Sonic Automotive Company Profile (NYSE:SAH)

About Sonic Automotive (NYSE:SAH)

Sonic Automotive logoSonic Automotive, Inc. is an automotive retailer in the United States. The Company's operating segments include Franchised Dealerships and EchoPark. Its Franchised Dealerships segment consists of retail automotive franchises that sell new vehicles and buy and sell used vehicles, sell replacement parts, perform vehicle repair and maintenance services, and arrange finance and insurance products. The EchoPark segment consists of standalone specialty retail locations that provide customers an opportunity to search, buy, service, finance and sell pre-owned vehicles. Its franchised dealerships provide services, including sales of both new and used cars, and light trucks; sales of replacement parts and performance of vehicle maintenance, manufacturer warranty repairs, and paint and collision repair services (collectively, Fixed Operations), and arrangement of extended warranties, service contracts, financing, insurance and other aftermarket products (collectively, F&I) for its customers.

Industry, Sector and Symbol:
  • Sector: Retail/Wholesale
  • Industry: Auto Vehicles, Parts & Service Retailers - NEC
  • Sub-Industry: Automotive Retail
  • Symbol: NYSE:SAH
  • CUSIP: 83545G10
  • Web:
  • Market Cap: $884.07 million
  • Outstanding Shares: 44,991,000
Average Prices:
  • 50 Day Moving Avg: $18.89
  • 200 Day Moving Avg: $20.54
  • 52 Week Range: $16.53 - $27.45
  • Trailing P/E Ratio: 11.35
  • Foreward P/E Ratio: 9.27
  • P/E Growth: 24.38
Sales & Book Value:
  • Annual Revenue: $9.78 billion
  • Price / Sales: 0.09
  • Book Value: $16.06 per share
  • Price / Book: 1.22
  • Annual Dividend: $0.20
  • Dividend Yield: 1.0%
  • EBIDTA: $299.99 million
  • Net Margins: 0.80%
  • Return on Equity: 12.03%
  • Return on Assets: 2.38%
  • Debt-to-Equity Ratio: 1.24%
  • Current Ratio: 1.05%
  • Quick Ratio: 0.19%
  • Average Volume: 274,964 shs.
  • Beta: 1.54
  • Short Ratio: 11.65

Frequently Asked Questions for Sonic Automotive (NYSE:SAH)

What is Sonic Automotive's stock symbol?

Sonic Automotive trades on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) under the ticker symbol "SAH."

How often does Sonic Automotive pay dividends? What is the dividend yield for Sonic Automotive?

Sonic Automotive declared a quarterly dividend on Wednesday, April 26th. Investors of record on Thursday, June 15th will be given a dividend of $0.05 per share on Friday, July 14th. This represents a $0.20 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 1.02%. The ex-dividend date is Tuesday, June 13th. View Sonic Automotive's Dividend History.

How were Sonic Automotive's earnings last quarter?

Sonic Automotive, Inc. (NYSE:SAH) issued its earnings results on Wednesday, April, 26th. The company reported $0.23 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, meeting the Thomson Reuters' consensus estimate of $0.23. The company earned $2.29 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $2.29 billion. Sonic Automotive had a net margin of 0.80% and a return on equity of 12.03%. The business's revenue was up 2.4% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period last year, the company posted $0.39 EPS. View Sonic Automotive's Earnings History.

When will Sonic Automotive make its next earnings announcement?

Sonic Automotive is scheduled to release their next quarterly earnings announcement on Friday, July, 28th 2017. View Earnings Estimates for Sonic Automotive.

Where is Sonic Automotive's stock going? Where will Sonic Automotive's stock price be in 2017?

4 brokers have issued 1-year price targets for Sonic Automotive's shares. Their predictions range from $22.00 to $26.00. On average, they anticipate Sonic Automotive's stock price to reach $23.67 in the next year. View Analyst Ratings for Sonic Automotive.

What are analysts saying about Sonic Automotive stock?

