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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
vs
history
Equity to Asset 0.21
SAH's Equity to Asset is ranked lower than
61% of the 1246 Companies
in the Global Auto & Truck Dealerships industry.

( Industry Median: 0.46 vs. SAH: 0.21 )
SAH' s 10-Year Equity to Asset Range
Min: 0.08   Max: 0.37
Current: 0.21

0.08
0.37
Interest Coverage 3.14
SAH's Interest Coverage is ranked lower than
52% of the 840 Companies
in the Global Auto & Truck Dealerships industry.

( Industry Median: 17.83 vs. SAH: 3.14 )
SAH' s 10-Year Interest Coverage Range
Min: 0.26   Max: 3.78
Current: 3.14

0.26
3.78
F-Score: 8
Z-Score: 3.69
M-Score: -2.59
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 : 8/10

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industry
vs
history
Operating margin (%) 2.52
SAH's Operating margin (%) is ranked higher than
53% of the 1253 Companies
in the Global Auto & Truck Dealerships industry.

( Industry Median: 5.91 vs. SAH: 2.52 )
SAH' s 10-Year Operating margin (%) Range
Min: -11.15   Max: 3.68
Current: 2.52

-11.15
3.68
Net-margin (%) 1.08
SAH's Net-margin (%) is ranked higher than
50% of the 1253 Companies
in the Global Auto & Truck Dealerships industry.

( Industry Median: 4.64 vs. SAH: 1.08 )
SAH' s 10-Year Net-margin (%) Range
Min: -11.37   Max: 1.66
Current: 1.08

-11.37
1.66
ROE (%) 19.63
SAH's ROE (%) is ranked higher than
87% of the 1244 Companies
in the Global Auto & Truck Dealerships industry.

( Industry Median: 10.14 vs. SAH: 19.63 )
SAH' s 10-Year ROE (%) Range
Min: -122.42   Max: 21.58
Current: 19.63

-122.42
21.58
ROA (%) 4.00
SAH's ROA (%) is ranked higher than
61% of the 1257 Companies
in the Global Auto & Truck Dealerships industry.

( Industry Median: 4.61 vs. SAH: 4.00 )
SAH' s 10-Year ROA (%) Range
Min: -24.1   Max: 5.09
Current: 4

-24.1
5.09
ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) 13.37
SAH's ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) is ranked higher than
67% of the 1257 Companies
in the Global Auto & Truck Dealerships industry.

( Industry Median: 14.93 vs. SAH: 13.37 )
SAH' s 10-Year ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) Range
Min: -44.37   Max: 25.98
Current: 13.37

-44.37
25.98
Revenue Growth (%) 18.70
SAH's Revenue Growth (%) is ranked higher than
93% of the 1061 Companies
in the Global Auto & Truck Dealerships industry.

( Industry Median: 7.10 vs. SAH: 18.70 )
SAH' s 10-Year Revenue Growth (%) Range
Min: -17.4   Max: 46.1
Current: 18.7

-17.4
46.1
EBITDA Growth (%) 16.10
SAH's EBITDA Growth (%) is ranked higher than
85% of the 964 Companies
in the Global Auto & Truck Dealerships industry.

( Industry Median: 5.90 vs. SAH: 16.10 )
SAH' s 10-Year EBITDA Growth (%) Range
Min: -23.7   Max: 57.3
Current: 16.1

-23.7
57.3
EPS Growth (%) -0.60
SAH's EPS Growth (%) is ranked higher than
67% of the 888 Companies
in the Global Auto & Truck Dealerships industry.

( Industry Median: 6.70 vs. SAH: -0.60 )
SAH' s 10-Year EPS Growth (%) Range
Min: -21.1   Max: 79.1
Current: -0.6

-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

Q3 2013

SAH Guru Trades in Q3 2013

HOTCHKIS & WILEY 1,112,200 sh (New)
Joel Greenblatt Sold Out
Ronald Muhlenkamp 976,900 sh (-0.07%)
Manning & Napier Advisors, Inc 211,380 sh (-5.6%)
Jim Simons 228,000 sh (-36.75%)
Paul Tudor Jones 11,700 sh (-56.18%)
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Q4 2013

SAH Guru Trades in Q4 2013

HOTCHKIS & WILEY 2,375,100 sh (+113.55%)
Ronald Muhlenkamp 987,990 sh (+1.14%)
Jim Simons Sold Out
Paul Tudor Jones Sold Out
Manning & Napier Advisors, Inc 205,610 sh (-2.73%)
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Q1 2014

SAH Guru Trades in Q1 2014

David Dreman 1,808 sh (New)
Steven Cohen 12,494 sh (New)
Jim Simons 16,430 sh (New)
Paul Tudor Jones 9,597 sh (New)
HOTCHKIS & WILEY 2,462,400 sh (+3.68%)
Manning & Napier Advisors, Inc Sold Out
Ronald Muhlenkamp 983,425 sh (-0.46%)
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Q2 2014

