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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 : 5/10

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industry
vs
history
Equity to Asset 0.19
SAH's Equity to Asset is ranked lower than
91% of the 1232 Companies
in the Global Auto & Truck Dealerships industry.

( Industry Median: 0.49 vs. SAH: 0.19 )
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: 0.19
0.08
0.37
Interest Coverage 9.87
SAH's Interest Coverage is ranked lower than
52% of the 935 Companies
in the Global Auto & Truck Dealerships industry.

( Industry Median: 10.83 vs. SAH: 9.87 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Interest Coverage only.
SAH' s Interest Coverage Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 1.26  Med: 2.76 Max: 10.19
Current: 9.87
1.26
10.19
F-Score: 6
Z-Score: 3.37
M-Score: -2.71
WACC vs ROIC
3.79%
4.65%
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 (%) 2.27
SAH's Operating margin (%) is ranked lower than
70% of the 1242 Companies
in the Global Auto & Truck Dealerships industry.

( Industry Median: 5.26 vs. SAH: 2.27 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Operating margin (%) only.
SAH' s Operating margin (%) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -11.15  Med: 2.65 Max: 3.56
Current: 2.27
-11.15
3.56
Net-margin (%) 0.90
SAH's Net-margin (%) is ranked lower than
75% of the 1243 Companies
in the Global Auto & Truck Dealerships industry.

( Industry Median: 3.76 vs. SAH: 0.90 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Net-margin (%) only.
SAH' s Net-margin (%) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -11.37  Med: 1.00 Max: 1.31
Current: 0.9
-11.37
1.31
ROE (%) 12.61
SAH's ROE (%) is ranked higher than
65% of the 1223 Companies
in the Global Auto & Truck Dealerships industry.

( Industry Median: 8.52 vs. SAH: 12.61 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful ROE (%) only.
SAH' s ROE (%) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -121.58  Med: 13.34 Max: 21.58
Current: 12.61
-121.58
21.58
ROA (%) 2.61
SAH's ROA (%) is ranked lower than
62% of the 1261 Companies
in the Global Auto & Truck Dealerships industry.

( Industry Median: 3.98 vs. SAH: 2.61 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful ROA (%) only.
SAH' s ROA (%) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -24.12  Med: 2.89 Max: 4.16
Current: 2.61
-24.12
4.16
ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) 7.01
SAH's ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) is ranked lower than
69% of the 1258 Companies
in the Global Auto & Truck Dealerships industry.

( Industry Median: 13.17 vs. SAH: 7.01 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) only.
SAH' s ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -44.32  Med: 11.86 Max: 19.71
Current: 7.01
-44.32
19.71
Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) 11.00
SAH's Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked higher than
79% of the 1114 Companies
in the Global Auto & Truck Dealerships industry.

( Industry Median: 3.30 vs. SAH: 11.00 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) only.
SAH' s Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -16.2  Med: 6.30 Max: 53
Current: 11
-16.2
53
EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) 2.00
SAH's EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked lower than
59% of the 1012 Companies
in the Global Auto & Truck Dealerships industry.

( Industry Median: 6.50 vs. SAH: 2.00 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) only.
SAH' s EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -23.7  Med: 9.80 Max: 64.9
Current: 2
-23.7
64.9
EPS Growth (3Y)(%) 3.50
SAH's EPS Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked lower than
55% of the 888 Companies
in the Global Auto & Truck Dealerships industry.

( Industry Median: 6.60 vs. SAH: 3.50 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful EPS Growth (3Y)(%) only.
SAH' s EPS Growth (3Y)(%) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -22.1  Med: 5.20 Max: 85.3
Current: 3.5
-22.1
85.3
» SAH's 10-Y Financials

Financials (Next Earnings Date: Est. 2016-07-20)


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

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Guru Trades

Q2 2015

SAH Guru Trades in Q2 2015

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

SAH Guru Trades in Q3 2015

Mario Cibelli 230,000 sh (New)
Barrow, Hanley, Mewhinney & Strauss 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

Paul Tudor Jones 20,300 sh (+84.55%)
Mario Cibelli 290,000 sh (+26.09%)
Barrow, Hanley, Mewhinney & Strauss 176,628 sh (+2.36%)
Steven Cohen Sold Out
HOTCHKIS & WILEY 2,714,689 sh (-11.09%)
Jim Simons 28,600 sh (-77.73%)
» More
Q1 2016

SAH Guru Trades in Q1 2016

Jim Simons 156,000 sh (+445.45%)
Paul Tudor Jones 39,700 sh (+95.57%)
Barrow, Hanley, Mewhinney & Strauss 188,882 sh (+6.94%)
Mario Cibelli 290,000 sh (unchged)
HOTCHKIS & WILEY 2,350,837 sh (-13.40%)
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Business Description

Industry: Autos » Auto & Truck Dealerships
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Sonic Automotive Inc is an automotive retailer in the United States. It provides services such as sales of both new and used cars and light trucks, replacement parts, performance of vehicle maintenance, manufacturer warranty repairs and collision repair.

