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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 : 7/10

vs
industry
vs
history
Equity to Asset 0.21
SAH's Equity to Asset is ranked lower than
91% of the 1031 Companies
in the Global Auto & Truck Dealerships industry.

( Industry Median: 0.48 vs. SAH: 0.21 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Equity to Asset only.
SAH' s 10-Year Equity to Asset Range
Min: 0.08  Med: 0.26 Max: 0.37
Current: 0.21
0.08
0.37
Interest Coverage 3.25
SAH's Interest Coverage is ranked lower than
85% of the 669 Companies
in the Global Auto & Truck Dealerships industry.

( Industry Median: 24.37 vs. SAH: 3.25 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Interest Coverage only.
SAH' s 10-Year Interest Coverage Range
Min: 0.26  Med: 2.81 Max: 3.78
Current: 3.25
0.26
3.78
F-Score: 5
Z-Score: 3.58
M-Score: -2.57
WACC vs ROIC
5.52%
4.66%
WACC
ROIC
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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industry
vs
history
Operating margin (%) 2.18
SAH's Operating margin (%) is ranked lower than
69% of the 1181 Companies
in the Global Auto & Truck Dealerships industry.

( Industry Median: 4.72 vs. SAH: 2.18 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Operating margin (%) only.
SAH' s 10-Year Operating margin (%) Range
Min: -9.36  Med: 2.95 Max: 3.68
Current: 2.18
-9.36
3.68
Net-margin (%) 0.85
SAH's Net-margin (%) is ranked lower than
76% of the 1181 Companies
in the Global Auto & Truck Dealerships industry.

( Industry Median: 3.63 vs. SAH: 0.85 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Net-margin (%) only.
SAH' s 10-Year Net-margin (%) Range
Min: -9.88  Med: 1.07 Max: 1.66
Current: 0.85
-9.88
1.66
ROE (%) 11.94
SAH's ROE (%) is ranked higher than
63% of the 1166 Companies
in the Global Auto & Truck Dealerships industry.

( Industry Median: 9.05 vs. SAH: 11.94 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful ROE (%) only.
SAH' s 10-Year ROE (%) Range
Min: -122.72  Med: 14.76 Max: 21.58
Current: 11.94
-122.72
21.58
ROA (%) 2.55
SAH's ROA (%) is ranked lower than
62% of the 1196 Companies
in the Global Auto & Truck Dealerships industry.

( Industry Median: 4.05 vs. SAH: 2.55 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful ROA (%) only.
SAH' s 10-Year ROA (%) Range
Min: -24.34  Med: 3.11 Max: 5.09
Current: 2.55
-24.34
5.09
ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) 9.60
SAH's ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) is ranked lower than
58% of the 1194 Companies
in the Global Auto & Truck Dealerships industry.

( Industry Median: 12.14 vs. SAH: 9.60 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) only.
SAH' s 10-Year ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) Range
Min: -43.19  Med: 15.88 Max: 26
Current: 9.6
-43.19
26
Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) 15.10
SAH's Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked higher than
86% of the 945 Companies
in the Global Auto & Truck Dealerships industry.

( Industry Median: 4.50 vs. SAH: 15.10 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) only.
SAH' s 10-Year Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) Range
Min: -17.4  Med: 7.25 Max: 46.1
Current: 15.1
-17.4
46.1
EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) 12.90
SAH's EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked higher than
68% of the 852 Companies
in the Global Auto & Truck Dealerships industry.

( Industry Median: 4.00 vs. SAH: 12.90 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) only.
SAH' s 10-Year EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) Range
Min: -23.7  Med: 11.00 Max: 57.3
Current: 12.9
-23.7
57.3
EPS Growth (3Y)(%) 10.90
SAH's EPS Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked higher than
60% of the 752 Companies
in the Global Auto & Truck Dealerships industry.