Here are some recent quotes from research analysts about Sonic Automotive stock:

  • 1. Jefferies Group LLC analysts commented, "We are updating our model to reflect a recently filed 8-K in which SAH provided Q1'17 guidance; Q1'17 EPS from continuing operations is expected to be $0.22- $0.26. Accordingly, we are lowering our Q1'17 EPS est. to $0.22 from $0.40 to reflect increased SG&A and depreciation expenses associated with the opening of new locations. We maintain our FY'17 EPS est. of $2.03 while noting that FY'17 EPS guidance of $2.00-$2.10 remains unchanged." (3/27/2017)
  • 2. According to Zacks Investment Research, "Sonic Automotive has underperformed the Zacks-categorized Retail/Wholesale Auto/Truck industry over a year.  Sonic Automotive is witnessing weakness in its most profitable market, Houston. It expects to incur loss related to EchoPark. Sonic Automotive has an extensive merchandise inventory. The high proportion of inventory in the current assets can affect the short-term liquidity of the company in periods of low sales. Further, the company has a mixed record of earnings surprises in recent quarters with an average negative surprise over the last four quarters." (1/20/2017)

Who are some of Sonic Automotive's key competitors?

Who are Sonic Automotive's key executives?

Sonic Automotive's management team includes the folowing people:

  • Ollen Bruton Smith, Executive Chairman of the Board
  • B. Scott Smith, Chief Executive Officer, President and Director
  • David Bruton Smith, Vice Chairman and Director
  • Heath R. Byrd, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
  • Jeff .., Executive Vice President - Operations
  • William I. Belk, Lead Independent Director
  • William R. Brooks, Director
  • Victor H. Doolan, Independent Director
  • John William Harris III, Independent Director
  • Robert Heller, Independent Director

Who owns Sonic Automotive stock?

Sonic Automotive's stock is owned by many different of retail and institutional investors. Top institutional shareholders include Cascade Investment Advisors Inc. (0.15%), Nisa Investment Advisors LLC (0.06%), Capstone Asset Management Co. (0.04%), Aperio Group LLC (0.03%), OLD National Bancorp IN (0.03%) and Louisiana State Employees Retirement System (0.02%). Company insiders that own Sonic Automotive stock include Bryan Scott Smith, O Bruton Smith, R Eugene Taylor and Victor H Doolan. View Institutional Ownership Trends for Sonic Automotive.

Who sold Sonic Automotive stock? Who is selling Sonic Automotive stock?

Sonic Automotive's stock was sold by a variety of institutional investors in the last quarter, including Nisa Investment Advisors LLC and OLD National Bancorp IN. View Insider Buying and Selling for Sonic Automotive.

Who bought Sonic Automotive stock? Who is buying Sonic Automotive stock?

Sonic Automotive's stock was acquired by a variety of institutional investors in the last quarter, including Aperio Group LLC, State of Alaska Department of Revenue, Cascade Investment Advisors Inc. and Capstone Asset Management Co.. Company insiders that have bought Sonic Automotive stock in the last two years include O Bruton Smith and R Eugene Taylor. View Insider Buying and Selling for Sonic Automotive.

How do I buy Sonic Automotive stock?

Shares of Sonic Automotive can be purchased through any online brokerage account. Popular online brokerages include Vanguard Brokerage Services, TD Ameritrade, E*TRADE, Scottrade, Fidelity and Charles Schwab.

What is Sonic Automotive's stock price today?

One share of Sonic Automotive stock can currently be purchased for approximately $19.65.

MarketBeat Community Rating for Sonic Automotive (NYSE SAH)
Community Ranking:  1.1 out of 5 ()
Outperform Votes:  40 (Vote Outperform)
Underperform Votes:  140 (Vote Underperform)
Total Votes:  180
MarketBeat's community ratings are surveys of what our community members think about Sonic Automotive and other stocks. Vote "Outperform" if you believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 over the long term. Vote "Underperform" if you believe the stock will underperform the S&P 500 over the long term. You may vote once every thirty days.

Analyst Ratings

Consensus Ratings for Sonic Automotive (NYSE:SAH) (How are Consensus Ratings Calculated?)
Ratings Breakdown: 3 Hold Ratings, 1 Buy Rating
Consensus Rating:Hold (Score: 2.25)
Consensus Price Target: $23.67 (20.44% upside)

Analysts' Ratings History for Sonic Automotive (NYSE:SAH)
DateFirmActionRatingPrice TargetImpact on Share PriceDetails
7/19/2017Jefferies Group LLCReiterated RatingHold$22.00MediumView Rating Details
6/9/2017Morgan StanleyLower Price TargetOverweight$25.00 -> $23.00LowView Rating Details
2/23/2017Bank of America CorporationDowngradeBuy -> Neutral$26.00N/AView Rating Details
1/10/2017CL KingDowngradeBuy -> NeutralN/AView Rating Details
1/21/2016SidotiInitiated CoverageBuy$24.00N/AView Rating Details
11/9/2015Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. (The)UpgradeSell -> Neutral$27.00N/AView Rating Details
9/9/2015Evercore ISIInitiated CoverageHoldN/AView Rating Details
(Data available from 7/20/2015 forward)


