The 10-second takeaway
Comparing the upcoming quarter to the prior-year quarter, average analyst estimates predict AutoNation's revenues will grow 11.1% and EPS will improve 18.4%.
The average estimate for revenue is $3.71 billion. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.58.
Last quarter, AutoNation booked revenue of $3.66 billion. GAAP reported sales were 10% higher than the prior-year quarter's $3.31 billion.
Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Dollar amounts in millions. Non-GAAP figures may vary to maintain comparability with estimates.
Last quarter, EPS came in at $0.56. GAAP EPS of $0.56 for Q1 were 24% higher than the prior-year quarter's $0.45 per share.
Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Non-GAAP figures may vary to maintain comparability with estimates.
For the preceding quarter, gross margin was 16.5%, 60 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 4.1%, 10 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 2.0%, 10 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter.
The full year's average estimate for revenue is $15.02 billion. The average EPS estimate is $2.33.
The stock has a two-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 168 members out of 234 rating the stock outperform, and 66 members rating it underperform. Among 72 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 54 give AutoNation a green thumbs-up, and 18 give it a red thumbs-down.
Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on AutoNation is hold, with an average price target of $34.70.
If you're invested in retailers like AutoNation, you should check out the concept that is The Motley Fool's top stock for 2012. Its founder wrote the book on big-box retailing, and it's growing in increasingly important international markets. Click here for instant access to this free report.
- Add AutoNation to My Watchlist.
Seth Jayson had no position in any company mentioned here at the time of publication. You can view his stock holdings here. He is co-advisor of Motley Fool Hidden Gems, which provides new small-cap ideas every month, backed by a real-money portfolio. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days. We Fools may not all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.