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The Company is an operator of automotive franchises and retailer of new and used vehicles and services.
Average car on the road is more than a decade old.
Auto sales is obviously a cyclical industry, so some caution is warranted, though I think the company is positioning itself better for the next inevitable downturn. I also don’t think consolidation in the auto-dealership industry offers the same potential as that strategy in other industries might, given the limitations on the benefits of economies of scale. But management has proved its ability in my mind to successfully acquire, integrate, and improve the earnings of its targets (including the very large acquisition of DCH last year, which has gone very smoothly). Debt will need to be watched, especially as much of it is currently at variable interest rates, but overall the company’s strategy seems to be working well.
Little known company riding car sales.
Because they keep buying up dealerships. When the next wave of car buying comes, they'll be raking it in.
As a low-key way to play the increasing sales of new/used car sales in America, Lithia Motors remains a solid growth play due to its mix of same store sales growth and growth through acquisition Not surprisingly, the company's revenue and EPS growth is projected to be much more robust than that of the company's closest competitors.
low PEG, strong price uptrend
Excellent dividend from a used car dealer. Folks need to trade in the gas guzzler for higher fuel efficiency. This corporation is shedding locations that are losing money and claims to be focusing on vehicles with higher fuel efficiency. Anyone know if they have a Vespa franchise?
Not likely to go out of business, losing money very slowly. Current p/s=.04, p/b=.25 hard to beat that.Either will recover or be bought.They act like used car salesmen, but perhaps that's not too surprising. I recently shorted this and made a lot of points, but now I'm going to pick it as a value stock.
Terrific value at the current price. As the economy weakens, look for more consumers to go used with their automotive purchases, and look for this stock to accelerate upward.
Lithia Motors has been slapped down from over $30 a share in late 2006 to under $7 now. They are still making a profit despite tough times and the company said in its Q1 2008 report that they are going to shift focus on cars and brands with better MPG. This is a restructuring play, if you buy now, realize the stock could drop further. It is very unlikely that Lithia will go bankrupt because the company still has positive working capital and is making a profit (if you exclude the interest charge on inventory). They're also selling 15 lots that are underperforming and this will definately shore up any near-term weakness on the balance sheet.Lithia is a value play if I've ever seen one. The country is in a recession, but not a depression. Sure, auto sales are going to hurt, but the recovery is probably less than 18 months out. Lithia will weather the storm and when it does, investors who got in below $10 will count their lucky stars.This fool hopes he's not catching a falling knife, but when a company is trading at .04x sales and .2 times book value, it is just too cheap to pass up.
I expect this stock now at bottom and a great buy for a value investor. It pays a good dividend and when the economy recovers for the auto industry we should see 100% capital appreciation in the next three years.
This company has stunk... It lowers expectations and now it has negative quarters. But this company has gone far below its true value. But this one is a risky one. Use caution.
Comapny has gon from $28.00 per share back in january to under $8.00 a share currently, but will bounce back to around $20- $25 within the next few months
As everyone can clearly see the trends of the market and economy greatly affect this stock. With the changes being made by the Feds on a quarterly basis I predict that this stock will rise once the dust clears. This company is implementing several changes to better its future. Currently lower than its IPO price. Between 2 and 4 years this company will be back to $30. Buy now while its cheap.
LAD rarely outperforms the S&P 500. With the current release of lower than expected earnings, why would that change now?
aggresive aproach to acquiring more dealerships
Right now they have 109 stores and predict over 300 by 2012 lets say they miss that mark and they will but 230 is where they might end up by 2012 and for me thats a good # just the same especially with the new Assured sales and service its great for the customer
A Value Proposition
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