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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
Cash to Debt 0.05
SONC's Cash to Debt is ranked lower than
92% of the 287 Companies
in the Global Restaurants industry.

( Industry Median: 0.67 vs. SONC: 0.05 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Cash to Debt only.
SONC' s 10-Year Cash to Debt Range
Min: 0.01  Med: 0.07 Max: 2.09
Current: 0.05
0.01
2.09
Equity to Asset 0.03
SONC's Equity to Asset is ranked lower than
93% of the 285 Companies
in the Global Restaurants industry.

( Industry Median: 0.48 vs. SONC: 0.03 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Equity to Asset only.
SONC' s 10-Year Equity to Asset Range
Min: -0.14  Med: 0.55 Max: 0.85
Current: 0.03
-0.14
0.85
Interest Coverage 3.89
SONC's Interest Coverage is ranked lower than
83% of the 210 Companies
in the Global Restaurants industry.

( Industry Median: 28.28 vs. SONC: 3.89 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Interest Coverage only.
SONC' s 10-Year Interest Coverage Range
Min: 1.93  Med: 10.66 Max: 26.58
Current: 3.89
1.93
26.58
F-Score: 6
Z-Score: 4.95
M-Score: -2.15
WACC vs ROIC
9.40%
15.28%
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 : 5/10

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industry
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history
Operating margin (%) 18.87
SONC's Operating margin (%) is ranked higher than
89% of the 290 Companies
in the Global Restaurants industry.

( Industry Median: 4.86 vs. SONC: 18.87 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Operating margin (%) only.
SONC' s 10-Year Operating margin (%) Range
Min: 12.87  Med: 19.39 Max: 22.55
Current: 18.87
12.87
22.55
Net-margin (%) 9.59
SONC's Net-margin (%) is ranked higher than
86% of the 291 Companies
in the Global Restaurants industry.

( Industry Median: 2.92 vs. SONC: 9.59 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Net-margin (%) only.
SONC' s 10-Year Net-margin (%) Range
Min: 3.52  Med: 9.89 Max: 11.92
Current: 9.59
3.52
11.92
ROE (%) 142.56
SONC's ROE (%) is ranked higher than
99% of the 283 Companies
in the Global Restaurants industry.

( Industry Median: 7.87 vs. SONC: 142.56 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful ROE (%) only.
SONC' s 10-Year ROE (%) Range
Min: 12.94  Med: 21.39 Max: 234.66
Current: 142.56
12.94
234.66
ROA (%) 8.96
SONC's ROA (%) is ranked higher than
76% of the 291 Companies
in the Global Restaurants industry.

( Industry Median: 3.73 vs. SONC: 8.96 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful ROA (%) only.
SONC' s 10-Year ROA (%) Range
Min: 2.67  Med: 10.14 Max: 13.1
Current: 8.96
2.67
13.1
ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) 25.84
SONC's ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) is ranked higher than
68% of the 290 Companies
in the Global Restaurants industry.

( Industry Median: 14.44 vs. SONC: 25.84 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) only.
SONC' s 10-Year ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) Range
Min: 12.59  Med: 27.73 Max: 47.76
Current: 25.84
12.59
47.76
Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) 3.50
SONC's Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked lower than
52% of the 217 Companies
in the Global Restaurants industry.

( Industry Median: 4.20 vs. SONC: 3.50 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) only.
SONC' s 10-Year Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) Range
Min: -12  Med: 15.20 Max: 26.8
Current: 3.5
-12
26.8
EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) 14.90
SONC's EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked higher than
72% of the 183 Companies
in the Global Restaurants industry.

( Industry Median: 5.90 vs. SONC: 14.90 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) only.
SONC' s 10-Year EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) Range
Min: -19.5  Med: 16.30 Max: 31.6
Current: 14.9
-19.5
31.6
EPS Growth (3Y)(%) 40.00
SONC's EPS Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked higher than
92% of the 154 Companies
in the Global Restaurants industry.

( Industry Median: 4.80 vs. SONC: 40.00 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful EPS Growth (3Y)(%) only.
SONC' s 10-Year EPS Growth (3Y)(%) Range
Min: -31.6  Med: 14.50 Max: 40
Current: 40
-31.6
40
» SONC's 10-Y Financials

Financials


Revenue & Net Income
Cash & Debt
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Guru Trades

Q2 2014

SONC Guru Trades in Q2 2014

RS Investment Management 3,363,355 sh (+259.41%)
Steven Cohen 1,060,528 sh (unchged)
Paul Tudor Jones Sold Out
Jim Simons 479,000 sh (-46.70%)
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Q3 2014

SONC Guru Trades in Q3 2014

RS Investment Management 3,367,755 sh (+0.13%)
Steven Cohen 768,000 sh (-27.58%)
Jim Simons 33,200 sh (-93.07%)
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Q4 2014

SONC Guru Trades in Q4 2014

Paul Tudor Jones 16,361 sh (New)
Pioneer Investments 268,147 sh (New)
Jim Simons 488,874 sh (+1372.51%)
RS Investment Management 2,506,752 sh (-25.57%)
Steven Cohen 265,000 sh (-65.49%)
» More
Q1 2015

SONC Guru Trades in Q1 2015

Joel Greenblatt 13,942 sh (New)
Louis Moore Bacon 115,000 sh (New)
Steven Cohen Sold Out
Jim Simons Sold Out
RS Investment Management Sold Out
Pioneer Investments 266,647 sh (-0.56%)
Paul Tudor Jones 16,102 sh (-1.58%)
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Ratios

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industry
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history
P/E(ttm) 28.80
SONC's P/E(ttm) is ranked higher than
54% of the 197 Companies
in the Global Restaurants industry.