SAH Guru Trades in Q2 2014

Larry Robbins 1,736,952 sh (New)
David Dreman 2,551 sh (+41.1%)
HOTCHKIS & WILEY 2,635,500 sh (+7.03%)
Steven Cohen 235,400 sh (unchged)
Jim Simons Sold Out
Paul Tudor Jones Sold Out
Ronald Muhlenkamp 576,990 sh (-41.33%)
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Insider Trades

Latest Guru Trades with SAH

(List those with share number changes of more than 20%, or impact to portfolio more than 0.1%)

GuruDate Trades Impact to Portfolio Price Range * (?) Current Price Change from Average Current Shares
Ronald Muhlenkamp 2014-06-30 Reduce -41.33%1.61%$22.72 - $27.17 $ 22.4-10%576990
David Dreman 2014-06-30 Add 41.1%$22.72 - $27.17 $ 22.4-10%2551
David Dreman 2014-03-31 New Buy$21.33 - $24.49 $ 22.4-3%1808
HOTCHKIS & WILEY 2013-12-31 Add 113.55%0.13%$21.78 - $24.69 $ 22.4-4%2375100
HOTCHKIS & WILEY 2013-09-30 New Buy0.12%$21.19 - $24.6 $ 22.4-3%1112200
Joel Greenblatt 2013-09-30 Sold Out 0.04%$21.19 - $24.6 $ 22.4-3%0
Joel Greenblatt 2013-03-31 Add 59.57%0.02%$20.89 - $25.15 $ 22.4-4%36658
Joel Greenblatt 2012-12-31 New Buy0.03%$17.91 - $20.77 $ 22.415%22973
Ronald Muhlenkamp 2012-06-30 Add 7.26%0.25%$12.67 - $18.74 $ 22.443%1147090
Arnold Schneider 2011-12-31 Sold Out 0.04%$10.47 - $15.8 $ 22.457%0
Ronald Muhlenkamp 2011-09-30 Reduce -23.51%0.81%$11.14 - $16.21 $ 22.465%1070980
Arnold Schneider 2011-09-30 Reduce -46.11%0.04%$11.14 - $16.21 $ 22.465%50405
George Soros 2011-09-30 Sold Out 0.0021%$11.14 - $16.21 $ 22.465%0
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Ratios

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industry
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history
P/E(ttm) 12.20
SAH's P/E(ttm) is ranked higher than
79% of the 1294 Companies
in the Global Auto & Truck Dealerships industry.

( Industry Median: 15.20 vs. SAH: 12.20 )
SAH' s 10-Year P/E(ttm) Range
Min: 3.77   Max: 27.92
Current: 12.2

3.77
27.92
P/B 1.80
SAH's P/B is ranked higher than
60% of the 1294 Companies
in the Global Auto & Truck Dealerships industry.

( Industry Median: 1.43 vs. SAH: 1.80 )
SAH' s 10-Year P/B Range
Min: 0.08   Max: 2.76
Current: 1.8

0.08
2.76
P/S 0.13
SAH's P/S is ranked higher than
97% of the 1294 Companies
in the Global Auto & Truck Dealerships industry.

( Industry Median: 0.62 vs. SAH: 0.13 )
SAH' s 10-Year P/S Range
Min: 0.01   Max: 0.19
Current: 0.13

0.01
0.19
PFCF 36.13
SAH's PFCF is ranked higher than
77% of the 1294 Companies
in the Global Auto & Truck Dealerships industry.

( Industry Median: 9999.00 vs. SAH: 36.13 )
SAH' s 10-Year PFCF Range
Min: 0.16   Max: 664.5
Current: 36.13

0.16
664.5
EV-to-EBIT 13.68
SAH's EV-to-EBIT is ranked higher than
71% of the 1294 Companies
in the Global Auto & Truck Dealerships industry.

( Industry Median: 13.63 vs. SAH: 13.68 )
SAH' s 10-Year EV-to-EBIT Range
Min: 8.5   Max: 15
Current: 13.68

8.5
15
PEG 0.85
SAH's PEG is ranked higher than
88% of the 1294 Companies
in the Global Auto & Truck Dealerships industry.

( Industry Median: 57.79 vs. SAH: 0.85 )
SAH' s 10-Year PEG Range
Min: 0.52   Max: 5.47
Current: 0.85

0.52
5.47
Current Ratio 1.14
SAH's Current Ratio is ranked higher than
52% of the 1252 Companies
in the Global Auto & Truck Dealerships industry.

