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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
90% of the 1204 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 Equity to Asset Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.08  Med: 0.26 Max: 0.37
Current: 0.21
0.08
0.37
Interest Coverage 2.93
SAH's Interest Coverage is ranked lower than
84% of the 841 Companies
in the Global Auto & Truck Dealerships industry.

( Industry Median: 18.02 vs. SAH: 2.93 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Interest Coverage only.
SAH' s Interest Coverage Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 1.47  Med: 2.85 Max: 3.25
Current: 2.93
1.47
3.25
F-Score: 6
Z-Score: 3.54
M-Score: -2.50
WACC vs ROIC
5.86%
4.70%
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 : 7/10

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industry
vs
history
Operating margin (%) 2.21
SAH's Operating margin (%) is ranked lower than
70% of the 1219 Companies
in the Global Auto & Truck Dealerships industry.

( Industry Median: 5.10 vs. SAH: 2.21 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Operating margin (%) only.
SAH' s Operating margin (%) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -9.36  Med: 2.84 Max: 3.56
Current: 2.21
-9.36
3.56
Net-margin (%) 0.86
SAH's Net-margin (%) is ranked lower than
76% of the 1220 Companies
in the Global Auto & Truck Dealerships industry.

( Industry Median: 3.66 vs. SAH: 0.86 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Net-margin (%) only.
SAH' s Net-margin (%) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -9.88  Med: 1.04 Max: 1.37
Current: 0.86
-9.88
1.37
ROE (%) 12.10
SAH's ROE (%) is ranked higher than
62% of the 1200 Companies
in the Global Auto & Truck Dealerships industry.

( Industry Median: 9.03 vs. SAH: 12.10 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful ROE (%) only.
SAH' s ROE (%) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -122.72  Med: 12.90 Max: 21.58
Current: 12.1
-122.72
21.58
ROA (%) 2.57
SAH's ROA (%) is ranked lower than
64% of the 1238 Companies
in the Global Auto & Truck Dealerships industry.

( Industry Median: 4.26 vs. SAH: 2.57 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful ROA (%) only.
SAH' s ROA (%) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -24.34  Med: 3.04 Max: 4.16
Current: 2.57
-24.34
4.16
ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) 9.47
SAH's ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) is ranked lower than
62% of the 1230 Companies
in the Global Auto & Truck Dealerships industry.

( Industry Median: 13.93 vs. SAH: 9.47 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) only.
SAH' s ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -43.19  Med: 12.98 Max: 19.71
Current: 9.47
-43.19
19.71
Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) 15.10
SAH's Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked higher than
86% of the 1082 Companies
in the Global Auto & Truck Dealerships industry.

( Industry Median: 4.00 vs. SAH: 15.10 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) only.
SAH' s Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) Range Over the Past 10 Years
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
67% of the 983 Companies
in the Global Auto & Truck Dealerships industry.

( Industry Median: 6.00 vs. SAH: 12.90 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) only.
SAH' s EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) Range Over the Past 10 Years
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 872 Companies
in the Global Auto & Truck Dealerships industry.

( Industry Median: 5.00 vs. SAH: 10.90 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful EPS Growth (3Y)(%) only.
SAH' s EPS Growth (3Y)(%) Range Over the Past 10 Years
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

Q1 2015

SAH Guru Trades in Q1 2015

Jim Simons 169,628 sh (New)
James Barrow 52,021 sh (New)
Steven Cohen 229,000 sh (New)
HOTCHKIS & WILEY 3,170,000 sh (+8.91%)
David Dreman Sold Out
Paul Tudor Jones Sold Out
Ronald Muhlenkamp 515,300 sh (-3.72%)
Larry Robbins 273,267 sh (-78.06%)
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Q2 2015

SAH Guru Trades in Q2 2015

Joel Greenblatt 22,160 sh (New)
Paul Tudor Jones 14,600 sh (New)
James Barrow 172,555 sh (+231.70%)
Jim Simons 275,000 sh (+62.12%)
Steven Cohen 284,800 sh (+24.37%)
Larry Robbins Sold Out
Ronald Muhlenkamp Sold Out
HOTCHKIS & WILEY 3,066,600 sh (-3.26%)
» More
Q3 2015

SAH Guru Trades in Q3 2015

Mario Cibelli 230,000 sh (New)
James Barrow 172,555 sh (unchged)
Joel Greenblatt Sold Out
HOTCHKIS & WILEY 3,053,300 sh (-0.43%)
Paul Tudor Jones 11,000 sh (-24.66%)
Jim Simons 128,400 sh (-53.31%)
Steven Cohen 126,300 sh (-55.65%)
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Q4 2015

SAH Guru Trades in Q4 2015

James Barrow 176,628 sh (+2.36%)
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Ratios

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industry
vs
history
P/E(ttm) 10.40
SAH's P/E(ttm) is ranked higher than
68% of the 1456 Companies
in the Global Auto & Truck Dealerships industry.