( Industry Median: 29.80 vs. SONC: 28.80 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful P/E(ttm) only.
SONC' s 10-Year P/E(ttm) Range
Min: 7.46  Med: 24.91 Max: 62.86
Current: 28.8
7.46
62.86
Forward P/E 23.98
SONC's Forward P/E is ranked lower than
65% of the 130 Companies
in the Global Restaurants industry.

( Industry Median: 19.19 vs. SONC: 23.98 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Forward P/E only.
N/A
PE(NRI) 28.60
SONC's PE(NRI) is ranked higher than
53% of the 197 Companies
in the Global Restaurants industry.

( Industry Median: 29.50 vs. SONC: 28.60 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful PE(NRI) only.
SONC' s 10-Year PE(NRI) Range
Min: 7.45  Med: 25.00 Max: 61.21
Current: 28.6
7.45
61.21
P/B 83.19
SONC's P/B is ranked lower than
100% of the 267 Companies
in the Global Restaurants industry.

( Industry Median: 3.15 vs. SONC: 83.19 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful P/B only.
SONC' s 10-Year P/B Range
Min: 3.77  Med: 12.75 Max: 2395
Current: 83.19
3.77
2395
P/S 2.75
SONC's P/S is ranked lower than
79% of the 294 Companies
in the Global Restaurants industry.

( Industry Median: 1.20 vs. SONC: 2.75 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful P/S only.
SONC' s 10-Year P/S Range
Min: 0.51  Med: 1.75 Max: 4.08
Current: 2.75
0.51
4.08
PFCF 20.80
SONC's PFCF is ranked higher than
68% of the 148 Companies
in the Global Restaurants industry.

( Industry Median: 32.26 vs. SONC: 20.80 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful PFCF only.
SONC' s 10-Year PFCF Range
Min: 5.39  Med: 29.59 Max: 244
Current: 20.8
5.39
244
POCF 12.28
SONC's POCF is ranked higher than
68% of the 234 Companies
in the Global Restaurants industry.

( Industry Median: 15.73 vs. SONC: 12.28 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful POCF only.
SONC' s 10-Year POCF Range
Min: 3.25  Med: 10.67 Max: 19.71
Current: 12.28
3.25
19.71
EV-to-EBIT 17.63
SONC's EV-to-EBIT is ranked higher than
58% of the 212 Companies
in the Global Restaurants industry.

( Industry Median: 20.04 vs. SONC: 17.63 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful EV-to-EBIT only.
SONC' s 10-Year EV-to-EBIT Range
Min: 8  Med: 15.10 Max: 22.3
Current: 17.63
8
22.3
Shiller P/E 46.56
SONC's Shiller P/E is ranked lower than
65% of the 148 Companies
in the Global Restaurants industry.

( Industry Median: 33.76 vs. SONC: 46.56 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Shiller P/E only.
SONC' s 10-Year Shiller P/E Range
Min: 7.82  Med: 26.95 Max: 54.27
Current: 46.56
7.82
54.27
Current Ratio 0.98
SONC's Current Ratio is ranked lower than
56% of the 285 Companies
in the Global Restaurants industry.

( Industry Median: 1.12 vs. SONC: 0.98 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Current Ratio only.
SONC' s 10-Year Current Ratio Range
Min: 0.48  Med: 0.92 Max: 2.61
Current: 0.98
0.48
2.61
Quick Ratio 0.98
SONC's Quick Ratio is ranked higher than
53% of the 285 Companies
in the Global Restaurants industry.

( Industry Median: 0.95 vs. SONC: 0.98 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Quick Ratio only.
SONC' s 10-Year Quick Ratio Range
Min: 0.48  Med: 0.91 Max: 2.61
Current: 0.98
0.48
2.61
Days Inventory 0.51
SONC's Days Inventory is ranked higher than
100% of the 274 Companies
in the Global Restaurants industry.

( Industry Median: 12.23 vs. SONC: 0.51 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Days Inventory only.
SONC' s 10-Year Days Inventory Range
Min: 3  Med: 3.54 Max: 12.52
Current: 0.51
3
12.52
Days Sales Outstanding 21.70
SONC's Days Sales Outstanding is ranked lower than
79% of the 249 Companies
in the Global Restaurants industry.

( Industry Median: 8.22 vs. SONC: 21.70 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Days Sales Outstanding only.
SONC' s 10-Year Days Sales Outstanding Range
Min: 5.78  Med: 12.20 Max: 15.33
Current: 21.7
5.78
15.33

Dividend & Buy Back

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industry
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history
Dividend Yield 0.91
SONC's Dividend Yield is ranked lower than
72% of the 298 Companies
in the Global Restaurants industry.

