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GuruFocus Financial Strength Rank measures how strong a company’s financial situation is. It is based on these factors

1. The debt burden that the company has as measured by its Interest coverage (current year).
2. Debt to revenue ratio. The lower, the better
3. Altman Z-score.

A company ranks high with financial strength is likely to withstand any business slowdowns and recessions.

Financial Strength : 8/10

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industry
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Cash to Debt 0.03
LAD's Cash to Debt is ranked lower than
67% of the 1170 Companies
in the Global Auto & Truck Dealerships industry.

( Industry Median: 1.02 vs. LAD: 0.03 )
LAD' s 10-Year Cash to Debt Range
Min: 0.02   Max: 0.55
Current: 0.03

0.02
0.55
Equity to Asset 0.31
LAD's Equity to Asset is ranked lower than
57% of the 1175 Companies
in the Global Auto & Truck Dealerships industry.

( Industry Median: 0.50 vs. LAD: 0.31 )
LAD' s 10-Year Equity to Asset Range
Min: 0.02   Max: 0.39
Current: 0.31

0.02
0.39
Interest Coverage 8.86
LAD's Interest Coverage is ranked higher than
58% of the 793 Companies
in the Global Auto & Truck Dealerships industry.

( Industry Median: 15.88 vs. LAD: 8.86 )
LAD' s 10-Year Interest Coverage Range
Min: 1.42   Max: 8.86
Current: 8.86

1.42
8.86
F-Score: 4
Z-Score: 3.79
M-Score: -1.99
GuruFocus Profitability Rank ranks how profitable a company is and how likely the company’s business will stay that way. It is based on these factors:

1. Operating Margin
2. Trend of the Operating Margin (5-year average). The company with an uptrend profit margin has a higher rank.
••3. Consistency of the profitability
4. Piotroski F-Score
5. Predictability Rank•

The maximum rank is 10. A rank of 7 or higher means a higher profitability and may stay that way. A rank of 3 or lower indicates that the company has had trouble to make a profit.

Profitability Rank is not directly related to the Financial Strength Rank. But if a company is consistently profitable, its financial strength will be stronger.

Profitability & Growth : 6/10

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Operating margin (%) 4.58
LAD's Operating margin (%) is ranked higher than
65% of the 1165 Companies
in the Global Auto & Truck Dealerships industry.

( Industry Median: 5.27 vs. LAD: 4.58 )
LAD' s 10-Year Operating margin (%) Range
Min: -14.71   Max: 4.58
Current: 4.58

-14.71
4.58
Net-margin (%) 2.65
LAD's Net-margin (%) is ranked higher than
58% of the 1165 Companies
in the Global Auto & Truck Dealerships industry.

( Industry Median: 3.84 vs. LAD: 2.65 )
LAD' s 10-Year Net-margin (%) Range
Min: -12.24   Max: 2.98
Current: 2.65

-12.24
2.98
ROE (%) 19.82
LAD's ROE (%) is ranked higher than
93% of the 1159 Companies
in the Global Auto & Truck Dealerships industry.

( Industry Median: 8.52 vs. LAD: 19.82 )
LAD' s 10-Year ROE (%) Range
Min: -101.71   Max: 377.78
Current: 19.82

-101.71
377.78
ROA (%) 6.14
LAD's ROA (%) is ranked higher than
81% of the 1172 Companies
in the Global Auto & Truck Dealerships industry.

( Industry Median: 3.92 vs. LAD: 6.14 )
LAD' s 10-Year ROA (%) Range
Min: -22.28   Max: 8.67
Current: 6.14

-22.28
8.67
ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) 13.23
LAD's ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) is ranked higher than
70% of the 1168 Companies
in the Global Auto & Truck Dealerships industry.

( Industry Median: 13.58 vs. LAD: 13.23 )
LAD' s 10-Year ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) Range
Min: -43.99   Max: 18.41
Current: 13.23

-43.99
18.41
Revenue Growth (%) 25.40
LAD's Revenue Growth (%) is ranked higher than
95% of the 959 Companies
in the Global Auto & Truck Dealerships industry.

( Industry Median: 7.40 vs. LAD: 25.40 )
LAD' s 10-Year Revenue Growth (%) Range
Min: -15.4   Max: 55.3
Current: 25.4

-15.4
55.3
EBITDA Growth (%) 47.70
LAD's EBITDA Growth (%) is ranked higher than
96% of the 855 Companies
in the Global Auto & Truck Dealerships industry.

( Industry Median: 7.20 vs. LAD: 47.70 )
LAD' s 10-Year EBITDA Growth (%) Range
Min: -19.4   Max: 47.7
Current: 47.7

-19.4
47.7
EPS Growth (%) 97.70
LAD's EPS Growth (%) is ranked higher than
97% of the 705 Companies
in the Global Auto & Truck Dealerships industry.

