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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
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history
Cash to Debt 0.07
SONC's Cash to Debt is ranked lower than
91% of the 307 Companies
in the Global Restaurants industry.

( Industry Median: 0.63 vs. SONC: 0.07 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Cash to Debt only.
SONC' s Cash to Debt Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.01  Med: 0.07 Max: 0.44
Current: 0.07
0.01
0.44
Equity to Asset -0.06
SONC's Equity to Asset is ranked lower than
96% of the 303 Companies
in the Global Restaurants industry.

( Industry Median: 0.50 vs. SONC: -0.06 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Equity to Asset only.
SONC' s Equity to Asset Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -0.14  Med: 0.53 Max: 0.78
Current: -0.06
-0.14
0.78
Interest Coverage 4.97
SONC's Interest Coverage is ranked lower than
77% of the 239 Companies
in the Global Restaurants industry.

( Industry Median: 17.94 vs. SONC: 4.97 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Interest Coverage only.
SONC' s Interest Coverage Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 1.93  Med: 2.96 Max: 14.87
Current: 4.97
1.93
14.87
F-Score: 8
Z-Score: 5.31
M-Score: -2.99
WACC vs ROIC
12.09%
18.99%
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 : 8/10

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industry
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history
Operating margin (%) 20.22
SONC's Operating margin (%) is ranked higher than
89% of the 306 Companies
in the Global Restaurants industry.

( Industry Median: 5.03 vs. SONC: 20.22 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Operating margin (%) only.
SONC' s Operating margin (%) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 12.87  Med: 17.89 Max: 19.21
Current: 20.22
12.87
19.21
Net-margin (%) 11.31
SONC's Net-margin (%) is ranked higher than
87% of the 306 Companies
in the Global Restaurants industry.

( Industry Median: 3.06 vs. SONC: 11.31 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Net-margin (%) only.
SONC' s Net-margin (%) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 3.52  Med: 7.25 Max: 11.35
Current: 11.31
3.52
11.35
ROA (%) 11.32
SONC's ROA (%) is ranked higher than
83% of the 305 Companies
in the Global Restaurants industry.

( Industry Median: 4.66 vs. SONC: 11.32 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful ROA (%) only.
SONC' s ROA (%) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 2.67  Med: 6.59 Max: 13.1
Current: 11.32
2.67
13.1
ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) 29.69
SONC's ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) is ranked higher than
68% of the 305 Companies
in the Global Restaurants industry.

( Industry Median: 16.88 vs. SONC: 29.69 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) only.
SONC' s ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 12.59  Med: 24.22 Max: 29.54
Current: 29.69
12.59
29.54
Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) 7.50
SONC's Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked higher than
62% of the 240 Companies
in the Global Restaurants industry.

( Industry Median: 4.40 vs. SONC: 7.50 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) only.
SONC' s Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -12  Med: 15.20 Max: 26.8
Current: 7.5
-12
26.8
EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) 11.30
SONC's EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked higher than
65% of the 214 Companies
in the Global Restaurants industry.

( Industry Median: 5.40 vs. SONC: 11.30 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) only.
SONC' s EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -19.5  Med: 14.80 Max: 31.5
Current: 11.3
-19.5
31.5
EPS Growth (3Y)(%) 25.80
SONC's EPS Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked higher than
82% of the 169 Companies
in the Global Restaurants industry.

( Industry Median: 8.30 vs. SONC: 25.80 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful EPS Growth (3Y)(%) only.
SONC' s EPS Growth (3Y)(%) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -31.6  Med: 15.10 Max: 39.7
Current: 25.8
-31.6
39.7
» SONC's 10-Y Financials

Financials (Next Earnings Date: Est. 2016-06-22)


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

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Guru Trades

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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Q2 2015

SONC Guru Trades in Q2 2015

Lee Ainslie 8,730 sh (New)
Steven Cohen 335,300 sh (New)
Joel Greenblatt 39,262 sh (+181.61%)
Louis Moore Bacon Sold Out
Pioneer Investments 265,783 sh (-0.32%)
Paul Tudor Jones 14,100 sh (-12.43%)
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Q3 2015

SONC Guru Trades in Q3 2015

Jim Simons 17,974 sh (New)
Lee Ainslie 36,590 sh (+319.13%)
Joel Greenblatt 129,922 sh (+230.91%)
Steven Cohen 748,600 sh (+123.26%)
Pioneer Investments Sold Out
Paul Tudor Jones 11,300 sh (-19.86%)
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Q4 2015

SONC Guru Trades in Q4 2015

Louis Moore Bacon 200,000 sh (New)
Joel Greenblatt 394,386 sh (+203.56%)
Paul Tudor Jones 14,471 sh (+28.06%)
Jim Simons 21,774 sh (+21.14%)
Lee Ainslie 38,800 sh (+6.04%)
Steven Cohen 106,600 sh (-85.76%)
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Ratios

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history
P/E(ttm) 26.28
SONC's P/E(ttm) is ranked lower than
58% of the 227 Companies
in the Global Restaurants industry.