Earnings History for Sonic Automotive (NYSE:SAH)
Earnings by Quarter for Sonic Automotive (NYSE:SAH)
Earnings History by Quarter for Sonic Automotive (NYSE SAH)
DateQuarterConsensus EstimateActual EPSRevenue EstimateActual RevenueRelease LinkConference CallDetails
7/28/2017$0.46N/AView Earnings Details
4/26/2017Q1 2017$0.23$0.23$2.29 billion$2.29 billionViewN/AView Earnings Details
2/21/2017Q416$0.62$0.66$2.51 billion$2.56 billionViewListenView Earnings Details
11/1/2016Q316$0.54$0.47$2.48 billion$2.56 billionViewListenView Earnings Details
7/26/2016Q216$0.50$0.50$2.48 billion$2.38 billionViewListenView Earnings Details
4/26/2016Q116$0.39$0.39$2.32 billion$2.23 billionViewListenView Earnings Details
2/23/2016Q415$0.58$0.61$2.46 billion$2.47 billionViewListenView Earnings Details
10/28/2015Q315$0.47$0.53$2.44 billion$2.49 billionViewListenView Earnings Details
7/20/2015Q215$0.47$0.46$2.43 billion$2.00 billionViewListenView Earnings Details
4/21/2015Q115$0.38$0.37$2.21 billion$2.24 billionViewListenView Earnings Details
2/24/2015Q414$0.62$0.63$2.45 billion$2.35 billionViewListenView Earnings Details
10/21/2014Q314$0.48$0.47$2.37 billion$2.36 billionViewListenView Earnings Details
7/22/2014Q214$0.53$0.51$2.37 billion$2.35 billionViewListenView Earnings Details
4/22/2014Q114$0.41$0.38$2.16 billion$2.14 billionViewListenView Earnings Details
2/19/2014Q413$0.59$0.67$2.37 billion$2.32 billionViewListenView Earnings Details
10/21/2013Q313$0.50$0.50$2.29 billion$2.24 billionViewListenView Earnings Details
7/23/2013Q2 2013$0.52$0.50$2.28 billion$2.20 billionViewListenView Earnings Details
4/23/2013Q1 2013$0.42$0.41$2.08 billion$2.08 billionViewListenView Earnings Details
2/20/2013Q4 2012$0.50$0.52$2.33 billion$2.19 billionViewListenView Earnings Details
10/23/2012$0.40$0.40ViewN/AView Earnings Details
7/23/2012$0.41$0.43ViewN/AView Earnings Details
4/23/2012$0.33$0.33ViewN/AView Earnings Details
2/28/2012$0.38$0.43ViewN/AView Earnings Details
10/25/2011$0.31$0.33ViewN/AView Earnings Details
7/26/2011$0.35$0.37ViewN/AView Earnings Details
4/26/2011$0.25$0.27ViewN/AView Earnings Details
2/22/2011$0.26$0.30ViewN/AView Earnings Details
(Data available from 1/1/2011 forward)


Earnings Estimates for Sonic Automotive (NYSE:SAH)
2017 EPS Consensus Estimate: $2.06
2018 EPS Consensus Estimate: $2.26
QuarterNumber of EstimatesLow EstimateHigh EstimateAverage Estimate
Q1 20172$0.22$0.36$0.29
Q2 20172$0.49$0.50$0.50
Q3 20172$0.49$0.58$0.54
Q4 20172$0.74$0.74$0.74
Q1 20181$0.45$0.45$0.45
Q2 20181$0.52$0.52$0.52
Q3 20181$0.59$0.59$0.59
Q4 20181$0.70$0.70$0.70
(Data provided by Zacks Investment Research)


Current Dividend Information for Sonic Automotive (NYSE:SAH)
Most Recent Dividend:7/14/2017
Annual Dividend:$0.20
Dividend Yield:1.02%
Dividend Growth:35.70% (3 Year Average)
Payout Ratio:11.63% (Trailing 12 Months of Earnings)
10.00% (Based on This Year's Estimates)
9.43% (Based on Next Year's Estimates)
Dividend Payments by Quarter for Sonic Automotive (NYSE:SAH)

Dividend History by Quarter for Sonic Automotive (NYSE SAH)
AnnouncedPeriodAmountYieldEx-Dividend DateRecord DatePayable Date
(Data available from 1/1/2013 forward)