( Industry Median: 11.30 vs. LAD: 97.70 )
LAD' s 10-Year EPS Growth (%) Range
Min: -45.5   Max: 113.8
Current: 97.7

-45.5
113.8
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Cash & Debt
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Guru Trades

Q1 2013

LAD Guru Trades in Q1 2013

Joel Greenblatt 28,046 sh (+23.67%)
Jim Simons Sold Out
Chuck Royce 207,600 sh (-43%)
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Q2 2013

LAD Guru Trades in Q2 2013

John Keeley 3,925 sh (New)
Jim Simons 49,000 sh (New)
Steven Cohen 5,361 sh (New)
Chuck Royce Sold Out
Joel Greenblatt 11,079 sh (-60.5%)
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Q3 2013

LAD Guru Trades in Q3 2013

John Keeley Sold Out
Jim Simons Sold Out
Steven Cohen Sold Out
Joel Greenblatt 9,245 sh (-16.55%)
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Q4 2013

LAD Guru Trades in Q4 2013

Joel Greenblatt 29,761 sh (+221.91%)
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Insider Trades

Latest Guru Trades with LAD

GuruDate Trades Impact to Portfolio Price Range * (?) Current Price Change from Average Current Shares
Joel Greenblatt 2013-12-31 Add 221.91%0.03%$62.05 - $73.02 $ 67.511%29761
John Keeley 2013-09-30 Sold Out $55.21 - $72.85 $ 67.513%0
Joel Greenblatt 2013-06-30 Reduce -60.5%0.04%$43.19 - $56.04 $ 67.5134%11079
John Keeley 2013-06-30 New Buy$43.19 - $56.04 $ 67.5134%3925
Joel Greenblatt 2013-03-31 Add 23.67%0.01%$37.42 - $47.48 $ 67.5159%28046
Joel Greenblatt 2012-12-31 New Buy0.05%$31.86 - $37.28 $ 67.5193%22678
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Ratios

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P/E(ttm) 16.60
LAD's P/E(ttm) is ranked higher than
61% of the 1022 Companies
in the Global Auto & Truck Dealerships industry.

( Industry Median: 15.50 vs. LAD: 16.60 )
LAD' s 10-Year P/E(ttm) Range
Min: 8.23   Max: 54.51
Current: 16.6

8.23
54.51
P/B 3.20
LAD's P/B is ranked lower than
65% of the 1154 Companies
in the Global Auto & Truck Dealerships industry.

( Industry Median: 1.41 vs. LAD: 3.20 )
LAD' s 10-Year P/B Range
Min: 0.16   Max: 3.72
Current: 3.2

0.16
3.72
P/S 0.40
LAD's P/S is ranked higher than
71% of the 1198 Companies
in the Global Auto & Truck Dealerships industry.

( Industry Median: 0.61 vs. LAD: 0.40 )
LAD' s 10-Year P/S Range
Min: 0.02   Max: 0.49
Current: 0.4

0.02
0.49
EV-to-EBIT 14.90
LAD's EV-to-EBIT is ranked higher than
54% of the 1050 Companies
in the Global Auto & Truck Dealerships industry.

( Industry Median: 12.08 vs. LAD: 14.90 )
LAD' s 10-Year EV-to-EBIT Range
Min: 7.7   Max: 23
Current: 14.9

7.7
23
PEG 0.40
LAD's PEG is ranked higher than
83% of the 681 Companies
in the Global Auto & Truck Dealerships industry.

( Industry Median: 0.87 vs. LAD: 0.40 )
LAD' s 10-Year PEG Range
Min: 0.4   Max: 146.75
Current: 0.4

0.4
146.75

Dividend & Buy Back

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Dividend Yield 0.80
LAD's Dividend Yield is ranked lower than
79% of the 888 Companies
in the Global Auto & Truck Dealerships industry.

( Industry Median: 1.68 vs. LAD: 0.80 )
LAD' s 10-Year Dividend Yield Range
Min: 0.28   Max: 26.17
Current: 0.8

0.28
26.17
Dividend Payout 0.10
LAD's Dividend Payout is ranked higher than
85% of the 782 Companies
in the Global Auto & Truck Dealerships industry.

( Industry Median: 0.23 vs. LAD: 0.10 )
LAD' s 10-Year Dividend Payout Range
Min: 0.07   Max: 0.53
Current: 0.1

0.07
0.53
Dividend growth (3y) 37.50
LAD's Dividend growth (3y) is ranked higher than
85% of the 423 Companies
in the Global Auto & Truck Dealerships industry.