( Industry Median: 4.00 vs. SAH: 10.90 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful EPS Growth (3Y)(%) only.
SAH' s 10-Year EPS Growth (3Y)(%) Range
Min: -21.1  Med: 7.35 Max: 79.1
Current: 10.9
-21.1
79.1
» SAH's 10-Y Financials

Financials


Revenue & Net Income
Cash & Debt
Oprt. Cash Flow & Free Cash Flow

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Guru Trades

Q2 2014

SAH Guru Trades in Q2 2014

Larry Robbins 1,736,952 sh (New)
David Dreman 2,551 sh (+41.10%)
HOTCHKIS & WILEY 2,635,500 sh (+7.03%)
Steven Cohen 235,400 sh (unchged)
Paul Tudor Jones Sold Out
Jim Simons Sold Out
Ronald Muhlenkamp 576,990 sh (-41.33%)
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Q3 2014

SAH Guru Trades in Q3 2014

Joel Greenblatt 20,837 sh (New)
Paul Tudor Jones 22,629 sh (New)
David Dreman 2,620 sh (+2.70%)
HOTCHKIS & WILEY 2,643,000 sh (+0.28%)
Larry Robbins 1,736,952 sh (unchged)
Ronald Muhlenkamp 570,990 sh (-1.04%)
Steven Cohen 73,000 sh (-68.99%)
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Q4 2014

SAH Guru Trades in Q4 2014

HOTCHKIS & WILEY 2,910,600 sh (+10.12%)
HOTCHKIS & WILEY 2,910,600 sh (unchged)
Steven Cohen Sold Out
Joel Greenblatt Sold Out
Paul Tudor Jones 22,039 sh (-2.61%)
Ronald Muhlenkamp 535,185 sh (-6.27%)
David Dreman 2,291 sh (-12.56%)
Larry Robbins 1,245,500 sh (-28.29%)
» More
Q1 2015

SAH Guru Trades in Q1 2015

James Barrow 52,021 sh (New)
Steven Cohen 229,000 sh (New)
Jim Simons 169,628 sh (New)
HOTCHKIS & WILEY 3,170,000 sh (+8.91%)
Paul Tudor Jones Sold Out
David Dreman Sold Out
Ronald Muhlenkamp 515,300 sh (-3.72%)
Larry Robbins 273,267 sh (-78.06%)
» More
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Ratios

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industry
vs
history
P/E(ttm) 15.35
SAH's P/E(ttm) is ranked higher than
55% of the 946 Companies
in the Global Auto & Truck Dealerships industry.

( Industry Median: 16.80 vs. SAH: 15.35 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful P/E(ttm) only.
SAH' s 10-Year P/E(ttm) Range
Min: 3.77  Med: 13.04 Max: 27.92
Current: 15.35
3.77
27.92
Forward P/E 10.95
SAH's Forward P/E is ranked higher than
59% of the 389 Companies
in the Global Auto & Truck Dealerships industry.

( Industry Median: 11.86 vs. SAH: 10.95 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Forward P/E only.
N/A
PE(NRI) 14.20
SAH's PE(NRI) is ranked higher than
56% of the 948 Companies
in the Global Auto & Truck Dealerships industry.

( Industry Median: 16.90 vs. SAH: 14.20 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful PE(NRI) only.
SAH' s 10-Year PE(NRI) Range
Min: 1.4  Med: 11.34 Max: 17.95
Current: 14.2
1.4
17.95
P/B 1.74
SAH's P/B is ranked lower than
54% of the 1142 Companies
in the Global Auto & Truck Dealerships industry.

( Industry Median: 1.58 vs. SAH: 1.74 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful P/B only.
SAH' s 10-Year P/B Range
Min: 0.08  Med: 1.41 Max: 2.76
Current: 1.74
0.08
2.76
P/S 0.13
SAH's P/S is ranked higher than
94% of the 1173 Companies
in the Global Auto & Truck Dealerships industry.

( Industry Median: 0.70 vs. SAH: 0.13 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful P/S only.
SAH' s 10-Year P/S Range
Min: 0.01  Med: 0.14 Max: 0.19
Current: 0.13
0.01
0.19
POCF 7.58
SAH's POCF is ranked higher than
68% of the 826 Companies
in the Global Auto & Truck Dealerships industry.

