Asbury Automotive Group Earnings: Here’s Why Shares are Up Now

Asbury Automotive Group, Inc. (NYSE:ABG) delivered a profit and beat Wall Street’s expectations, AND beat the revenue expectation. The revenue beat is a positive sign to shareholders seeking high growth out of the company. Shares are up 0.17%.

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Asbury Automotive Group, Inc. Earnings Cheat Sheet

Results: Adjusted Earnings Per Share increased 33.33% to $0.72 in the quarter versus EPS of $0.54 in the year-earlier quarter.

Revenue: Rose 11.89% to $1.22 billion from the year-earlier quarter.

Actual vs. Wall St. Expectations: Asbury Automotive Group, Inc. reported adjusted EPS income of $0.72 per share. By that measure, the company beat the mean analyst estimate of $0.65. It beat the average revenue estimate of $1.18 billion.

Quoting Management:“We are pleased to announce record fourth quarter and full year results,” said Craig Monaghan, Asbury’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “These results demonstrate the benefits of the operating leverage we have built into our business model, which we expect will continue yielding strong results as North American automotive sales continue to recover. We expect the recovery of automotive sales to continue in 2013 due to the increasing average age of vehicles in the U.S., extremely attractive financing rates, and the availability of exciting new products.”

Key Stats (on next page)…

Revenue increased 1.76% from $1.2 billion in the previous quarter. EPS was the same at $0.72 as the previous quarter.

Looking Forward: Analysts have a neutral outlook for the company’s next-quarter performance. Over the past three months, the average estimate for next quarter’s earnings is a profit of $0.64 and has not changed. For the current year, the average estimate has moved up from a profit of $2.62 to a profit of $2.63 over the last ninety days.

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(Company fundamentals provided by Xignite Financials. Email any earnings discrepancies to earnings [at] wallstcheatsheet.com)