( Industry Median: 23.90 vs. LAD: 37.50 )
LAD' s 10-Year Dividend growth (3y) Range
Min: 0   Max: 54.9
Current: 37.5

0
54.9
Yield on cost (5-Year) 0.80
LAD's Yield on cost (5-Year) is ranked lower than
81% of the 906 Companies
in the Global Auto & Truck Dealerships industry.

( Industry Median: 1.89 vs. LAD: 0.80 )
LAD' s 10-Year Yield on cost (5-Year) Range
Min: 0.28   Max: 26.17
Current: 0.8

0.28
26.17
Share Buyback Rate 0.10
LAD's Share Buyback Rate is ranked higher than
81% of the 652 Companies
in the Global Auto & Truck Dealerships industry.

( Industry Median: -1.00 vs. LAD: 0.10 )
LAD' s 10-Year Share Buyback Rate Range
Min: 2.5   Max: -34.1
Current: 0.1

Valuation & Return

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Price/Tangible Book 4.20
LAD's Price/Tangible Book is ranked lower than
70% of the 1099 Companies
in the Global Auto & Truck Dealerships industry.

( Industry Median: 1.50 vs. LAD: 4.20 )
LAD' s 10-Year Price/Tangible Book Range
Min: 0.32   Max: 7.8
Current: 4.2

0.32
7.8
Price/Median PS Value 2.20
LAD's Price/Median PS Value is ranked lower than
78% of the 1113 Companies
in the Global Auto & Truck Dealerships industry.

( Industry Median: 1.10 vs. LAD: 2.20 )
LAD' s 10-Year Price/Median PS Value Range
Min: 0.14   Max: 2.58
Current: 2.2

0.14
2.58
Price/Graham Number 1.80
LAD's Price/Graham Number is ranked lower than
61% of the 987 Companies
in the Global Auto & Truck Dealerships industry.

( Industry Median: 1.00 vs. LAD: 1.80 )
LAD' s 10-Year Price/Graham Number Range
Min: 0.86   Max: 2.5
Current: 1.8

0.86
2.5
Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) 6.70
LAD's Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) is ranked higher than
58% of the 1075 Companies
in the Global Auto & Truck Dealerships industry.

( Industry Median: 8.10 vs. LAD: 6.70 )
LAD' s 10-Year Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) Range
Min: 4.3   Max: 13.1
Current: 6.7

4.3
13.1
Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) -2.17
LAD's Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) is ranked higher than
56% of the 722 Companies
in the Global Auto & Truck Dealerships industry.

( Industry Median: 8.27 vs. LAD: -2.17 )
LAD' s 10-Year Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) Range
Min: -23.4   Max: 11.2
Current: -2.17

-23.4
11.2

Business Description

Industry: Autos » Auto & Truck Dealerships
Compare:KMX, PAG, ABG, AN, IHLDY » details
Traded in other countries:LMO.Germany
Lithia Motors, Inc. was incorporated in Oregon. It is an operator of automotive franchises and retailer of new and used vehicles and services. It sells new and used cars and light trucks; sell replacement parts; provide vehicle maintenance, warranty, paint and repair services; and arrange related financing, service contracts, protection products and credit insurance for its automotive customers. It offers approximately 25 brands of new vehicles and all brands of used vehicles in more than 86 stores in the United States. The Company's dealerships are mainly located in small and mid-size regional markets throughout the Western and Midwestern regions of the United States. The majority of its franchises are in 'single-point' locations, meaning that these locations do not have directly competing dealerships offering the same brand in the same market. New vehicle sales also have the potential to create incremental profit opportunities through manufacturer incentives, resale of trade-in vehicles, sale of third-party financing, vehicle service and insurance contracts, and future service and repair work. At each new vehicle store, it also sells used vehicles. It has certain stores that sell only used vehicles. The Company's used vehicle operations give it an opportunity to generate sales to customers financially unable or unwilling to purchase a new vehicle; increase new and used vehicle sales by aggressively pursuing customer trade-ins; and increase finance and insurance revenues and service and parts sales. The arranging financing is an important part of its ability to sell vehicles and related products and services. The Company's sales personnel and finance and insurance managers receive training in securing customer financing and possess extensive knowledge of available financing alternatives. It tries to arrange financing for every vehicle it sells and it offers customers financing on a 'same day' basis, giving it an advantage, particularly over smaller competitors who do not generate enough sales to attract its breadth of finance sources. The Company's finance and insurance managers also market third-party extended warranty contracts and insurance contracts to its new and used vehicle buyers. It provides parts and service mainly for the new vehicle brands sold by its stores, but it also services most makes and models. It competes directly with retailers with similar resources in its metropolitan markets in Seattle, Washington and Concord, California. The Company's operations are subject to the National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act, Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards promulgated by the United States Department of Transportation, and the rules and regulations of various state motor vehicle regulatory agencies.

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