( Industry Median: 23.75 vs. SONC: 26.28 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful P/E(ttm) only.
SONC' s P/E(ttm) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 7.46  Med: 24.57 Max: 62.86
Current: 26.28
7.46
62.86
Forward P/E 23.42
SONC's Forward P/E is ranked lower than
70% of the 64 Companies
in the Global Restaurants industry.

( Industry Median: 9999.00 vs. SONC: 23.42 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Forward P/E only.
N/A
PE(NRI) 26.28
SONC's PE(NRI) is ranked lower than
58% of the 227 Companies
in the Global Restaurants industry.

( Industry Median: 23.67 vs. SONC: 26.28 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful PE(NRI) only.
SONC' s PE(NRI) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 7.45  Med: 24.51 Max: 61.21
Current: 26.28
7.45
61.21
Price/Owner Earnings (ttm) 22.17
SONC's Price/Owner Earnings (ttm) is ranked higher than
57% of the 136 Companies
in the Global Restaurants industry.

( Industry Median: 24.12 vs. SONC: 22.17 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price/Owner Earnings (ttm) only.
SONC' s Price/Owner Earnings (ttm) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 5.91  Med: 19.39 Max: 53.54
Current: 22.17
5.91
53.54
P/S 3.01
SONC's P/S is ranked lower than
81% of the 300 Companies
in the Global Restaurants industry.

( Industry Median: 1.01 vs. SONC: 3.01 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful P/S only.
SONC' s P/S Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.51  Med: 1.76 Max: 3.59
Current: 3.01
0.51
3.59
PFCF 22.80
SONC's PFCF is ranked higher than
53% of the 123 Companies
in the Global Restaurants industry.

( Industry Median: 24.02 vs. SONC: 22.80 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful PFCF only.
SONC' s PFCF Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 5.39  Med: 20.49 Max: 262.37
Current: 22.8
5.39
262.37
POCF 15.68
SONC's POCF is ranked lower than
69% of the 177 Companies
in the Global Restaurants industry.

( Industry Median: 11.43 vs. SONC: 15.68 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful POCF only.
SONC' s POCF Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 3.26  Med: 10.60 Max: 17.5
Current: 15.68
3.26
17.5
EV-to-EBIT 17.30
SONC's EV-to-EBIT is ranked higher than
54% of the 240 Companies
in the Global Restaurants industry.

( Industry Median: 17.57 vs. SONC: 17.30 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful EV-to-EBIT only.
SONC' s EV-to-EBIT Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 7.5  Med: 15.60 Max: 25.1
Current: 17.3
7.5
25.1
EV-to-EBITDA 12.78
SONC's EV-to-EBITDA is ranked higher than
52% of the 255 Companies
in the Global Restaurants industry.

( Industry Median: 12.98 vs. SONC: 12.78 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful EV-to-EBITDA only.
SONC' s EV-to-EBITDA Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 5.5  Med: 10.80 Max: 15.2
Current: 12.78
5.5
15.2
PEG 2.31
SONC's PEG is ranked higher than
52% of the 107 Companies
in the Global Restaurants industry.

( Industry Median: 2.33 vs. SONC: 2.31 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful PEG only.
SONC' s PEG Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.35  Med: 1.76 Max: 197.73
Current: 2.31
0.35
197.73
Shiller P/E 42.95
SONC's Shiller P/E is ranked lower than
73% of the 70 Companies
in the Global Restaurants industry.

( Industry Median: 27.68 vs. SONC: 42.95 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Shiller P/E only.
SONC' s Shiller P/E Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 8.82  Med: 21.25 Max: 46.65
Current: 42.95
8.82
46.65
Current Ratio 1.22
SONC's Current Ratio is ranked higher than
56% of the 299 Companies
in the Global Restaurants industry.

( Industry Median: 1.12 vs. SONC: 1.22 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Current Ratio only.
SONC' s Current Ratio Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.48  Med: 0.92 Max: 2.24
Current: 1.22
0.48
2.24
Quick Ratio 1.22
SONC's Quick Ratio is ranked higher than
63% of the 299 Companies
in the Global Restaurants industry.

( Industry Median: 0.94 vs. SONC: 1.22 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Quick Ratio only.
SONC' s Quick Ratio Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.48  Med: 0.91 Max: 2.24
Current: 1.22
0.48
2.24
Days Inventory 0.68
SONC's Days Inventory is ranked higher than
99% of the 285 Companies
in the Global Restaurants industry.

