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How to buy Sonic Automotive stock | $52.13

Learn how to easily invest in Sonic Automotive stock.

Sonic Automotive Inc is an auto & truck dealerships business based in the US. Sonic Automotive shares (SAH) are listed on the NYSE and all prices are listed in US Dollars. Sonic Automotive employs 8,100 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around 0.00.

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Sonic Automotive stock price (NYSE: SAH)

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Sonic Automotive shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-10-16.
Latest market close$52.13
52-week range$33.74 - $58.00
50-day moving average $52.81
200-day moving average $49.97
Wall St. target price$71.86
PE ratio 7.8215
Dividend yield $0.42 (0.8%)
Earnings per share (TTM) $6.67

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Sonic Automotive price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the close of $52.13 from 2021-10-15

1 week (2021-10-08) -3.84%
1 month (2021-09-13) N/A
3 months (2021-07-16) 11.91%
6 months (2021-04-16) 3.25%
1 year (2020-10-16) 31.71%
2 years (2019-10-16) 77.80%
3 years (2018-10-16) 186.59%
5 years (2016-10-14) 175.53%

Is Sonic Automotive under- or over-valued?

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

Sonic Automotive's P/E ratio

Sonic Automotive's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 8x. In other words, Sonic Automotive shares trade at around 8x 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.

Sonic Automotive's PEG ratio

Sonic Automotive's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 0.1991. 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 Sonic Automotive's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

Sonic Automotive's EBITDA

Sonic Automotive's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is $546.2 million.

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

Sonic Automotive financials

Revenue TTM $11.5 billion
Operating margin TTM 3.98%
Gross profit TTM $1.4 billion
Return on assets TTM 7.87%
Return on equity TTM 33.73%
Profit margin 2.48%
Book value $22.69
Market capitalisation $2.2 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting Sonic Automotive shares

There are currently 3.9 million Sonic Automotive shares held short by investors – that's known as Sonic Automotive's "short interest". This figure is 10% up from 3.6 million last month.

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

Sonic Automotive's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

Sonic Automotive's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of Sonic Automotive shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of Sonic Automotive shares traded daily (recently around 375994.15708812). Sonic Automotive's SIR currently stands at 10.44. In other words for every 100,000 Sonic Automotive shares traded daily on the market, roughly 10440 shares are currently held short.

However Sonic Automotive's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of Sonic Automotive shares, or, against the total number of tradable Sonic Automotive shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case Sonic Automotive's short interest could be expressed as 0.09% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 Sonic Automotive shares in existence, roughly 90 shares are currently held short) or 0.186% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Sonic Automotive shares, roughly 186 shares are currently held short).

A SIR above 10% would generally be considered pretty high, pointing to a potentially pessimistic outlook for the share price and a discouraging interest in betting against Sonic Automotive.

Find out more about how you can short Sonic Automotive stock.

Sonic Automotive share dividends


Dividend payout ratio: 6.62% of net profits

Recently Sonic Automotive has paid out, on average, around 6.62% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 0.92% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Sonic Automotive shareholders could enjoy a 0.92% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Sonic Automotive's case, that would currently equate to about $0.42 per share.

While Sonic Automotive's payout ratio might seem low, this can signify that Sonic Automotive is investing more in its future growth.

Sonic Automotive's most recent dividend payout was on 14 October 2021. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 13 September 2021 (the "ex-dividend date").

Have Sonic Automotive's shares ever split?

Sonic Automotive's shares were split on a 2:1 basis on 25 January 1999. 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 Sonic Automotive shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 50% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for Sonic Automotive shares which in turn could have impacted Sonic Automotive's share price.

Sonic Automotive share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Sonic Automotive's shares have ranged in value from as little as $33.7367 up to $58. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

SAH.US volatility(beta: 2.49)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 Sonic Automotive's is 2.4884. This would suggest that Sonic Automotive's shares are significantly more volatile than the average for this exchange and represent a higher risk.

Sonic Automotive overview

Sonic Automotive, Inc. operates as an automotive retailer in the United States. It operates in two segments, Franchised Dealerships and EchoPark. The Franchised Dealerships segment is involved in the sale of new and used cars and light trucks, and replacement parts; provision of vehicle maintenance, manufacturer warranty repair, and paint and collision repair services; and arrangement of extended warranties, service contracts, financing, insurance, and other aftermarket products. The EchoPark segment sells used cars and light trucks; and arranges finance and insurance product sales in pre-owned vehicle specialty retail locations. As of December 31, 2020, the company operated 96 new vehicle franchises representing 21 brands of cars and light trucks; 14 collision repair centers in 12 states; and 16 EchoPark stores. It also operates EchoPark.

Frequently asked questions

What percentage of Sonic Automotive is owned by insiders or institutions?
Currently 25.718% of Sonic Automotive shares are held by insiders and 81.146% by institutions.
How many people work for Sonic Automotive?
Latest data suggests 8,100 work at Sonic Automotive.
When does the fiscal year end for Sonic Automotive?
Sonic Automotive's fiscal year ends in December.
Where is Sonic Automotive based?
Sonic Automotive's address is: 4401 Colwick Road, Charlotte, NC, United States, 28211
What is Sonic Automotive's ISIN number?
Sonic Automotive's international securities identification number is: US83545G1022
What is Sonic Automotive's CUSIP number?
Sonic Automotive's Committee on Uniform Securities Identification Procedures number is: 83545G102

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