Lithia Motors (NYSE:LAD) Posts Quarterly Earnings Results, Beats Expectations By $4.95 EPS

Lithia Motors (NYSE:LAD) announced its earnings results on Tuesday. The company reported $11.12 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $6.17 by $4.95, MarketWatch Earnings reports. The firm had revenue of $6.01 billion for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $5.08 billion. Lithia Motors had a net margin of 3.96% and a return on equity of 25.27%. The business’s revenue was up 117.8% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period in the prior year, the company earned $3.72 EPS.

Shares of NYSE:LAD traded up $7.16 during trading on Thursday, reaching $378.29. 13,561 shares of the company were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 488,693. The company has a market capitalization of $10.08 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 16.09, a PEG ratio of 0.71 and a beta of 1.80. The business’s fifty day simple moving average is $344.10. Lithia Motors has a 12-month low of $189.20 and a 12-month high of $417.98. The company has a quick ratio of 0.37, a current ratio of 1.26 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.76.

The business also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, August 27th. Stockholders of record on Friday, August 13th will be given a dividend of $0.35 per share. This represents a $1.40 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 0.37%. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, August 12th. Lithia Motors’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 7.70%.

Several brokerages have recently issued reports on LAD. Craig Hallum upped their target price on shares of Lithia Motors from $500.00 to $520.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research report on Thursday. Bank of America increased their price objective on shares of Lithia Motors from $460.00 to $467.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research report on Friday, July 16th. Guggenheim increased their price objective on shares of Lithia Motors from $462.00 to $465.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research report on Thursday, April 22nd. Morgan Stanley increased their price objective on shares of Lithia Motors from $310.00 to $320.00 and gave the stock an “underweight” rating in a research report on Friday, April 23rd. Finally, Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Lithia Motors from a “hold” rating to a “strong-buy” rating and set a $449.00 price objective on the stock in a research report on Monday, April 26th. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, four have assigned a hold rating, six have given a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the stock. The company has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $373.17.

About Lithia Motors

Lithia Motors, Inc operates as an automotive retailer in the United States. The company operates through three segments: Domestic, Import, and Luxury. It offers new and used vehicles; vehicle financing services; warranties, insurance contracts, and vehicle and theft protection services; and automotive repair and maintenance services, as well as sells vehicle body and parts.

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