Autonation Earnings Preview: Get Ahead of the Analysts

Autonation (NYSE:AN) will report earnings before markets open on Thursday, July 18th. AutoNation, Inc. retails, finances, and services new and used vehicles. The Company also provides other related services and products, such as the sale of parts and accessories, extended service contracts, aftermarket automotive products, and collision repair services. AutoNation operates throughout the United States.

Here is your Cheat Sheet to Autonation Earnings:

Earnings Expectations: Analysts expect earnings of $0.73 per share on revenues of $4.33 billion. Currently, the company’s P/E ratio stands at 17.61.

Analyst Trends:

Analysts have a more positive outlook for the company’s next-quarter performance. Over the past three months, the average estimate for next quarter’s earnings has risen from a profit of $0.75 to a profit $0.76. For the current year, the average estimate is a profit of $2.94, which is better than the estimate ninety days ago.

Earnings Trends:

Here’s how Autonation has been performing on an annual basis:

Fiscal Year 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
Revenue ($) in millions 14,132 10,758 12,461 13,832 15,669
Diluted EPS ($) -6.99 1.12 1.43 1.91 2.52

Next, our CHEAT SHEET investing framework asks us to drill down to the recent quarterly data:

Quarter Jun. 30, 2012 Sep. 30, 2012 Dec. 31, 2012 Mar. 31, 2013
Revenue ($) in millions 3,904.50 3,933.80 4,173.50 4,096.40
Diluted EPS ($) 0.64 0.66 0.67 0.67

Past Performance:
Autonation has beat analyst estimates 3 times in the past four quarters. Shareholders could expect a boost if the company beats estimates.

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