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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 : 6/10

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industry
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history
Cash to Debt 0.04
AN's Cash to Debt is ranked lower than
65% of the 1207 Companies
in the Global Auto & Truck Dealerships industry.

( Industry Median: 1.10 vs. AN: 0.04 )
AN' s 10-Year Cash to Debt Range
Min: 0.01   Max: No Debt
Current: 0.04

Equity to Asset 0.27
AN's Equity to Asset is ranked lower than
59% of the 1201 Companies
in the Global Auto & Truck Dealerships industry.

( Industry Median: 0.47 vs. AN: 0.27 )
AN' s 10-Year Equity to Asset Range
Min: 0.21   Max: 0.9
Current: 0.27

0.21
0.9
Interest Coverage 5.22
AN's Interest Coverage is ranked higher than
52% of the 728 Companies
in the Global Auto & Truck Dealerships industry.

( Industry Median: 17.38 vs. AN: 5.22 )
AN' s 10-Year Interest Coverage Range
Min: 0.18   Max: 25.45
Current: 5.22

0.18
25.45
F-Score: 7
Z-Score: 3.87
M-Score: -2.40
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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history
Operating margin (%) 4.23
AN's Operating margin (%) is ranked higher than
62% of the 1158 Companies
in the Global Auto & Truck Dealerships industry.

( Industry Median: 5.68 vs. AN: 4.23 )
AN' s 10-Year Operating margin (%) Range
Min: -9.57   Max: 4.34
Current: 4.23

-9.57
4.34
Net-margin (%) 2.14
AN's Net-margin (%) is ranked higher than
55% of the 1158 Companies
in the Global Auto & Truck Dealerships industry.

( Industry Median: 4.60 vs. AN: 2.14 )
AN' s 10-Year Net-margin (%) Range
Min: -9.29   Max: 7.18
Current: 2.14

-9.29
7.18
ROE (%) 18.18
AN's ROE (%) is ranked higher than
91% of the 1153 Companies
in the Global Auto & Truck Dealerships industry.

( Industry Median: 10.05 vs. AN: 18.18 )
AN' s 10-Year ROE (%) Range
Min: -56.55   Max: 18.74
Current: 18.18

-56.55
18.74
ROA (%) 4.74
AN's ROA (%) is ranked higher than
71% of the 1165 Companies
in the Global Auto & Truck Dealerships industry.

( Industry Median: 4.37 vs. AN: 4.74 )
AN' s 10-Year ROA (%) Range
Min: -20.67   Max: 5.94
Current: 4.74

-20.67
5.94
ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) 32.55
AN's ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) is ranked higher than
90% of the 1158 Companies
in the Global Auto & Truck Dealerships industry.

( Industry Median: 16.21 vs. AN: 32.55 )
AN' s 10-Year ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) Range
Min: -64.32   Max: 41.98
Current: 32.55

-64.32
41.98
Revenue Growth (%) 21.80
AN's Revenue Growth (%) is ranked higher than
94% of the 1028 Companies
in the Global Auto & Truck Dealerships industry.

( Industry Median: 7.00 vs. AN: 21.80 )
AN' s 10-Year Revenue Growth (%) Range
Min: -9.5   Max: 58.9
Current: 21.8

-9.5
58.9
EBITDA Growth (%) 24.80
AN's EBITDA Growth (%) is ranked higher than
92% of the 923 Companies
in the Global Auto & Truck Dealerships industry.

( Industry Median: 5.90 vs. AN: 24.80 )
AN' s 10-Year EBITDA Growth (%) Range
Min: -50.9   Max: 103.3
Current: 24.8

-50.9
103.3
EPS Growth (%) 27.30
AN's EPS Growth (%) is ranked higher than
87% of the 843 Companies
in the Global Auto & Truck Dealerships industry.