( Industry Median: 1.47 vs. SAH: 1.14 )
SAH' s 10-Year Current Ratio Range
Min: 0.74   Max: 1.45
Current: 1.14

0.74
1.45
Quick Ratio 0.29
SAH's Quick Ratio is ranked lower than
64% of the 1252 Companies
in the Global Auto & Truck Dealerships industry.

( Industry Median: 1.08 vs. SAH: 0.29 )
SAH' s 10-Year Quick Ratio Range
Min: 0.21   Max: 0.49
Current: 0.29

0.21
0.49

Dividend & Buy Back

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industry
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history
Dividend Yield 0.40
SAH's Dividend Yield is ranked lower than
86% of the 996 Companies
in the Global Auto & Truck Dealerships industry.

( Industry Median: 1.73 vs. SAH: 0.40 )
SAH' s 10-Year Dividend Yield Range
Min: 0.17   Max: 34.29
Current: 0.4

0.17
34.29
Dividend Payout 0.05
SAH's Dividend Payout is ranked higher than
97% of the 1294 Companies
in the Global Auto & Truck Dealerships industry.

( Industry Median: 0.37 vs. SAH: 0.05 )
SAH' s 10-Year Dividend Payout Range
Min: 0.03   Max: 0.55
Current: 0.05

0.03
0.55
Dividend growth (3y) 58.70
SAH's Dividend growth (3y) is ranked higher than
97% of the 608 Companies
in the Global Auto & Truck Dealerships industry.

( Industry Median: 10.80 vs. SAH: 58.70 )
SAH' s 10-Year Dividend growth (3y) Range
Min: 0   Max: 58.7
Current: 58.7

0
58.7
Yield on cost (5-Year) 0.40
SAH's Yield on cost (5-Year) is ranked lower than
88% of the 1009 Companies
in the Global Auto & Truck Dealerships industry.

( Industry Median: 2.50 vs. SAH: 0.40 )
SAH' s 10-Year Yield on cost (5-Year) Range
Min: 0.17   Max: 34.29
Current: 0.4

0.17
34.29
Share Buyback Rate 7.00
SAH's Share Buyback Rate is ranked higher than
96% of the 693 Companies
in the Global Auto & Truck Dealerships industry.

( Industry Median: -0.70 vs. SAH: 7.00 )
SAH' s 10-Year Share Buyback Rate Range
Min: 8.3   Max: -51.7
Current: 7

Valuation & Return

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industry
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history
Price/Tangible Book 11.49
SAH's Price/Tangible Book is ranked lower than
57% of the 1294 Companies
in the Global Auto & Truck Dealerships industry.

( Industry Median: 1.71 vs. SAH: 11.49 )
SAH' s 10-Year Price/Tangible Book Range
Min: 10.94   Max: 696.33
Current: 11.49

10.94
696.33
Price/DCF (Projected) 0.94
SAH's Price/DCF (Projected) is ranked higher than
84% of the 1294 Companies
in the Global Auto & Truck Dealerships industry.

( Industry Median: 2.91 vs. SAH: 0.94 )
SAH' s 10-Year Price/DCF (Projected) Range
Min: 0.23   Max: 56.79
Current: 0.94

0.23
56.79
Price/Median PS Value 1.01
SAH's Price/Median PS Value is ranked higher than
73% of the 1294 Companies
in the Global Auto & Truck Dealerships industry.

( Industry Median: 1.14 vs. SAH: 1.01 )
SAH' s 10-Year Price/Median PS Value Range
Min: 0.09   Max: 2.04
Current: 1.01

0.09
2.04
Price/Graham Number 2.44
SAH's Price/Graham Number is ranked higher than
55% of the 1294 Companies
in the Global Auto & Truck Dealerships industry.

( Industry Median: 1.23 vs. SAH: 2.44 )
SAH' s 10-Year Price/Graham Number Range
Min: 2.52   Max: 19.11
Current: 2.44

2.52
19.11
Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) 7.30
SAH's Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) is ranked higher than
67% of the 1170 Companies
in the Global Auto & Truck Dealerships industry.

( Industry Median: 8.50 vs. SAH: 7.30 )
SAH' s 10-Year Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) Range
Min: 6.7   Max: 11.8
Current: 7.3

6.7
11.8
Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) 5.79
SAH's Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) is ranked higher than
68% of the 980 Companies
in the Global Auto & Truck Dealerships industry.

( Industry Median: 10.61 vs. SAH: 5.79 )
SAH' s 10-Year Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) Range
Min: -6.8   Max: 13.9
Current: 5.79

-6.8
13.9

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 December31, 2012, it operated 111 dealerships in 14 states and 21 collision repair centers and 100 stores. Its dealerships provide services including (1) sales of both new and used cars and light trucks; (2) sales of replacement parts, performance of vehicle maintenance, manufacturer warranty repairs, paint and collision repair services; and (3) 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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