Sonic Automotive (SAH)

Sonic Automotive, Inc., a Fortune 500 company based in Charlotte, North Carolina, is one of the nation's largest automotive retailers.

Company profile

David Smith
Fiscal year end
AnTrev, LLC • Arngar, Inc. • Autobahn, Inc. • Avalon Ford, Inc. • Car Cash of North Carolina, Inc. • Cornerstone Acceptance Corporation • EP: AM Realty GA, LLC • EP: EchoPark AL, LLC • EP: EchoPark Automotive, Inc. • EP: EchoPark AZ, LLC ...
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SAH stock data

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28 Apr 22
2 Jul 22
31 Dec 22
Quarter (USD) Mar 22 Dec 21 Sep 21 Jun 21
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Annual (USD) Dec 21 Dec 20 Dec 19 Dec 18
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Date Owner Security Transaction Code Indirect 10b5-1 $Price #Shares $Value #Remaining
28 Apr 22 Brooks William R Class A Common Stock Grant Acquire A No No 0 3,373 0 103,316
28 Apr 22 Michael Edward Hodge Class A Common Stock Grant Acquire A No No 0 3,373 0 3,373
28 Apr 22 Taylor R Eugene Class A Common Stock Grant Acquire A No No 0 3,373 0 49,709
28 Apr 22 Keri A Kaiser Class A Common Stock Grant Acquire A No No 0 3,373 0 10,160
28 Apr 22 Belk William I Class A Common Stock Grant Acquire A No No 0 3,373 0 92,951
83.4% owned by funds/institutions
13F holders Current Prev Q Change
Total holders 200 216 -7.4%
Opened positions 21 39 -46.2%
Closed positions 37 32 +15.6%
Increased positions 68 61 +11.5%
Reduced positions 79 80 -1.3%
13F shares Current Prev Q Change
Total value 977.24M 1.55B -37.0%
Total shares 22.97M 23.76M -3.3%
Total puts 0 166.2K EXIT
Total calls 22.7K 61.1K -62.8%
Total put/call ratio 2.7
Largest owners Shares Value Change
BLK Blackrock 4.12M $175.08M -1.8%
Vanguard 2.31M $98.28M +1.5%
Dimensional Fund Advisors 1.83M $77.97M -0.7%
WHG Westwood 1.33M $56.72M -19.1%
STT State Street 850.11K $36.35M -4.0%
Hotchkis & Wiley Capital Management 794.66K $33.78M +64.5%
LSV Asset Management 680.8K $28.94M -10.5%
MCQEF Macquarie 607.17K $25.81M +7.1%
Teewinot Capital Advisers, L.L.C. 575.33K $24.46M 0.0%
EVR Research 470K $19.98M -21.7%
Largest transactions Shares Bought/sold Change
WHG Westwood 1.33M -315.07K -19.1%
Hotchkis & Wiley Capital Management 794.66K +311.69K +64.5%
Intrinsic Edge Capital Management 155.26K -252.28K -61.9%
Balyasny Asset Management 219.29K +219.29K NEW
Assenagon Asset Management 0 -142.41K EXIT
EVR Research 470K -130K -21.7%
Knightsbridge Asset Management 115.12K +115.12K NEW
Two Sigma Investments 0 -104.07K EXIT
Pacer Advisors 347.08K +103.81K +42.7%
Heartland Advisors 0 -102.68K EXIT