( Industry Median: 11.61 vs. SONC: 0.68 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Days Inventory only.
SONC' s Days Inventory Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 3  Med: 3.59 Max: 3.75
Current: 0.68
3
3.75
Days Sales Outstanding 18.81
SONC's Days Sales Outstanding is ranked lower than
71% of the 255 Companies
in the Global Restaurants industry.

( Industry Median: 8.17 vs. SONC: 18.81 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Days Sales Outstanding only.
SONC' s Days Sales Outstanding Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 5.78  Med: 11.65 Max: 14.26
Current: 18.81
5.78
14.26
Days Payable 13.64
SONC's Days Payable is ranked lower than
88% of the 242 Companies
in the Global Restaurants industry.

( Industry Median: 41.13 vs. SONC: 13.64 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Days Payable only.
SONC' s Days Payable Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 11.41  Med: 13.87 Max: 18.7
Current: 13.64
11.41
18.7

Dividend & Buy Back

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Dividend Yield 1.13
SONC's Dividend Yield is ranked lower than
69% of the 283 Companies
in the Global Restaurants industry.

( Industry Median: 1.65 vs. SONC: 1.13 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Dividend Yield only.
SONC' s Dividend Yield Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.28  Med: 0.97 Max: 1.48
Current: 1.13
0.28
1.48
Dividend Payout 0.30
SONC's Dividend Payout is ranked higher than
75% of the 180 Companies
in the Global Restaurants industry.

( Industry Median: 0.41 vs. SONC: 0.30 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Dividend Payout only.
SONC' s Dividend Payout Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.18  Med: 0.48 Max: 0.64
Current: 0.3
0.18
0.64
Forward Dividend Yield 1.24
SONC's Forward Dividend Yield is ranked lower than
67% of the 258 Companies
in the Global Restaurants industry.

( Industry Median: 1.76 vs. SONC: 1.24 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Forward Dividend Yield only.
N/A
Yield on cost (5-Year) 1.14
SONC's Yield on cost (5-Year) is ranked lower than
71% of the 328 Companies
in the Global Restaurants industry.

( Industry Median: 2.20 vs. SONC: 1.14 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Yield on cost (5-Year) only.
SONC' s Yield on cost (5-Year) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.28  Med: 0.97 Max: 1.48
Current: 1.14
0.28
1.48
3-Year Average Share Buyback Ratio 3.60
SONC's 3-Year Average Share Buyback Ratio is ranked higher than
92% of the 183 Companies
in the Global Restaurants industry.

( Industry Median: -1.10 vs. SONC: 3.60 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful 3-Year Average Share Buyback Ratio only.
SONC' s 3-Year Average Share Buyback Ratio Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -2.2  Med: 2.70 Max: 12.8
Current: 3.6
-2.2
12.8

Valuation & Return

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Price/Projected FCF 2.58
SONC's Price/Projected FCF is ranked lower than
60% of the 156 Companies
in the Global Restaurants industry.

( Industry Median: 2.15 vs. SONC: 2.58 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price/Projected FCF only.
SONC' s Price/Projected FCF Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.9  Med: 2.39 Max: 19.28
Current: 2.58
0.9
19.28
Price/Median PS Value 1.70
SONC's Price/Median PS Value is ranked lower than
77% of the 257 Companies
in the Global Restaurants industry.

( Industry Median: 1.13 vs. SONC: 1.70 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price/Median PS Value only.
SONC' s Price/Median PS Value Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.37  Med: 1.23 Max: 2.1
Current: 1.7
0.37
2.1
Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value 1.80
SONC's Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value is ranked higher than
53% of the 70 Companies
in the Global Restaurants industry.

( Industry Median: 1.77 vs. SONC: 1.80 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value only.
SONC' s Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.45  Med: 1.36 Max: 5.28
Current: 1.8
0.45
5.28
Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) (%) 5.75
SONC's Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) (%) is ranked higher than
62% of the 292 Companies
in the Global Restaurants industry.

( Industry Median: 4.90 vs. SONC: 5.75 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) (%) only.
SONC' s Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) (%) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 4  Med: 6.40 Max: 13.3
Current: 5.75
4
13.3
Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) (%) 17.56
SONC's Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) (%) is ranked higher than
69% of the 163 Companies
in the Global Restaurants industry.

( Industry Median: 8.93 vs. SONC: 17.56 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) (%) only.
SONC' s Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) (%) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -5.8  Med: 15.60 Max: 27.8
Current: 17.56
-5.8
27.8

More Statistics

Revenue(Mil) $619
EPS $ 1.34
Beta1.67
Short Percentage of Float11.19%
52-Week Range $22.72 - 36.34
Shares Outstanding(Mil)48.55

Analyst Estimate

Aug16 Aug17 Aug18
Revenue(Mil) 627 643 645
EPS($) 1.32 1.51 1.61
EPS without NRI($) 1.32 1.51 1.61

Business Description

Industry: Restaurants » Restaurants
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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 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 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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