The 10-second takeaway
Comparing the upcoming quarter to the prior-year quarter, average analyst estimates predict AutoNation's revenues will expand 11.1% and EPS will grow 10.6%.
The average estimate for revenue is $4.34 billion. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.73.
Last quarter, AutoNation logged revenue of $4.10 billion. GAAP reported sales were 12% higher than the prior-year quarter's $3.66 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 $0.68. GAAP EPS of $0.68 for Q1 were 21% higher than the prior-year quarter's $0.56 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 16.2%, 30 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 4.3%, 20 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 2.0%, much about the same as the prior-year quarter.
The full year's average estimate for revenue is $17.33 billion. The average EPS estimate is $2.94.
The stock has a two-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 173 members out of 237 rating the stock outperform, and 64 members rating it underperform. Among 76 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 62 give AutoNation a green thumbs-up, and 14 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 $45.09.
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