Financial report summary

  • Our investment in new business strategies, services and technologies is inherently risky, and could disrupt our ongoing business or have a material adverse effect on our overall business and results of operations.
  • Our ability to make acquisitions, execute our growth strategy for our EchoPark business and grow organically may be restricted by our ability to obtain capital, the terms of the instruments governing our long-term debt and the need to obtain consent from manufacturers.
  • We may not adequately anticipate all of the demands that growth through strategic acquisitions or brand development will impose or be able to determine the actual financial condition of dealerships we acquire until after we complete the acquisition and take control of the dealerships. Failure to effectively integrate acquired businesses with our existing operations could adversely affect our future operating results.
  • Our business could be adversely affected by the effects of pandemics like the COVID-19 pandemic and other natural disasters.
  • Our facilities and operations are subject to extensive governmental laws and regulations. If we are found to be in violation of, or subject to liabilities under, any of these laws or regulations or if new laws or regulations are enacted that adversely affect our operations, then our business, operating results, financial condition, cash flows and prospects could suffer.
  • Increasing competition among automotive retailers and the use of the internet reduces our profit margins on vehicle sales and related businesses.
  • Challenges to the business model of our franchised dealerships from manufacturers and the effect of companies entering into the automotive space may affect our ability to grow or maintain the business over the long term.
  • Our dealers depend upon new vehicle sales and, therefore, their success depends in large part upon consumer demand for and manufacturer supply of particular vehicles.
  • Our business is dependent upon access to quality sources of used vehicle inventory. Our business sales and results of operations could be materially adversely affected by obstacles that prevent the efficient acquisition and liquidation of used vehicle inventory.
  • A decline of available financing or rising financing costs in the consumer automotive lending market may adversely affect our vehicle unit sales volume.
  • Our business may be adversely affected by import product restrictions and foreign trade risks that may impair our ability to sell foreign vehicles profitably.
  • Changes in customer demand towards fuel efficient vehicles and electric vehicles, and resulting shifts by manufacturers to meet demand, could disrupt our ongoing business or have a material adverse effect on our overall business and results of operations.
  • Our operations may be adversely affected if one or more of our manufacturer franchise or dealer agreements is terminated or not renewed.
  • Our failure to meet a manufacturer’s customer satisfaction, financial and sales performance or facility requirements may adversely affect our profitability and our ability to acquire new dealerships.
  • If state dealer laws are repealed or weakened, our dealerships will be more susceptible to termination, non-renewal or renegotiation of their franchise and dealer agreements.
  • Our sales volume and profit margin on each sale may be materially adversely affected if manufacturers reduce or discontinue their incentive programs.
  • Our sales volume may be materially adversely affected if manufacturer captives change their customer financing programs or are unable to provide floor plan financing.
  • Our parts and service sales volume and margins are dependent on manufacturer warranty programs.
  • Adverse conditions affecting one or more key manufacturers or lenders may negatively impact our results of operations.
  • Manufacturer stock ownership restrictions may impair our ability to maintain or renew franchise or dealer agreements or to issue additional equity.
  • Our significant indebtedness could materially adversely affect our financial health, limit our ability to finance future acquisitions, expansion plans and capital expenditures and prevent us from fulfilling our financial obligations.
  • We may not have sufficient funds to meet our obligation to repay all or a substantial portion of the outstanding principal amount of our indebtedness when it becomes due.
  • Our ability to make interest and principal payments when due to holders of our debt securities depends upon our future performance and our receipt of sufficient funds from our subsidiaries.
  • Our use of hedging transactions could limit our financial gains or result in financial losses.
  • Reforms to and uncertainty regarding LIBOR may adversely affect our business, financial condition and results of operations.
  • Potential conflicts of interest between us and our officers or directors could adversely affect our future performance.
  • Our business will be harmed if overall consumer demand suffers from a severe or sustained downturn.
  • The outcome of legal and administrative proceedings we are or may become involved in could have a material adverse effect on our business, financial condition, results of operations, cash flows or prospects.
  • Climate change legislation or regulations restricting emission of greenhouse gases could result in increased operating costs and reduced demand for the vehicles we sell.
  • Employee attrition, the loss of key personnel and limited management and personnel resources could adversely affect our operations and growth.
  • Natural disasters, adverse weather and other events can disrupt our business.
  • Security breaches and other disruptions could compromise our information and expose us to liability, which would cause our business and reputation to suffer.
  • We may be subject to substantial withdrawal liability assessments in the future related to a multiemployer pension plan to which certain of our dealerships make contributions pursuant to collective bargaining agreements.
  • Tax positions may exist related to our tax filings that could be challenged by governmental agencies and result in higher income tax expenses and affect our overall liquidity if we are unable to successfully defend these tax positions.
  • Impairment of our goodwill or other intangible assets could have a material adverse impact on our earnings.

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