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
  • Sub-Industry: Automotive Retail
  • Symbol: NYSE:SAH
  • CUSIP: 83545G10
  • Web:
  • Market Cap: $905.73 million
  • Outstanding Shares: 43,861,000
Average Prices:
  • 50 Day Moving Avg: $19.32
  • 200 Day Moving Avg: $18.84
  • 52 Week Range: $15.95 - $27.45
  • Trailing P/E Ratio: 13.83
  • Foreward P/E Ratio: 10.43
  • P/E Growth: 22.92
Sales & Book Value:
  • Annual Revenue: $9.81 billion
  • Price / Sales: 0.09
  • Book Value: $16.26 per share
  • Price / Book: 1.27
  • Annual Dividend: $0.20
  • Dividend Yield: 1.0%
  • EBITDA: $296.18 million
  • Net Margins: 0.69%
  • Return on Equity: 11.14%
  • Return on Assets: 2.21%
  • Debt-to-Equity Ratio: 1.24%
  • Current Ratio: 1.03%
  • Quick Ratio: 0.18%
  • Average Volume: 274,683 shs.
  • Beta: 1.51
  • Short Ratio: 14.95

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 announced a quarterly dividend on Friday, July 28th. Investors of record on Friday, September 15th will be given a dividend of $0.05 per share on Friday, October 13th. This represents a $0.20 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 0.97%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, September 14th. View Sonic Automotive's Dividend History.

How were Sonic Automotive's earnings last quarter?

Sonic Automotive, Inc. (NYSE:SAH) posted its earnings results on Friday, July, 28th. The company reported $0.40 EPS for the quarter, missing the Thomson Reuters' consensus estimate of $0.46 by $0.06. The firm earned $2.41 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts' expectations of $2.44 billion. Sonic Automotive had a net margin of 0.69% and a return on equity of 11.14%. Sonic Automotive's quarterly revenue was up 1.0% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period last year, the business earned $0.50 earnings per share. 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 Tuesday, October, 24th 2017. View Earnings Estimates for Sonic Automotive.

What guidance has Sonic Automotive issued on next quarter's earnings?

Sonic Automotive issued an update on its FY17 earnings guidance on Wednesday, October, 11th. The company provided earnings per share guidance of $1.85-1.95 for the period, compared to the Thomson Reuters consensus estimate of $1.84. Sonic Automotive also updated its Q3 guidance to $0.39-0.41 EPS.

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

5 analysts have issued 12 month price objectives for Sonic Automotive's shares. Their predictions range from $22.00 to $26.00. On average, they anticipate Sonic Automotive's share 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. According to Zacks Investment Research, "Sonic Automotive is expanding its network of stores to boost sales. Also, the company actively pursues capital deployment strategies to boost shareholder value. The company plans to offset dilution caused by equity compensation awards through regular share repurchase programs. It is expected that over the long term, the company has the ability to enhance service capacity and raise revenues. However, the company has lowered down its 2017 estimates for new vehicle seasonally adjusted annual rate of sales, which is in the range of 16.5 million and 17 million vehicles, down from the previous expectation of 17 million to 17.5 million. This will have an adverse impact on the results of the company. Moreover, weakness in the Houston market, where Sonic Automotive has considerable exposure, is also likely to adversely impact its sales and profit." (10/17/2017)
  • 2. 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)

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

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 $20.65.

MarketBeat Community Rating for Sonic Automotive (NYSE SAH)
Community Ranking:  1.4 out of 5 (star)
Outperform Votes:  68 (Vote Outperform)
Underperform Votes:  175 (Vote Underperform)
Total Votes:  243
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: 4 Hold Ratings, 1 Buy Rating
Consensus Rating:Hold (Score: 2.20)
Consensus Price Target: $23.67 (14.61% upside)
Consensus Price Target History for Sonic Automotive (NYSE:SAH)
Price Target History for Sonic Automotive (NYSE:SAH)
Analysts' Ratings History for Sonic Automotive (NYSE:SAH)
DateFirmActionRatingPrice TargetImpact on Share PriceDetails
9/1/2017KeyCorpReiterated RatingHoldHighView Rating Details
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
(Data available from 10/18/2015 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
10/30/2017$0.56N/AView Earnings Details
7/28/2017Q2 2017$0.46$0.40$2.44 billion$2.41 billionViewN/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: $2.07
2018 EPS Consensus Estimate: $2.09
QuarterNumber of EstimatesLow EstimateHigh EstimateAverage Estimate
Q1 20172$0.22$0.36$0.29
Q2 20172$0.49$0.50$0.50
Q3 20172$0.55$0.56$0.56
Q4 20172$0.72$0.74$0.73
Q1 20181$0.40$0.40$0.40
Q2 20181$0.47$0.47$0.47
Q3 20181$0.55$0.55$0.55
Q4 20181$0.67$0.67$0.67
(Data provided by Zacks Investment Research)