Sonic Automotive Inc was incorporated in Delaware in 1997. It retails automotive in the United States. 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.

Ratios

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industry
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history
P/E(ttm) 9.28
SAH's P/E(ttm) is ranked higher than
71% of the 1004 Companies
in the Global Auto & Truck Dealerships industry.

( Industry Median: 14.60 vs. SAH: 9.28 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful P/E(ttm) only.
SAH' s P/E(ttm) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 3.77  Med: 13.40 Max: 27.92
Current: 9.28
3.77
27.92
Forward P/E 8.05
SAH's Forward P/E is ranked higher than
69% of the 112 Companies
in the Global Auto & Truck Dealerships industry.

( Industry Median: 10.31 vs. SAH: 8.05 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Forward P/E only.
N/A
PE(NRI) 9.13
SAH's PE(NRI) is ranked higher than
71% of the 1010 Companies
in the Global Auto & Truck Dealerships industry.

( Industry Median: 14.79 vs. SAH: 9.13 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful PE(NRI) only.
SAH' s PE(NRI) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 1.4  Med: 11.52 Max: 17.95
Current: 9.13
1.4
17.95
P/B 1.11
SAH's P/B is ranked higher than
57% of the 1209 Companies
in the Global Auto & Truck Dealerships industry.

( Industry Median: 1.43 vs. SAH: 1.11 )
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: 1.11
0.08
2.76
P/S 0.09
SAH's P/S is ranked higher than
97% of the 1225 Companies
in the Global Auto & Truck Dealerships industry.

( Industry Median: 0.68 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 6.00
SAH's POCF is ranked higher than
56% of the 634 Companies
in the Global Auto & Truck Dealerships industry.

( Industry Median: 7.46 vs. SAH: 6.00 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful POCF only.
SAH' s POCF Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.12  Med: 7.72 Max: 83.75
Current: 6
0.12
83.75
EV-to-EBIT 17.95
SAH's EV-to-EBIT is ranked lower than
69% of the 1034 Companies
in the Global Auto & Truck Dealerships industry.

( Industry Median: 11.99 vs. SAH: 17.95 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful EV-to-EBIT only.
SAH' s EV-to-EBIT Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -3.2  Med: 11.90 Max: 22.4
Current: 17.95
-3.2
22.4
EV-to-EBITDA 12.56
SAH's EV-to-EBITDA is ranked lower than
68% of the 1085 Companies
in the Global Auto & Truck Dealerships industry.

( Industry Median: 8.47 vs. SAH: 12.56 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful EV-to-EBITDA only.
SAH' s EV-to-EBITDA Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -3.4  Med: 10.50 Max: 16
Current: 12.56
-3.4
16
PEG 1.03
SAH's PEG is ranked higher than
59% of the 551 Companies
in the Global Auto & Truck Dealerships industry.

( Industry Median: 1.41 vs. SAH: 1.03 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful PEG only.
SAH' s PEG Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.2  Med: 2.16 Max: 374
Current: 1.03
0.2
374
Current Ratio 1.07
SAH's Current Ratio is ranked lower than
78% of the 1108 Companies
in the Global Auto & Truck Dealerships industry.

( Industry Median: 1.56 vs. SAH: 1.07 )
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: 1.07
0.75
1.45
Quick Ratio 0.19
SAH's Quick Ratio is ranked lower than
99% of the 1108 Companies
in the Global Auto & Truck Dealerships industry.

( Industry Median: 1.12 vs. SAH: 0.19 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Quick Ratio only.
SAH' s Quick Ratio Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.19  Med: 0.33 Max: 0.49
Current: 0.19
0.19
0.49
Days Inventory 65.33
SAH's Days Inventory is ranked lower than
56% of the 1202 Companies
in the Global Auto & Truck Dealerships industry.

( Industry Median: 58.68 vs. SAH: 65.33 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Days Inventory only.
SAH' s Days Inventory Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 48.39  Med: 56.96 Max: 72.64
Current: 65.33
48.39
72.64
Days Sales Outstanding 10.55
SAH's Days Sales Outstanding is ranked higher than
92% of the 1014 Companies
in the Global Auto & Truck Dealerships industry.

( Industry Median: 59.83 vs. SAH: 10.55 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Days Sales Outstanding only.
SAH' s Days Sales Outstanding Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 12.71  Med: 14.69 Max: 17.67
Current: 10.55
12.71
17.67
Days Payable 6.17
SAH's Days Payable is ranked lower than
97% of the 990 Companies
in the Global Auto & Truck Dealerships industry.

