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How to buy AutoNation stock | $126

Learn how to easily invest in AutoNation stock.

AutoNation Inc is an auto & truck dealerships business based in the US. AutoNation shares (AN) are listed on the NYSE and all prices are listed in US Dollars. AutoNation employs 21,600 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around 0.00.

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AutoNation stock price (NYSE: AN)

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AutoNation shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-10-16.
Latest market close$126.00
52-week range$56.07 - $129.65
50-day moving average $115.07
200-day moving average $106.24
Wall St. target price$139.50
PE ratio 10.3751
Dividend yield N/A (0%)
Earnings per share (TTM) $11.25

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AutoNation price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the close of $126 from 2021-10-21

1 week (2021-10-14) 8.58%
1 month (2021-09-20) 6.04%
3 months (2021-07-22) 8.20%
6 months (2021-04-22) 30.98%
1 year (2020-10-22) 102.25%
2 years (2019-10-22) 155.58%
3 years (2018-10-22) 224.91%
5 years (2016-10-21) 169.12%

Is AutoNation under- or over-valued?

Valuing AutoNation stock is incredibly difficult, and any metric has to be viewed as part of a bigger picture of AutoNation's overall performance. However, analysts commonly use some key metrics to help gauge the value of a stock.

AutoNation's P/E ratio

AutoNation's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 10x. In other words, AutoNation shares trade at around 10x recent earnings.

That's relatively low compared to, say, the trailing 12-month P/E ratio for the NASDAQ 100 at the end of 2019 (27.29). The low P/E ratio could mean that investors are pessimistic about the outlook for the shares or simply that they're under-valued.

AutoNation's PEG ratio

AutoNation's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 0.7362. A low ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer better value, while a higher ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer worse value.

The PEG ratio provides a broader view than just the P/E ratio, as it gives more insight into AutoNation's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

AutoNation's EBITDA

AutoNation's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is $1.7 billion.

The EBITDA is a measure of a AutoNation's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.

AutoNation financials

Revenue TTM $24.1 billion
Operating margin TTM 6.12%
Gross profit TTM $3.6 billion
Return on assets TTM 10.33%
Return on equity TTM 31.98%
Profit margin 3.98%
Book value $39.06
Market capitalisation $8.4 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting AutoNation shares

There are currently 5.1 million AutoNation shares held short by investors – that's known as AutoNation's "short interest". This figure is 12.3% down from 5.8 million last month.

There are a few different ways that this level of interest in shorting AutoNation shares can be evaluated.

AutoNation's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

AutoNation's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of AutoNation shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of AutoNation shares traded daily (recently around 1.4 million). AutoNation's SIR currently stands at 3.7. In other words for every 100,000 AutoNation shares traded daily on the market, roughly 3700 shares are currently held short.

However AutoNation's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of AutoNation shares, or, against the total number of tradable AutoNation shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case AutoNation's short interest could be expressed as 0.07% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 AutoNation shares in existence, roughly 70 shares are currently held short) or 0.115% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable AutoNation shares, roughly 115 shares are currently held short).

Such a low SIR usually points to an optimistic outlook for the share price, with fewer people currently willing to bet against AutoNation.

Find out more about how you can short AutoNation stock.

AutoNation share dividends

We're not expecting AutoNation to pay a dividend over the next 12 months.

Have AutoNation's shares ever split?

AutoNation's shares were split on a 2:1 basis on 9 June 1996. So if you had owned 1 share the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 2 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your AutoNation shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 50% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for AutoNation shares which in turn could have impacted AutoNation's share price.

AutoNation share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, AutoNation's shares have ranged in value from as little as $56.07 up to $129.65. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

AN.US volatility(beta: 1.51)Avg. volatility(beta: 1.00)LowHigh

Beta is a measure of a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (NYSE average) beta is 1, while AutoNation's is 1.5095. This would suggest that AutoNation's shares are more volatile than the average for this exchange and represent, relatively-speaking, a higher risk (but potentially also market-beating returns).

AutoNation overview

AutoNation, Inc. , through its subsidiaries, operates as an automotive retailer in the United States. The company operates through three segments: Domestic, Import, and Premium Luxury. It offers a range of automotive products and services, including new and used vehicles; and parts and services, such as automotive repair and maintenance, and wholesale parts and collision services. The company also provides automotive finance and insurance products comprising vehicle services and other protection products, as well as arranges finance for vehicle purchases through third-party finance sources. As of December 31, 2020, it owned and operated 315 new vehicle franchises from 230 stores located primarily in metropolitan markets in the Sunbelt region. The company also owned and operated 74 AutoNation-branded collision centers, 5 AutoNation USA used vehicle stores, 4 AutoNation-branded automotive auction operations, and 3 parts distribution centers.

Frequently asked questions

What percentage of AutoNation is owned by insiders or institutions?
Currently 23.175% of AutoNation shares are held by insiders and 80.225% by institutions.
How many people work for AutoNation?
Latest data suggests 21,600 work at AutoNation.
When does the fiscal year end for AutoNation?
AutoNation's fiscal year ends in December.
Where is AutoNation based?
AutoNation's address is: 200 SW 1st Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States, 33301
What is AutoNation's ISIN number?
AutoNation's international securities identification number is: US05329W1027
What is AutoNation's CUSIP number?
AutoNation's Committee on Uniform Securities Identification Procedures number is: 05329W102

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