Insider Trades

Insider Trading and Institutional Ownership History for Sonic Automotive (NYSE:SAH)
Insider Ownership Percentage: 30.29%
Institutional Ownership Percentage: 63.83%
Insider Trades by Quarter for Sonic Automotive (NYSE:SAH)
Institutional Ownership by Quarter for Sonic Automotive (NYSE:SAH)
Insider Trades by Quarter for Sonic Automotive (NYSE:SAH)
Transaction DateInsider NameTitleBuy/SellNumber of SharesAverage Share PriceTotal TransactionDetails
5/3/2017O Bruton SmithInsiderBuy19,273$18.55$357,514.15View SEC Filing  
3/21/2017O Bruton SmithInsiderBuy100,000$20.14$2,014,000.00View SEC Filing  
3/20/2017R Eugene TaylorDirectorBuy5,000$20.51$102,550.00View SEC Filing  
8/24/2016O Bruton SmithInsiderBuy50,000$16.83$841,500.00View SEC Filing  
8/22/2016O Bruton SmithInsiderBuy50,000$16.74$837,000.00View SEC Filing  
3/9/2016Victor H DoolanDirectorSell3,500$19.48$68,180.00View SEC Filing  
11/3/2015Bryan Scott SmithCEOSell124,778$25.02$3,121,945.56View SEC Filing  
3/24/2015Bryan Scott SmithInsiderSell37,500$25.05$939,375.00View SEC Filing  
3/2/2015David Bruton SmithVice ChairmanSell8,000$25.03$200,240.00View SEC Filing  
12/5/2014Bryan Scott SmithInsiderSell37,500$27.00$1,012,500.00View SEC Filing  
8/6/2014O Bruton SmithCEOBuy10,000$24.20$242,000.00View SEC Filing  
8/1/2014O Bruton SmithCEOBuy10,000$24.10$241,000.00View SEC Filing  
6/4/2014Jeff DykeEVPSell20,000$27.00$540,000.00View SEC Filing  
3/4/2014David Bruton SmithChairmanSell10,000$24.17$241,700.00View SEC Filing  
5/14/2013Heath ByrdCFOSell2,774$23.52$65,244.48View SEC Filing  
5/10/2013William I BelkDirectorSell2,000$23.41$46,820.00View SEC Filing  
(Data available from 1/1/2013 forward)