( Industry Median: 14.20 vs. SAH: 10.40 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful P/E(ttm) only.
SAH' s P/E(ttm) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 3.77  Med: 13.34 Max: 27.92
Current: 10.4
3.77
27.92
Forward P/E 7.85
SAH's Forward P/E is ranked higher than
65% of the 651 Companies
in the Global Auto & Truck Dealerships industry.

( Industry Median: 9.80 vs. SAH: 7.85 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Forward P/E only.
N/A
PE(NRI) 10.10
SAH's PE(NRI) is ranked higher than
70% of the 1090 Companies
in the Global Auto & Truck Dealerships industry.

( Industry Median: 14.31 vs. SAH: 10.10 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful PE(NRI) only.
SAH' s PE(NRI) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 1.4  Med: 11.55 Max: 17.95
Current: 10.1
1.4
17.95
P/B 1.19
SAH's P/B is ranked higher than
56% of the 1546 Companies
in the Global Auto & Truck Dealerships industry.

( Industry Median: 1.31 vs. SAH: 1.19 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful P/B only.
SAH' s P/B Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.08  Med: 1.47 Max: 2.76
Current: 1.19
0.08
2.76
P/S 0.09
SAH's P/S is ranked higher than
97% of the 1546 Companies
in the Global Auto & Truck Dealerships industry.

( Industry Median: 0.60 vs. SAH: 0.09 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful P/S only.
SAH' s P/S Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.01  Med: 0.13 Max: 0.19
Current: 0.09
0.01
0.19
POCF 6.15
SAH's POCF is ranked higher than
69% of the 1266 Companies
in the Global Auto & Truck Dealerships industry.

( Industry Median: 9.13 vs. SAH: 6.15 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful POCF only.
SAH' s POCF Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.12  Med: 7.31 Max: 237
Current: 6.15
0.12
237
EV-to-EBIT 13.93
SAH's EV-to-EBIT is ranked lower than
61% of the 1528 Companies
in the Global Auto & Truck Dealerships industry.

( Industry Median: 11.42 vs. SAH: 13.93 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful EV-to-EBIT only.
SAH' s EV-to-EBIT Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -3.2  Med: 12.40 Max: 19.2
Current: 13.93
-3.2
19.2
EV-to-EBITDA 10.57
SAH's EV-to-EBITDA is ranked lower than
64% of the 1546 Companies
in the Global Auto & Truck Dealerships industry.

( Industry Median: 8.22 vs. SAH: 10.57 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful EV-to-EBITDA only.
SAH' s EV-to-EBITDA Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -3.4  Med: 10.60 Max: 14.3
Current: 10.57
-3.4
14.3
PEG 0.70
SAH's PEG is ranked higher than
68% of the 571 Companies
in the Global Auto & Truck Dealerships industry.

( Industry Median: 1.26 vs. SAH: 0.70 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful PEG only.
SAH' s PEG Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.41  Med: 2.10 Max: 5.64
Current: 0.7
0.41
5.64
Current Ratio 1.10
SAH's Current Ratio is ranked lower than
74% of the 1213 Companies
in the Global Auto & Truck Dealerships industry.

( Industry Median: 1.50 vs. SAH: 1.10 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Current Ratio only.
SAH' s Current Ratio Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.75  Med: 1.13 Max: 1.45
Current: 1.1
0.75
1.45
Quick Ratio 0.24
SAH's Quick Ratio is ranked lower than
97% of the 1213 Companies
in the Global Auto & Truck Dealerships industry.

( Industry Median: 1.05 vs. SAH: 0.24 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Quick Ratio only.
SAH' s Quick Ratio Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.21  Med: 0.34 Max: 0.49
Current: 0.24
0.21
0.49
Days Inventory 59.96
SAH's Days Inventory is ranked lower than
52% of the 1182 Companies
in the Global Auto & Truck Dealerships industry.

( Industry Median: 58.91 vs. SAH: 59.96 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Days Inventory only.
SAH' s Days Inventory Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 50.67  Med: 57.88 Max: 62.32
Current: 59.96
50.67
62.32
Days Sales Outstanding 11.50
SAH's Days Sales Outstanding is ranked higher than
91% of the 966 Companies
in the Global Auto & Truck Dealerships industry.

( Industry Median: 60.91 vs. SAH: 11.50 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Days Sales Outstanding only.
SAH' s Days Sales Outstanding Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 12.87  Med: 14.90 Max: 19.76
Current: 11.5
12.87
19.76
Days Payable 5.11
SAH's Days Payable is ranked lower than
98% of the 999 Companies
in the Global Auto & Truck Dealerships industry.