( Industry Median: 6.50 vs. AN: 27.30 )
AN' s 10-Year EPS Growth (%) Range
Min: -24.1   Max: 208.4
Current: 27.3

-24.1
208.4
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Revenue & Net Income
Cash & Debt
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Guru Trades

Q2 2013

AN Guru Trades in Q2 2013

Paul Tudor Jones 11,700 sh (New)
Steven Cohen 207,299 sh (+343.51%)
Joel Greenblatt 25,926 sh (+25.05%)
Bill Gates 1,898,716 sh (unchged)
Murray Stahl 6,178,058 sh (-0.98%)
Mario Gabelli 1,145,119 sh (-2.26%)
Jeremy Grantham 117,443 sh (-4.36%)
Private Capital 187,410 sh (-4.42%)
Edward Lampert 20,268,682 sh (-35.54%)
Jim Simons 59,700 sh (-78.24%)
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Q3 2013

AN Guru Trades in Q3 2013

Jim Simons 879,700 sh (+1373.53%)
Joel Greenblatt 46,722 sh (+80.21%)
Bill Gates 1,898,716 sh (unchged)
Paul Tudor Jones Sold Out
Murray Stahl 6,077,383 sh (-1.63%)
Mario Gabelli 1,120,747 sh (-2.13%)
Edward Lampert 19,444,479 sh (-4.07%)
Private Capital 177,302 sh (-5.39%)
Jeremy Grantham 87,048 sh (-25.88%)
Steven Cohen 4,667 sh (-97.75%)
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Q4 2013

AN Guru Trades in Q4 2013

Louis Moore Bacon 85,000 sh (New)
Steven Cohen 32,029 sh (+586.29%)
Joel Greenblatt 53,597 sh (+14.71%)
Jeremy Grantham 93,658 sh (+7.59%)
Bill Gates 1,898,716 sh (unchged)
Mario Gabelli 1,101,179 sh (-1.75%)
Private Capital 172,738 sh (-2.57%)
Jim Simons 853,700 sh (-2.96%)
Murray Stahl 5,612,562 sh (-7.65%)
Edward Lampert 15,765,243 sh (-18.92%)
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Q1 2014

AN Guru Trades in Q1 2014

Ray Dalio 12,448 sh (New)
Steve Mandel 3,991,755 sh (New)
Joel Greenblatt 86,299 sh (+61.01%)
Bill Gates 1,898,716 sh (unchged)
Louis Moore Bacon Sold Out
Mario Gabelli 1,075,145 sh (-2.36%)
Private Capital 167,889 sh (-2.81%)
Steven Cohen 31,053 sh (-3.05%)
Murray Stahl 4,972,785 sh (-11.4%)
Edward Lampert 12,357,833 sh (-21.61%)
Jeremy Grantham 54,300 sh (-42.02%)
Jim Simons 279,061 sh (-67.31%)
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Insider Trades

Latest Guru Trades with AN

GuruDate Trades Impact to Portfolio Price Range * (?) Current Price Change from Average Current Shares
Edward Lampert 2014-03-31 Reduce -21.61%6.79%$46.84 - $53.71 $ 56.9512%12357833
Steve Mandel 2014-03-31 New Buy0.92%$46.84 - $53.71 $ 56.9512%3991755
Joel Greenblatt 2014-03-31 Add 61.01%0.03%$46.84 - $53.71 $ 56.9512%86299
Ray Dalio 2014-03-31 New Buy0.01%$46.84 - $53.71 $ 56.9512%12448
Edward Lampert 2013-12-31 Reduce -18.92%5.52%$46.91 - $52.34 $ 56.9515%15765243
Edward Lampert 2013-09-30 Reduce -4.07%1.2%$44.56 - $54.1 $ 56.9518%19444479
Joel Greenblatt 2013-09-30 Add 80.21%0.04%$44.56 - $54.1 $ 56.9518%46722
Edward Lampert 2013-06-30 Reduce -35.54%12.15%$41.18 - $47.13 $ 56.9528%20268682
Joel Greenblatt 2013-06-30 Add 25.05%0.01%$41.18 - $47.13 $ 56.9528%25926
Joel Greenblatt 2013-03-31 Reduce -61.03%0.07%$39.59 - $48.6 $ 56.9528%20733
Edward Lampert 2012-12-31 Reduce -27.98%10.55%$38.42 - $48.45 $ 56.9534%34617370
Joel Greenblatt 2012-12-31 New Buy0.12%$38.42 - $48.45 $ 56.9534%53203
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Ratios

