and scores customer readiness to buy for auto dealers.

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Autobytel Inc. ABTL report Q2 2017
Period
Date
Adjusted Actuals EPS
GAAP EPS
Q4 2017
2018-03-06
--
--
Q3 2017
2017-11-02
--
--
Q2 2017
2017-08-03
0.1900
0.0200
Q1 2017
2017-05-04
0.2600
0.0400
Q4 2016
2017-03-09
0.3500
0.1000
Q3 2016
2016-11-03
0.4900
0.2100
Q2 2016
2016-08-04
0.2400
0.0300
Q1 2016
2016-05-05
0.2200
-0.0600
Q4 2015
2016-03-10
0.3300
0.1100
Q3 2015
2015-11-05
0.4500
0.1400
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Funds
Fund Name
Ticker shares
Adirondack Research & Management Inc.
262863
BlackRock Fund Advisors
223451
BlackRock Inc.
512369
BlackRock Institutional Trust Company, N.A.
250428
D. E. Shaw & Co., Inc.
269168
DIMENSIONAL FUND ADVISORS LP
279875
DRIEHAUS CAPITAL MANAGEMENT LLC
218274
FIRST INVESTORS MANAGEMENT CO INC
221200
Lyon Street Capital, LLC
519602
Numeric Investors LLC
178471
Portolan Capital Management, LLC
309846
RUSSELL FRANK CO/
586632
SIGNIA CAPITAL MANAGEMENT LLC
361899
THOMSON HORSTMANN & BRYANT INC
436455
Vanguard Group, Inc
434169
Major Shareholders
Name Relationship
Total Shares
Holding stocks
KAPLAN MARK N
0.1100% (10000)
ABTL /
ROSS MARK R
0.1600% (14408)
ABTL /
COATS JEFFREY H
1.0900% (98669)
ABTL /
FUCHS MICHAEL J
0.3600% (32380)
ABTL /
CARPENTER MICHAEL A
0.1600% (14000)
ABTL / ALLY / CIT /
CCM MASTER QUALIFIED FUND LTD
9.5300% (860558)
ABTL / HOLL /
Stibel Jeffrey M
0.0600% (5000)
ABTL /
DeWalt Curtis E
0.1300% (11415)
ABTL /
Thompson Janet M
0.0600% (5040)
ABTL /
Fuller Glenn Evan
0.5200% (46700)
ABTL /
Raging Capital Management, LLC
28.1400% (2540252)
ABTL /
Ozima Wesley
0.1700% (15057)
ABTL /
Lind Stephen D
0.0400% (3939)
ABTL /
Helberg James
0.0500% (4500)
ABTL /
STEERMAN JOHN
0.4100% (36860)
ABTL /
FERRIOLO WILLIAM
2.8700% (258755)
ABTL /
BOREN KIM
0.4600% (41260)
ABTL /
SKOCILIC JOHN J JR
0.4000% (36309)
ABTL /
DUPREE PHILLIP W.
0.0100% (1000)
ABTL /
Auto Holdings Ltd.
17.4600% (1576145)
ABTL /
Tezanos Matias de
3.5900% (324078)
ABTL /
Tezanos Matias de
22.0600% (1991738)
ABTL /
Klose Pieters Juan Christian
16.8500% (1521245)
ABTL /
Klose de Ojeda John Peter
7.8400% (708129)
ABTL /
Aitkenhead Castillo Richard
7.8400% (708129)
ABTL /
Vargas Jose Sr
2.1200% (191053)
ABTL /
Vargas Jose Sr
19.6900% (1777541)
ABTL /
Ceiba International Corp
17.4600% (1576145)
ABTL /
International Development & Financial Corp.
17.4600% (1576145)
ABTL /
PF Auto, Inc.
7.7600% (700752)
ABTL /
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