AutoNation Q2 Result Smashes Estimates; Announces $1B Share Buyback

Automotive retailer AutoNation Inc. (AN) reported second-quarter FY21 sales growth of 54% year-on-year to $6.98 billion, beating the analyst consensus of $6.02 billion.

Same-store new vehicle retail unit sales increased 42% Y/Y while used vehicle retail unit sales rose 37% Y/Y.

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Domestic segment income rose 106% Y/Y, import segment sales grew 131% Y/Y, and premium luxury segment sales rose 153% Y/Y.

Gross profit improved 68% Y/Y to $1.3 billion, and the gross profit margin gained 150 basis points Y/Y to 19%.

Selling, general and administrative (SG&A) expenses were 56.5% of gross profit.

The operating margin for the quarter was 7.6%, and operating income was $530.2 million.

The adjusted net income from continuing operations was $384.9 million in the quarter.

EPS from continuing operations of $4.83 beat the analyst consensus of $2.58.

Cash and equivalents totaled $59.5 million as of June 30, 2021.

AutoNation announced that its Board of Directors had authorized the repurchase of up to an additional $1 billion of stock.

Looking ahead into 2022, it expects demand to outpace supply for new vehicles due to consumers' preference for personal transportation coupled with lower interest rates.

Price action: AN shares are trading higher by 0.15% at $102.75 in premarket on the last check Monday.

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