( Industry Median: 11.02 vs. SAH: 7.58 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful POCF only.
SAH' s 10-Year POCF Range
Min: 0.12  Med: 6.62 Max: 237
Current: 7.58
0.12
237
EV-to-EBIT 15.77
SAH's EV-to-EBIT is ranked lower than
57% of the 963 Companies
in the Global Auto & Truck Dealerships industry.

( Industry Median: 13.22 vs. SAH: 15.77 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful EV-to-EBIT only.
SAH' s 10-Year EV-to-EBIT Range
Min: -3.2  Med: 11.70 Max: 16.6
Current: 15.77
-3.2
16.6
PEG 0.98
SAH's PEG is ranked higher than
59% of the 475 Companies
in the Global Auto & Truck Dealerships industry.

( Industry Median: 1.46 vs. SAH: 0.98 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful PEG only.
SAH' s 10-Year PEG Range
Min: 0.59  Med: 2.39 Max: 5.47
Current: 0.98
0.59
5.47
Shiller P/E 15.73
SAH's Shiller P/E is ranked higher than
59% of the 580 Companies
in the Global Auto & Truck Dealerships industry.

( Industry Median: 17.91 vs. SAH: 15.73 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Shiller P/E only.
SAH' s 10-Year Shiller P/E Range
Min: 0.88  Med: 11.00 Max: 19.01
Current: 15.73
0.88
19.01
Current Ratio 1.10
SAH's Current Ratio is ranked lower than
75% of the 1045 Companies
in the Global Auto & Truck Dealerships industry.

( Industry Median: 1.54 vs. SAH: 1.10 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Current Ratio only.
SAH' s 10-Year Current Ratio Range
Min: 0.75  Med: 1.14 Max: 1.45
Current: 1.1
0.75
1.45
Quick Ratio 0.24
SAH's Quick Ratio is ranked lower than
98% of the 1045 Companies
in the Global Auto & Truck Dealerships industry.

( Industry Median: 1.10 vs. SAH: 0.24 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Quick Ratio only.
SAH' s 10-Year Quick Ratio Range
Min: 0.21  Med: 0.35 Max: 0.49
Current: 0.24
0.21
0.49
Days Inventory 59.77
SAH's Days Inventory is ranked lower than
54% of the 1162 Companies
in the Global Auto & Truck Dealerships industry.

( Industry Median: 56.38 vs. SAH: 59.77 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Days Inventory only.
SAH' s 10-Year Days Inventory Range
Min: 50.67  Med: 57.28 Max: 87.97
Current: 59.77
50.67
87.97
Days Sales Outstanding 12.04
SAH's Days Sales Outstanding is ranked higher than
91% of the 988 Companies
in the Global Auto & Truck Dealerships industry.

( Industry Median: 60.75 vs. SAH: 12.04 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Days Sales Outstanding only.
SAH' s 10-Year Days Sales Outstanding Range
Min: 8.57  Med: 14.76 Max: 20.16
Current: 12.04
8.57
20.16

Dividend & Buy Back

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industry
vs
history
Dividend Yield 0.44
SAH's Dividend Yield is ranked lower than
93% of the 1307 Companies
in the Global Auto & Truck Dealerships industry.

( Industry Median: 1.85 vs. SAH: 0.44 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Dividend Yield only.
SAH' s 10-Year Dividend Yield Range
Min: 0.17  Med: 1.53 Max: 37.89
Current: 0.44
0.17
37.89
Dividend Payout 0.06
SAH's Dividend Payout is ranked higher than
96% of the 867 Companies
in the Global Auto & Truck Dealerships industry.

( Industry Median: 0.28 vs. SAH: 0.06 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Dividend Payout only.
SAH' s 10-Year Dividend Payout Range
Min: 0.03  Med: 0.15 Max: 0.55
Current: 0.06
0.03
0.55
Yield on cost (5-Year) 0.44
SAH's Yield on cost (5-Year) is ranked lower than
93% of the 1319 Companies
in the Global Auto & Truck Dealerships industry.