( Industry Median: 1.47 vs. SONC: 0.91 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Dividend Yield only.
SONC' s 10-Year Dividend Yield Range
Min: 0.28  Med: 0.57 Max: 0.97
Current: 0.91
0.28
0.97
Dividend Payout 0.26
SONC's Dividend Payout is ranked higher than
88% of the 197 Companies
in the Global Restaurants industry.

( Industry Median: 0.45 vs. SONC: 0.26 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Dividend Payout only.
SONC' s 10-Year Dividend Payout Range
Min: 0.24  Med: 0.50 Max: 0.64
Current: 0.26
0.24
0.64
Yield on cost (5-Year) 0.91
SONC's Yield on cost (5-Year) is ranked lower than
72% of the 300 Companies
in the Global Restaurants industry.

( Industry Median: 1.65 vs. SONC: 0.91 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Yield on cost (5-Year) only.
SONC' s 10-Year Yield on cost (5-Year) Range
Min: 0.28  Med: 0.57 Max: 0.97
Current: 0.91
0.28
0.97
Share Buyback Rate 3.00
SONC's Share Buyback Rate is ranked higher than
90% of the 179 Companies
in the Global Restaurants industry.

( Industry Median: -1.10 vs. SONC: 3.00 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Share Buyback Rate only.
SONC' s 10-Year Share Buyback Rate Range
Min: 12.8  Med: 2.40 Max: -6.2
Current: 3

Valuation & Return

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history
Price/Projected FCF 2.63
SONC's Price/Projected FCF is ranked lower than
61% of the 135 Companies
in the Global Restaurants industry.

( Industry Median: 2.27 vs. SONC: 2.63 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price/Projected FCF only.
SONC' s 10-Year Price/Projected FCF Range
Min: 0.9  Med: 2.52 Max: 19.29
Current: 2.63
0.9
19.29
Price/Median PS Value 1.57
SONC's Price/Median PS Value is ranked lower than
70% of the 214 Companies
in the Global Restaurants industry.

( Industry Median: 1.28 vs. SONC: 1.57 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price/Median PS Value only.
SONC' s 10-Year Price/Median PS Value Range
Min: 0.37  Med: 1.18 Max: 2.22
Current: 1.57
0.37
2.22
Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value 2.41
SONC's Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value is ranked lower than
51% of the 55 Companies
in the Global Restaurants industry.

( Industry Median: 2.33 vs. SONC: 2.41 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value only.
SONC' s 10-Year Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value Range
Min: 0.39  Med: 1.13 Max: 5.28
Current: 2.41
0.39
5.28
Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) (%) 5.67
SONC's Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) (%) is ranked higher than
68% of the 273 Companies
in the Global Restaurants industry.

( Industry Median: 4.20 vs. SONC: 5.67 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) (%) only.
SONC' s 10-Year Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) (%) Range
Min: 4.5  Med: 6.60 Max: 12.6
Current: 5.67
4.5
12.6
Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) (%) 15.44
SONC's Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) (%) is ranked higher than
69% of the 154 Companies
in the Global Restaurants industry.

( Industry Median: 7.15 vs. SONC: 15.44 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) (%) only.
SONC' s 10-Year Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) (%) Range
Min: -7.7  Med: 14.40 Max: 30.7
Current: 15.44
-7.7
30.7

Analyst Estimate

Aug15 Aug16 Aug17
Revenue(Mil) 607 635 638
EPS($) 1.09 1.24 1.28
EPS without NRI($) 1.09 1.24 1.28

Business Description

Industry: Restaurants » Restaurants
Compare:BH, CMG, MCD, DIN, SBUX » details
Traded in other countries:SO4.Germany,
Sonic Corp was incorporated in the State of Delaware in 1990. The Company operates and franchises the chain of drive-in restaurants ("Sonic Drive-Ins") in the United States. As of the end of the fiscal year on August 31, 2013, the Company includes 3,522 Sonic Drive-Ins in 44 states of which 396 are owned and operated by Sonic Restaurants, Inc., the Company's operating subsidiary and 3,126 are owned and operated by franchises. The Company maintains a highly diverse menu. The menu includes a variety of traditional and healthy choices as well as creative and fun items. The Company's signature food items include specialty drinks (such as cherry limeades and slushes), ice cream desserts, made-to-order sandwiches and hamburgers, a variety of hot dogs including six-inch premium beef hot dogs and footlong quarter-pound coneys, hand-battered onion rings, tater tots and wraps. It also offers breakfast items that include a variety of breakfast burritos and serve the full menu all day. The marketing plan includes promotions for use throughout the Sonic chain. It has developed and implemented a strategy designed to build the Sonic brand and to maintain high levels of customer satisfaction and repeat business. The Company supports those promotions with television, radio, interactive media, point-of-sale materials, and other media as appropriate. Its competitors include a large number of national, regional, and local food services, including quick-service restaurants and casual dining restaurants. The Company's competitors include a large number of national, regional, and local food services, including quick-service restaurants and casual dining restaurants. Its business is not dependent upon either a single customer or small group of customers.
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