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P/E(ttm) 17.50
AN's P/E(ttm) is ranked higher than
68% of the 1271 Companies
in the Global Auto & Truck Dealerships industry.

( Industry Median: 17.40 vs. AN: 17.50 )
AN' s 10-Year P/E(ttm) Range
Min: 6.62   Max: 23.92
Current: 17.5

6.62
23.92
P/B 3.20
AN's P/B is ranked lower than
53% of the 1271 Companies
in the Global Auto & Truck Dealerships industry.

( Industry Median: 1.60 vs. AN: 3.20 )
AN' s 10-Year P/B Range
Min: 0.37   Max: 3.6
Current: 3.2

0.37
3.6
P/S 0.38
AN's P/S is ranked higher than
81% of the 1271 Companies
in the Global Auto & Truck Dealerships industry.

( Industry Median: 0.70 vs. AN: 0.38 )
AN' s 10-Year P/S Range
Min: 0.05   Max: 0.45
Current: 0.38

0.05
0.45
PFCF 31.10
AN's PFCF is ranked higher than
72% of the 1271 Companies
in the Global Auto & Truck Dealerships industry.

( Industry Median: 56.81 vs. AN: 31.10 )
AN' s 10-Year PFCF Range
Min: 1.51   Max: 85.26
Current: 31.1

1.51
85.26
EV-to-EBIT 11.01
AN's EV-to-EBIT is ranked higher than
79% of the 1271 Companies
in the Global Auto & Truck Dealerships industry.

( Industry Median: 14.74 vs. AN: 11.01 )
AN' s 10-Year EV-to-EBIT Range
Min: 4.8   Max: 13.4
Current: 11.01

4.8
13.4
PEG 0.70
AN's PEG is ranked higher than
88% of the 1271 Companies
in the Global Auto & Truck Dealerships industry.

( Industry Median: 3.15 vs. AN: 0.70 )
AN' s 10-Year PEG Range
Min: 0.62   Max: 1.4
Current: 0.7

0.62
1.4
Shiller P/E 86.60
AN's Shiller P/E is ranked higher than
77% of the 1271 Companies
in the Global Auto & Truck Dealerships industry.

( Industry Median: 9999.00 vs. AN: 86.60 )
AN' s 10-Year Shiller P/E Range
Min: 4.76   Max: 792.4
Current: 86.6

4.76
792.4
Current Ratio 1.04
AN's Current Ratio is ranked lower than
54% of the 1212 Companies
in the Global Auto & Truck Dealerships industry.

( Industry Median: 1.49 vs. AN: 1.04 )
AN' s 10-Year Current Ratio Range
Min: 1.01   Max: 10.54
Current: 1.04

1.01
10.54
Quick Ratio 0.27
AN's Quick Ratio is ranked lower than
65% of the 1212 Companies
in the Global Auto & Truck Dealerships industry.

( Industry Median: 1.08 vs. AN: 0.27 )
AN' s 10-Year Quick Ratio Range
Min: 0.22   Max: 10.54
Current: 0.27

0.22
10.54

Valuation & Return

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Price/Tangible Book 12.70
AN's Price/Tangible Book is ranked lower than
59% of the 1271 Companies
in the Global Auto & Truck Dealerships industry.

( Industry Median: 1.89 vs. AN: 12.70 )
AN' s 10-Year Price/Tangible Book Range
Min: 0.32   Max: 30.08
Current: 12.7

0.32
30.08
Price/DCF (Projected) 1.30
AN's Price/DCF (Projected) is ranked higher than
89% of the 1271 Companies
in the Global Auto & Truck Dealerships industry.

