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Sonic Automotive Inc (SAH) SEC Filing 10-Q Quarterly report for the period ending Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Sonic Automotive Inc

CIK: 1043509 Ticker: SAH

Exhibit 99.1

Sonic Automotive Reports All-Time Record Third Quarter Earnings
Record EchoPark Revenues and Unit Sales Volume As Expansion Kicks Into High Gear

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – October 29, 2020 -
Sonic Automotive, Inc. (“Sonic” or the “Company”) (NYSE:SAH), one of the nation’s largest automotive retailers, today reported financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2020.

Third Quarter Highlights

All-time record earnings per diluted share from continuing operations of $1.35 for the third quarter of 2020, an increase of 105% compared to $0.66 for the third quarter of 2019 (included in the results for the third quarter of 2020 is a pre-tax gain of $3.2 million, or $0.06 per share, related to franchise disposals)
Selling, general and administrative (“SG&A”) expenses as a percentage of gross profit were 68.3% for the third quarter of 2020, compared to 76.7% for the third quarter of 2019 (results for the third quarter of 2020 include an 80 basis point benefit related to a gain on franchise disposals)
Total Sonic consolidated third quarter 2020 revenues of $2.5 billion and gross profit of $376.6 million
All-time record EchoPark quarterly revenues of $385.1 million, up 23.3% from the third quarter of 2019
All-time record EchoPark quarterly retail sales volume of 15,127 units, up 14.5% from the third quarter of 2019
Same store Franchised Dealerships Segment operating results for the third quarter of 2020, compared to the third quarter of 2019:
Revenues down 5.6%, gross profit up 1.5%
New vehicle unit sales volume down 14.6%; new vehicle gross profit per unit up 38.4%, to $2,607
Retail used vehicle unit sales volume down 4.6%; retail used vehicle gross profit per unit up 3.9%, to $1,307
Parts, service and collision repair gross profit down 3.9%, customer pay gross profit down 0.9%; gross margin up 130 basis points, to 49.2%
Finance and insurance (“F&I”) gross profit down 1.4%; total Franchised Dealerships Segment F&I gross profit per retail unit of $1,810, up 10.0%

Commentary

Jeff Dyke, Sonic’s and EchoPark’s President, commented, “Our third quarter results demonstrate the strength and resilience of our business model, driving the highest third quarter profit in our Company’s history. All business lines saw sequential improvement from the second quarter, with a combination of increasing consumer demand and enhanced operating efficiency and profitability as a result of the strategic actions our team took early in the pandemic. We believe the third quarter marks an inflection point in our Company’s path to more than double its total revenues and dramatically increase profitability in the next five years. We remain committed to providing our guests with an industry-leading vehicle purchase experience, offering a variety of options across the omni-channel spectrum to suit each individual’s needs. We continue to enhance our e-commerce platform to offer our guests a fully-integrated online and on-site sales experience at both our franchised dealership websites and EchoPark.com, further supporting the long-term growth plans for our business.”

Mr. Dyke continued, “We are very pleased with our franchised dealerships’ performance during the quarter, which reflects steadily increasing automotive retail consumer demand and the extraordinary dedication of our teammates to continue to deliver exceptional results despite the challenges of the pandemic. As importantly, EchoPark achieved all-time record retail sales volume in the quarter, selling over 15,000 units at our 12 existing locations. Our guests continue to see incredible value in the inventory selection, pricing, and buying experience that EchoPark offers and we remain focused on accelerating the expansion of this brand nationally. Our recent EchoPark expansion in Greenville, South Carolina, Houston, Texas, and Nashville, Tennessee, plus expected new openings by year end in Plano, Texas and Atlanta, Georgia, continue to drive toward a 140-point nationwide distribution network, expected to retail over half a million pre-owned vehicles annually by 2025.”

Heath Byrd, Sonic’s and EchoPark’s Chief Financial Officer, commented, “We have continued to increase operating efficiency at both our franchised dealerships and EchoPark stores, driving improved profitability throughout our operations. Total SG&A expenses for the third quarter were down $39.7 million, or 13.4%, year-over-year, while SG&A expenses as a percentage of gross profit were 68.3%, down 840 basis points from the year-ago quarter. Due to our ongoing cost-management initiatives, we are now a much leaner, more efficient organization than we were prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Third Quarter 2020 Operational Summary

For the third quarter of 2020, Sonic’s consolidated total revenues were $2.5 billion, down 5.7% compared to the third quarter of 2019 and up 20.7% sequentially from the second quarter of 2020. EchoPark Segment revenues were $385.1 million for the third quarter of 2020, representing a 23.3% increase from the third quarter of 2019 and a 22.1% increase sequentially from the second quarter of 2020. Franchised Dealerships Segment revenues were $2.2 billion for the third quarter of 2020, representing a 9.5% decrease from the third quarter of 2019 and a 20.4% increase sequentially from $1.8 billion in the second quarter of 2020.



The following information was filed by Sonic Automotive Inc (SAH) on Thursday, October 29, 2020 as an 8K 2.02 statement, which is an earnings press release pertaining to results of operations and financial condition. It may be helpful to assess the quality of management by comparing the information in the press release to the information in the accompanying 10-Q Quarterly Report statement of earnings and operation as management may choose to highlight particular information in the press release.

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Ticker: SAH
CIK: 1043509
Form Type: 10-Q Quarterly Report
Accession Number: 0001043509-20-000028
Submitted to the SEC: Thu Oct 29 2020 4:00:24 PM EST
Accepted by the SEC: Thu Oct 29 2020
Period: Wednesday, September 30, 2020
Industry: Retail Auto Dealers And Gasoline Stations

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