AutoNation Inc

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AN : NYSE : Services
$42.0 | %
Today's Range: 41.93 - 43.8305
Avg. Daily Volume: 1290300.0
04/28/17 - 4:02 PM ET

Financial Analysis


AUTONATION INC's gross profit margin for the first quarter of its fiscal year 2017 is essentially unchanged when compared to the same period a year ago. The company has grown sales and net income during the past quarter when compared with the same quarter a year ago, however, it was unable to keep up with the growth of the average competitor within its industry. AUTONATION INC has very weak liquidity. Currently, the Quick Ratio is 0.15 which clearly shows a lack of ability to cover short-term cash needs. The company's liquidity has increased from the same period last year.

During the same period, stockholders' equity ("net worth") has increased by 16.43% from the same quarter last year. The key liquidity measurements indicate that the company is in a position in which financial difficulties could develop in the near future.

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Income Statement Q1 FY17 Q1 FY16
Net Sales ($mil)5139.45119.6
EBITDA ($mil)224.5243.2
EBIT ($mil)187.2208.4
Net Income ($mil)98.195.9


Balance Sheet Q1 FY17 Q1 FY16
Cash & Equiv. ($mil)56.347.8
Total Assets ($mil)10092.79997.6
Total Debt ($mil)6414.76719.9
Equity ($mil)2434.22090.6


Profitability Q1 FY17 Q1 FY16
Gross Profit Margin15.9516.13
EBITDA Margin4.364.75
Operating Margin3.644.07
Sales Turnover2.142.1
Return on Assets4.284.27
Return on Equity17.8120.48
Debt Q1 FY17 Q1 FY16
Current Ratio0.820.83
Debt/Capital0.720.76
Interest Expense50.347.2
Interest Coverage3.724.42


Share Data Q1 FY17 Q1 FY16
Shares outstanding (mil)101.29103.1
Div / share0.00.0
EPS0.970.9
Book value / share24.0320.28
Institutional Own % n/a n/a
Avg Daily Volume1272521.01005097.0

Valuation


HOLD. AUTONATION INC's P/E ratio indicates a significant discount compared to an average of 23.71 for the Specialty Retail industry and a significant discount compared to the S&P 500 average of 25.26. To use another comparison, its price-to-book ratio of 1.83 indicates a discount versus the S&P 500 average of 3.03 and a significant discount versus the industry average of 19.20. The price-to-sales ratio is well below both the S&P 500 average and the industry average, indicating a discount. Upon assessment of these and other key valuation criteria, AUTONATION INC proves to trade at a discount to investment alternatives within the industry.


Price/Earnings
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  Price/Cash Flow
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AN 10.34 Peers 23.71   AN 8.71 Peers 14.63

Discount. A lower P/E ratio than its peers can signify a less expensive stock or lower growth expectations.

AN is trading at a significant discount to its peers.

 

Discount. The P/CF ratio, a stock’s price divided by the company's cash flow from operations, is useful for comparing companies with different capital requirements or financing structures.

AN is trading at a significant discount to its peers.

 
Price/Projected
Earnings
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  Price to
Earnings/Growth
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AN 9.88 Peers 19.32   AN NM Peers 1.83

Discount. A lower price-to-projected earnings ratio than its peers can signify a less expensive stock or lower future growth expectations.

AN is trading at a significant discount to its peers.

 

Neutral. The PEG ratio is the stock’s P/E divided by the consensus estimate of long-term earnings growth. Faster growth can justify higher price multiples.

AN's negative PEG ratio makes this valuation measure meaningless.

 
Price/Book
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  Earnings Growth
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AN 1.83 Peers 19.20   AN 10.99 Peers 40.30

Discount. A lower price-to-book ratio makes a stock more attractive to investors seeking stocks with lower market values per dollar of equity on the balance sheet.

AN is trading at a significant discount to its peers.

 

Lower. Elevated earnings growth rates can lead to capital appreciation and justify higher price-to-earnings ratios.

However, AN is expected to significantly trail its peers on the basis of its earnings growth rate.

 
Price/Sales
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  Sales Growth
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AN 0.21 Peers 1.54   AN 2.81 Peers 7.23

Discount. In the absence of P/E and P/B multiples, the price-to-sales ratio can display the value investors are placing on each dollar of sales.

AN is trading at a significant discount to its industry on this measurement.

 

Lower. A sales growth rate that trails the industry implies that a company is losing market share.

AN significantly trails its peers on the basis of sales growth

 

 

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