Current Dividend Information for Sonic Automotive (NYSE:SAH)
Most Recent Dividend:10/13/2017
Annual Dividend:$0.20
Dividend Yield:0.97%
Dividend Growth:35.70% (3 Year Average)
Payout Ratio:13.42% (Trailing 12 Months of Earnings)
10.81% (Based on This Year's Estimates)
10.10% (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: 63.74%
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 logoSonic Automotive, Inc. (SAH) Upgraded by Zacks Investment Research to "Hold" - October 17 at 12:58 PM logoSonic Automotive, Inc. (SAH) Receives Consensus Recommendation of "Hold" from Brokerages - October 15 at 4:46 AM logoHarvey and Irma to deal blow to Sonic’s Q3 earnings - October 12 at 3:47 PM logoSonic Automotive Reaches Analyst Target Price - October 12 at 9:14 AM logoSonic Automotive, Inc. -- Hurricane And Earnings Update - October 12 at 9:14 AM logoSonic Automotive, Inc. (SAH) Releases FY17 Earnings Guidance - October 11 at 5:04 PM logoSonic Automotive, Inc. (SAH) Releases Q3 Earnings Guidance - October 11 at 5:04 PM logoSonic Automotive, Inc. (SAH) Expected to Announce Quarterly Sales of $2.56 Billion - October 9 at 4:54 PM logo$0.55 EPS Expected for Sonic Automotive, Inc. (SAH) This Quarter - October 7 at 4:16 AM logoSonic Automotive, Inc. : SAH-US: Dividend Analysis : September 15th, 2017 (record date) : By the numbers : October 3, 2017 - October 3 at 11:58 AM logoSonic Automotive, Inc. Schedules Release Of 2017 Third Quarter Results - October 2 at 9:44 AM logoWhy Sonic Automotive Inc (SAH) Could Be A Buy - September 22 at 11:29 PM logo$2.56 Billion in Sales Expected for Sonic Automotive, Inc. (SAH) This Quarter - September 20 at 9:24 AM logoSonic Automotive, Inc. (SAH) Receives Average Recommendation of "Hold" from Analysts - September 20 at 4:44 AM logoSonic Automotive, Inc. breached its 50 day moving average in a Bullish Manner : SAH-US : September 1, 2017 - September 2 at 8:19 AM logoSonic Automotive, Inc. (SAH) Receives Hold Rating from KeyCorp - September 1 at 6:30 PM logoWhy Is Sonic Automotive (SAH) Down 14.7% Since the Last Earnings Report? - August 31 at 9:40 AM logoNew Strong Sell Stocks for August 18 (Revised) - August 23 at 11:14 AM logoETFs with exposure to Sonic Automotive, Inc. : August 15, 2017 - August 15 at 8:36 PM logoSee what the IHS Markit Score report has to say about Sonic Automotive Inc. - August 13 at 6:07 AM logoIHS Markit Score downgrades Sonic Automotive Inc to 22 out of 100, ranking negatively in two out of three available IHS Markit categories. - August 11 at 8:16 AM logoSonic Automotive, Inc. :SAH-US: Earnings Analysis: Q2, 2017 By the Numbers : August 1, 2017 - August 2 at 7:23 AM logoSonic Automotive Inc (NYSE:SAH) Receives Average Recommendation of "Hold" from Brokerages - August 1 at 8:05 AM logoQ3 2017 EPS Estimates for Sonic Automotive, Inc. Lowered by Analyst (NYSE:SAH) - August 1 at 7:41 AM logoKeyCorp Comments on Sonic Automotive, Inc.'s Q3 2017 Earnings (SAH) - August 1 at 7:40 AM logoSonic Automotive, Inc. (NYSE:SAH) Posts Quarterly Earnings Results, Misses Expectations By $0.06 EPS - July 29 at 6:47 PM logoSonic Automotive Inc Bottom Line Retreats 24% In Q2 - July 29 at 6:57 AM logoSonic Automotive (SAH) Q2 2017 Results - Earnings Call Transcript - July 29 at 6:57 AM logoInvestor Network: Sonic Automotive, Inc. to Host Earnings Call - July 29 at 6:57 AM logoEdited Transcript of SAH earnings conference call or presentation 28-Jul-17 3:00pm GMT - July 29 at 6:57 AM logoSonic Automotive misses 2Q profit forecasts - July 29 at 6:57 AM logoSonic Automotive, Inc. (NYSE:SAH) Announces $0.05 Quarterly Dividend - July 28 at 11:58 AM logoSonic Automotive, Inc. (NYSE:SAH) Releases FY17 Earnings Guidance - July 28 at 9:31 AM logoSonic Automotive, Inc. breached its 50 day moving average in a Bearish Manner : SAH-US : July 27, 2017 - July 28 at 7:36 AM logoSonic Automotive, Inc. Reports Second Quarter Results and EchoPark® Expansion - July 28 at 7:36 AM logoSonic Automotive, Inc. – Value Analysis (NYSE:SAH) : July 26, 2017 - July 27 at 7:06 AM logo Analysts Expect Sonic Automotive, Inc. (SAH) Will Post Earnings of $0.48 Per Share - July 25 at 9:21 AM logoETFs with exposure to Sonic Automotive, Inc. : July 24, 2017 - July 25 at 6:27 AM logoPenske Automotive Group (PAG) and Sonic Automotive (SAH) Financial Analysis - July 23 at 7:25 AM logoSonic Automotive, Inc. (SAH) Set to Announce Earnings on Friday - July 21 at 7:08 AM 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 Reports 43% Decline In Q1 Earnings - April 26 at 3:57 PM logoSONIC AUTOMOTIVE INC Files SEC form 8-K, Entry into a Material Definitive Agreement, Creation of a Direct Financial O - March 14 at 7:09 PM logoSonic Automotive (SAH) Offers Senior Notes Worth $250M - March 8 at 8:33 AM



Sonic Automotive (SAH) Chart for Wednesday, October, 18, 2017

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