( Industry Median: 9999.00 vs. AN: 1.30 )
AN' s 10-Year Price/DCF (Projected) Range
Min: 0.26   Max: 10.87
Current: 1.3

0.26
10.87
Price/Median PS Value 1.30
AN's Price/Median PS Value is ranked higher than
60% of the 1271 Companies
in the Global Auto & Truck Dealerships industry.

( Industry Median: 1.19 vs. AN: 1.30 )
AN' s 10-Year Price/Median PS Value Range
Min: 0.35   Max: 8.72
Current: 1.3

0.35
8.72
Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value 0.70
AN's Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value is ranked higher than
92% of the 1271 Companies
in the Global Auto & Truck Dealerships industry.

( Industry Median: 9999.00 vs. AN: 0.70 )
AN' s 10-Year Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value Range
Min: 0.26   Max: 1.68
Current: 0.7

0.26
1.68
Price/Graham Number 3.10
AN's Price/Graham Number is ranked higher than
51% of the 1271 Companies
in the Global Auto & Truck Dealerships industry.

( Industry Median: 1.34 vs. AN: 3.10 )
AN' s 10-Year Price/Graham Number Range
Min: 0.82   Max: 48.53
Current: 3.1

0.82
48.53
Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) 9.10
AN's Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) is ranked higher than
75% of the 1127 Companies
in the Global Auto & Truck Dealerships industry.

( Industry Median: 8.10 vs. AN: 9.10 )
AN' s 10-Year Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) Range
Min: 7.5   Max: 21
Current: 9.1

7.5
21
Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) 27.10
AN's Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) is ranked higher than
90% of the 881 Companies
in the Global Auto & Truck Dealerships industry.

( Industry Median: 9.11 vs. AN: 27.10 )
AN' s 10-Year Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) Range
Min: 0.7   Max: 27.7
Current: 27.1

0.7
27.7

Business Description

Industry: Autos » Auto & Truck Dealerships
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Traded in other countries:RWI.Germany
AutoNation Inc., a Delaware corporation was incorporated in 1991. The Company, through its subsidiaries, is an automotive retailer in the United States. As of December 31, 2012, the company owned and operated 265 new vehicle franchises from 221 stores located in the United States, predominantly in major metropolitan markets in the Sunbelt region. The Company offers a range of automotive products and services, including new vehicles, used vehicles, parts and automotive services, and automotive finance and insurance products. It also arranges financing for vehicle purchases through third-party finance sources. It had three operating segments: Domestic, Import, and Premium Luxury. Its Domestic segment is comprised of retail automotive franchises that sell new vehicles manufactured by General Motors, Ford, and Chrysler. Its Import segment is comprised of retail automotive franchises that sell new vehicles manufactured mainly by Toyota, Honda, and Nissan. Its Premium Luxury segment is comprised of retail automotive franchises that sell new vehicles manufactured mainly by Mercedes, BMW, and Lexus. The franchises in each segment also sell used vehicles, parts and automotive repair and maintenance services, and automotive finance and insurance products. Its Strategy is to deliver a positive customer experience at its stores, Leverage its significant scale to improve its operating efficiency, Increase its productivity and Build a powerful brand in each of its local markets. It owns a number of registered service marks and trademarks, including, among other marks, AutoNation and AutoNation. Pursuant to agreements with vehicle manufacturers, it has the right to use and display manufacturers' trademarks, logos, and designs at its stores and in its advertising and promotional materials, subject to certain restrictions. The Company faces competition from several public companies that operate numerous automotive retail stores on a regional or national basis, including franchised dealers that sell new and used vehicles as well as non-franchised dealers that sell only used vehicles, private companies that operate automotive retail stores in its markets, and online marketplaces. It also faces competition from a range of financial institutions in its finance and insurance and aftermarket products businesses. The Company's operations are subject to extensive governmental laws and regulations.
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