( Industry Median: 51.98 vs. SAH: 6.17 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Days Payable only.
SAH' s Days Payable Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 3.42  Med: 4.37 Max: 6.19
Current: 6.17
3.42
6.19

Dividend & Buy Back

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industry
vs
history
Dividend Yield 1.01
SAH's Dividend Yield is ranked lower than
83% of the 1249 Companies
in the Global Auto & Truck Dealerships industry.

( Industry Median: 2.34 vs. SAH: 1.01 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Dividend Yield only.
SAH' s Dividend Yield Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.17  Med: 0.68 Max: 37.89
Current: 1.01
0.17
37.89
Dividend Payout 0.08
SAH's Dividend Payout is ranked higher than
94% of the 828 Companies
in the Global Auto & Truck Dealerships industry.

( Industry Median: 0.28 vs. SAH: 0.08 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Dividend Payout only.
SAH' s Dividend Payout Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.02  Med: 0.13 Max: 0.3
Current: 0.08
0.02
0.3
Dividend Growth (3y) 4.20
SAH's Dividend Growth (3y) is ranked lower than
60% of the 658 Companies
in the Global Auto & Truck Dealerships industry.

( Industry Median: 8.80 vs. SAH: 4.20 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Dividend Growth (3y) only.
SAH' s Dividend Growth (3y) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0  Med: 0.00 Max: 58.7
Current: 4.2
0
58.7
Forward Dividend Yield 1.16
SAH's Forward Dividend Yield is ranked lower than
78% of the 1224 Companies
in the Global Auto & Truck Dealerships industry.

( Industry Median: 2.46 vs. SAH: 1.16 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Forward Dividend Yield only.
N/A
Yield on cost (5-Year) 2.97
SAH's Yield on cost (5-Year) is ranked lower than
51% of the 1481 Companies
in the Global Auto & Truck Dealerships industry.

( Industry Median: 2.84 vs. SAH: 2.97 )
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: 0.5  Med: 2.00 Max: 111.53
Current: 2.97
0.5
111.53
3-Year Average Share Buyback Ratio 2.10
SAH's 3-Year Average Share Buyback Ratio is ranked higher than
92% of the 572 Companies
in the Global Auto & Truck Dealerships industry.

( Industry Median: -1.70 vs. SAH: 2.10 )
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: -41.3  Med: -5.10 Max: 5.8
Current: 2.1
-41.3
5.8

Valuation & Return

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history
Price/Tangible Book 6.54
SAH's Price/Tangible Book is ranked lower than
89% of the 1172 Companies
in the Global Auto & Truck Dealerships industry.

( Industry Median: 1.57 vs. SAH: 6.54 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price/Tangible Book only.
SAH' s Price/Tangible Book Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 6.43  Med: 22.33 Max: 614.41
Current: 6.54
6.43
614.41
Price/Projected FCF 27.37
SAH's Price/Projected FCF is ranked lower than
97% of the 613 Companies
in the Global Auto & Truck Dealerships industry.

( Industry Median: 1.11 vs. SAH: 27.37 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price/Projected FCF only.
SAH' s Price/Projected FCF Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.23  Med: 1.19 Max: 58.77
Current: 27.37
0.23
58.77
Price/Median PS Value 0.65
SAH's Price/Median PS Value is ranked higher than
88% of the 1182 Companies
in the Global Auto & Truck Dealerships industry.

( Industry Median: 1.08 vs. SAH: 0.65 )
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: 1.05 Max: 1.99
Current: 0.65
0.08
1.99
Price/Graham Number 1.63
SAH's Price/Graham Number is ranked lower than
70% of the 839 Companies
in the Global Auto & Truck Dealerships industry.

( Industry Median: 1.04 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: 1.86  Med: 3.73 Max: 18.99
Current: 1.63
1.86
18.99
Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) (%) 5.58
SAH's Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) (%) is ranked lower than
57% of the 1241 Companies
in the Global Auto & Truck Dealerships industry.

( Industry Median: 7.00 vs. SAH: 5.58 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) (%) only.
SAH' s Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) (%) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 4.5  Med: 7.70 Max: 11.6
Current: 5.58
4.5
11.6
Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) (%) 0.20
SAH's Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) (%) is ranked lower than
61% of the 685 Companies
in the Global Auto & Truck Dealerships industry.

( Industry Median: 5.44 vs. SAH: 0.20 )
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: 6.60 Max: 52
Current: 0.2
-24
52

More Statistics

Revenue (TTM) (Mil) $9,623
EPS (TTM) $ 1.74
Beta1.45
Short Percentage of Float13.52%
52-Week Range $15.68 - 25.77
Shares Outstanding (Mil)45.82

Analyst Estimate

Dec16 Dec17
Revenue (Mil $) 9,768 10,017
EPS ($) 2.14 2.32
EPS w/o NRI ($) 2.14 2.32
EPS Growth Rate
(3Y to 5Y Estimate)
13.91%
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