( Industry Median: 52.96 vs. SAH: 5.11 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Days Payable only.
SAH' s Days Payable Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 3.3  Med: 4.51 Max: 6.19
Current: 5.11
3.3
6.19

Dividend & Buy Back

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industry
vs
history
Dividend Yield 0.68
SAH's Dividend Yield is ranked lower than
88% of the 1414 Companies
in the Global Auto & Truck Dealerships industry.

( Industry Median: 1.98 vs. SAH: 0.68 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Dividend Yield only.
SAH' s Dividend Yield Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.17  Med: 0.71 Max: 37.89
Current: 0.68
0.17
37.89
Dividend Payout 0.06
SAH's Dividend Payout is ranked higher than
96% of the 903 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 Dividend Payout Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.03  Med: 0.15 Max: 0.55
Current: 0.06
0.03
0.55
Forward Dividend Yield 0.91
SAH's Forward Dividend Yield is ranked lower than
85% of the 1276 Companies
in the Global Auto & Truck Dealerships industry.

( Industry Median: 2.22 vs. SAH: 0.91 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Forward Dividend Yield only.
N/A
Yield on cost (5-Year) 0.67
SAH's Yield on cost (5-Year) is ranked lower than
89% of the 1434 Companies
in the Global Auto & Truck Dealerships industry.

( Industry Median: 2.65 vs. SAH: 0.67 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Yield on cost (5-Year) only.
SAH' s Yield on cost (5-Year) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.17  Med: 0.72 Max: 37.89
Current: 0.67
0.17
37.89
3-Year Average Share Buyback Ratio 7.10
SAH's 3-Year Average Share Buyback Ratio is ranked higher than
98% of the 652 Companies
in the Global Auto & Truck Dealerships industry.

( Industry Median: -1.40 vs. SAH: 7.10 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful 3-Year Average Share Buyback Ratio only.
SAH' s 3-Year Average Share Buyback Ratio Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -51.7  Med: -5.40 Max: 8.3
Current: 7.1
-51.7
8.3

Valuation & Return

vs
industry
vs
history
Price/Tangible Book 5.93
SAH's Price/Tangible Book is ranked lower than
88% of the 1513 Companies
in the Global Auto & Truck Dealerships industry.

( Industry Median: 1.61 vs. SAH: 5.93 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price/Tangible Book only.
SAH' s Price/Tangible Book Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 7.35  Med: 32.24 Max: 696.33
Current: 5.93
7.35
696.33
Price/Projected FCF 2.03
SAH's Price/Projected FCF is ranked higher than
54% of the 875 Companies
in the Global Auto & Truck Dealerships industry.

( Industry Median: 1.64 vs. SAH: 2.03 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price/Projected FCF only.
SAH' s Price/Projected FCF Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.23  Med: 1.15 Max: 56.79
Current: 2.03
0.23
56.79
Price/Median PS Value 0.66
SAH's Price/Median PS Value is ranked higher than
87% of the 1543 Companies
in the Global Auto & Truck Dealerships industry.

( Industry Median: 1.07 vs. SAH: 0.66 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price/Median PS Value only.
SAH' s Price/Median PS Value Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.08  Med: 1.00 Max: 1.96
Current: 0.66
0.08
1.96
Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value 0.73
SAH's Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value is ranked higher than
63% of the 467 Companies
in the Global Auto & Truck Dealerships industry.

( Industry Median: 0.93 vs. SAH: 0.73 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value only.
SAH' s Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.25  Med: 0.90 Max: 2.64
Current: 0.73
0.25
2.64
Price/Graham Number 1.63
SAH's Price/Graham Number is ranked lower than
69% of the 1276 Companies
in the Global Auto & Truck Dealerships industry.

( Industry Median: 1.01 vs. SAH: 1.63 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price/Graham Number only.
SAH' s Price/Graham Number Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.04  Med: 3.19 Max: 20.09
Current: 1.63
0.04
20.09
Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) (%) 7.20
SAH's Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) (%) is ranked higher than
51% of the 1210 Companies
in the Global Auto & Truck Dealerships industry.

( Industry Median: 6.90 vs. SAH: 7.20 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) (%) only.
SAH' s Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) (%) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 5.2  Med: 7.70 Max: 11.6
Current: 7.2
5.2
11.6
Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) (%) 9.90
SAH's Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) (%) is ranked higher than
62% of the 671 Companies
in the Global Auto & Truck Dealerships industry.

( Industry Median: 4.31 vs. SAH: 9.90 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) (%) only.
SAH' s Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) (%) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -24  Med: 8.90 Max: 52
Current: 9.9
-24
52

More Statistics

Revenue(Mil) $9505
EPS $ 1.59
Beta1.67
Short Percentage of Float8.11%
52-Week Range $15.95 - 26.22
Shares Outstanding(Mil)49.81

Analyst Estimate

Dec15 Dec16 Dec17
Revenue(Mil) 9,693 10,056 10,268
EPS($) 1.91 2.05 2.10
EPS without NRI($) 1.91 2.05 2.10

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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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