( Industry Median: 2.35 vs. SAH: 0.44 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Yield on cost (5-Year) only.
SAH' s 10-Year Yield on cost (5-Year) Range
Min: 0.17  Med: 1.53 Max: 37.89
Current: 0.44
0.17
37.89
Share Buyback Rate 7.10
SAH's Share Buyback Rate is ranked higher than
97% of the 661 Companies
in the Global Auto & Truck Dealerships industry.

( Industry Median: -1.30 vs. SAH: 7.10 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Share Buyback Rate only.
SAH' s 10-Year Share Buyback Rate Range
Min: 8.3  Med: -5.40 Max: -51.7
Current: 7.1

Valuation & Return

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industry
vs
history
Price/Tangible Book 9.00
SAH's Price/Tangible Book is ranked lower than
92% of the 1111 Companies
in the Global Auto & Truck Dealerships industry.

( Industry Median: 1.68 vs. SAH: 9.00 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price/Tangible Book only.
SAH' s 10-Year Price/Tangible Book Range
Min: 9.24  Med: 38.44 Max: 696.33
Current: 9
9.24
696.33
Price/Projected FCF 1.59
SAH's Price/Projected FCF is ranked lower than
59% of the 549 Companies
in the Global Auto & Truck Dealerships industry.

( Industry Median: 1.34 vs. SAH: 1.59 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price/Projected FCF only.
SAH' s 10-Year Price/Projected FCF Range
Min: 0.23  Med: 1.15 Max: 56.79
Current: 1.59
0.23
56.79
Price/Median PS Value 0.92
SAH's Price/Median PS Value is ranked higher than
77% of the 1118 Companies
in the Global Auto & Truck Dealerships industry.

( Industry Median: 1.27 vs. SAH: 0.92 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price/Median PS Value only.
SAH' s 10-Year Price/Median PS Value Range
Min: 0.07  Med: 0.96 Max: 1.89
Current: 0.92
0.07
1.89
Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value 0.99
SAH's Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value is ranked higher than
52% of the 259 Companies
in the Global Auto & Truck Dealerships industry.

( Industry Median: 1.03 vs. SAH: 0.99 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value only.
SAH' s 10-Year Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value Range
Min: 0.25  Med: 0.86 Max: 2.64
Current: 0.99
0.25
2.64
Price/Graham Number 2.41
SAH's Price/Graham Number is ranked lower than
78% of the 810 Companies
in the Global Auto & Truck Dealerships industry.

( Industry Median: 1.07 vs. SAH: 2.41 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price/Graham Number only.
SAH' s 10-Year Price/Graham Number Range
Min: 2.48  Med: 4.18 Max: 18.68
Current: 2.41
2.48
18.68
Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) (%) 6.28
SAH's Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) (%) is ranked higher than
53% of the 1174 Companies
in the Global Auto & Truck Dealerships industry.

( Industry Median: 5.90 vs. SAH: 6.28 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) (%) only.
SAH' s 10-Year Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) (%) Range
Min: 6  Med: 8.40 Max: 11.6
Current: 6.28
6
11.6
Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) (%) 11.34
SAH's Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) (%) is ranked higher than
65% of the 576 Companies
in the Global Auto & Truck Dealerships industry.

( Industry Median: 5.36 vs. SAH: 11.34 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) (%) only.
SAH' s 10-Year Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) (%) Range
Min: -24  Med: 8.90 Max: 52
Current: 11.34
-24
52

Business Description

Industry: Autos » Auto & Truck Dealerships
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Traded in other countries:SA8A.Germany,
Sonic Automotive Inc was incorporated in Delaware in 1997. It retails automotive in the United States. As of December 31, 2013, it operated 102 dealerships. Its dealerships provide services including sales of both new and used cars and light trucks; sales of replacement parts, performance of vehicle maintenance, manufacturer warranty repairs, paint and collision repair services; and arrangement of extended service contracts, financing, insurance and other aftermarket products for its customers. The retail automotive industry is highly competitive. Depending on the geographic market, the Company competes both with dealers offering the same brands and product lines as them and dealers offering other manufacturers' vehicles. Numerous federal and state regulations govern its business of marketing, selling, financing and servicing automobiles. It is also subject to laws and regulations relating to business corporations.
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