Headline Trends for Sonic Automotive (NYSE:SAH)
Latest Headlines for Sonic Automotive (NYSE:SAH)
DateHeadline logoETFs with exposure to Sonic Automotive, Inc. : July 14, 2017 - July 15 at 8:18 AM logoSonic Automotive (SAH) versus Camping World Holdings (CWH) Financial Analysis - July 14 at 8:50 AM logoSonic Automotive, Inc. breached its 50 day moving average in a Bullish Manner : SAH-US : July 13, 2017 - July 14 at 8:04 AM logoComparing AutoZone (AZO) and Sonic Automotive (NYSE:SAH) - July 9 at 8:22 AM logoSonic Automotive, Inc. (SAH) Receives Consensus Rating of "Hold" from Brokerages - July 7 at 11:51 AM logo$2.44 Billion in Sales Expected for Sonic Automotive, Inc. (NYSE:SAH) This Quarter - July 1 at 10:12 AM logoSonic Automotive, Inc. Schedules Release Of 2017 Second Quarter Results - July 1 at 7:13 AM logoSonic Automotive, Inc. breached its 50 day moving average in a Bullish Manner : SAH-US : June 29, 2017 - June 30 at 6:28 AM logoSonic Automotive, Inc. (SAH) Expected to Announce Earnings of $0.48 Per Share - June 29 at 8:05 AM logoFinancial Survey: Sonic Automotive (SAH) vs. Monro Muffler Brake (MNRO) - June 22 at 2:14 PM logoSonic Automotive, Inc. breached its 50 day moving average in a Bearish Manner : SAH-US : June 19, 2017 - June 19 at 9:53 AM logoHead-To-Head Survey: Pep Boys - Manny Moe & Jack (PBY) & Sonic Automotive (SAH) - June 18 at 2:22 PM logoContrasting Asbury Automotive Group (ABG) & Sonic Automotive (SAH) - June 16 at 12:30 PM logoIs Sonic Automotive a Great Stock for Value Investors? - June 16 at 9:35 AM logoSonic Automotive, Inc. (SAH) Stock Rating Reaffirmed by Jefferies Group LLC - June 16 at 8:31 AM logoSonic Automotive, Inc. : SAH-US: Dividend Analysis : June 15th, 2017 (record date) : By the numbers : June 14, 2017 - June 15 at 12:20 AM logoSonic Automotive, Inc. (SAH) Receives Average Recommendation of "Hold" from Brokerages - June 12 at 9:06 AM logoSonic Automotive's (SAH) "Overweight" Rating Reaffirmed at Morgan Stanley - June 9 at 7:38 PM logo$2.44 Billion in Sales Expected for Sonic Automotive Inc (SAH) This Quarter - June 7 at 1:28 PM logoSonic Automotive, Inc. – Value Analysis (NYSE:SAH) : June 6, 2017 - June 6 at 10:01 PM logoSonic Automotive, Inc. breached its 50 day moving average in a Bearish Manner : SAH-US : June 5, 2017 - June 5 at 3:29 PM logo$0.49 EPS Expected for Sonic Automotive Inc (SAH) This Quarter - June 5 at 9:40 AM logoValuEngine Downgrades Sonic Automotive Inc (SAH) to Buy - June 3 at 11:32 AM logoSonic Automotive Inc (SAH) Lowered to "C+" at TheStreet - June 1 at 2:56 PM logoETFs with exposure to Sonic Automotive, Inc. : May 22, 2017 - May 22 at 6:44 PM logoSonic Automotive Inc (SAH) Receives Consensus Rating of "Hold" from Brokerages - May 16 at 9:46 AM logo Analysts Expect Sonic Automotive Inc (SAH) to Post $0.48 EPS - May 9 at 2:20 PM logoLumber co.'s inner-Loop site sold to Fortune 500 auto retailer - May 5 at 7:59 PM logoO Bruton Smith Buys 19,273 Shares of Sonic Automotive Inc (SAH) Stock - May 5 at 1:51 PM logoSonic Automotive (SAH) Receives Media Impact Score of 0.32 - May 4 at 2:52 PM logoSonic Automotive Inc (SAH) Stock Rating Reaffirmed by Jefferies Group LLC - May 3 at 7:14 PM logoETFs with exposure to Sonic Automotive, Inc. : May 2, 2017 - May 2 at 5:29 PM logoSonic Automotive, Inc. :SAH-US: Earnings Analysis: Q1, 2017 By the Numbers : May 1, 2017 - May 1 at 6:56 PM logoSonic Automotive (SAH) Receives Media Impact Rating of 0.56 - May 1 at 10:43 AM logoSonic Automotive Inc Forecasted to Post FY2017 Earnings of $2.04 Per Share (SAH) - April 28 at 3:46 PM logoSonic Automotive (SAH) Q1 Earnings in Line with Estimates - April 27 at 8:07 PM logoEdited Transcript of SAH earnings conference call or presentation 26-Apr-17 3:00pm GMT - April 27 at 8:07 PM logoSonic Automotive Inc (SAH) Releases Earnings Results, Meets Estimates - April 26 at 4:32 PM logoSonic Automotive Inc Reports 43% Decline In Q1 Earnings - April 26 at 3:57 PM logoSonic Automotive Inc (SAH) Plans $0.05 Quarterly Dividend - April 26 at 3:06 PM logoSonic Automotive, Inc. Reports First Quarter Results - April 26 at 9:30 AM logoSonic Automotive reports 1Q loss - April 26 at 9:30 AM logoSonic Automotive (SAH) Getting Somewhat Positive News Coverage, Analysis Shows - April 24 at 7:44 PM logoSonic Automotive Inc (SAH) Receives Average Rating of "Hold" from Brokerages - April 21 at 10:21 AM logoZacks: Analysts Anticipate Sonic Automotive Inc (SAH) Will Announce Quarterly Sales of $2.29 Billion - April 20 at 12:35 PM logo$0.26 EPS Expected for Sonic Automotive Inc (SAH) This Quarter - April 18 at 6:24 PM logoSomewhat Positive News Coverage Somewhat Unlikely to Impact Sonic Automotive (SAH) Stock Price - April 17 at 7:25 PM logoSonic Automotive, Inc. Schedules Release Of 2017 First Quarter Results - April 7 at 12:27 PM logoJefferies Group LLC Reaffirms "Neutral" Rating for Sonic Automotive Inc (SAH) - March 31 at 10:04 AM logoJefferies Group Analysts Reduce Earnings Estimates for Sonic Automotive Inc (SAH) - March 29 at 10:02 AM



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