Group 1 Automotive, Inc. GPI reported adjusted earnings per share of $3.02 in third-quarter 2019, beating the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $2.72. The bottom line improved from the prior-year quarter’s $2.47. Results were aided by a stellar performance in the United States, partially offset by weakness in the U.K. market.
Revenues of $3.1 billion rose 7.9% year over year. Revenues beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $2.9 billion.
Reportedly, the company’s net income rose 9.2% year over year to $38 million.
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Revenues from new-vehicle retail sales rose 7.3% to $1.65 billion. The same from used-vehicle retail sales improved 9.8% to $869.7 million. However, revenues from wholesale used-vehicle sales declined 1.5% to $85 million.
For the Parts and Service business, the top line improved 8.2% to $383.5 million. Revenues from the Finance and Insurance business rose 9.9% to $127.6 million.
Segments in Detail
Revenues in the U.S. business segment grew 10.1% year over year to $2.42 billion. The segment’s gross profit rose 9.8% year over year to $387 million. In the reported quarter, retail new-vehicle and used-vehicle, and wholesale used-vehicle units sold were 33,041; 31,505 and 7,565, respectively.
Revenues fell 0.2% year over year to $584.6 million for the U.K. business segment. Gross profit was $65 million, marking a 5.4% fall from the third quarter of 2018. In the quarter, retail new-vehicle and used-vehicle, and wholesale used-vehicle units sold were 9,329; 8,573 and 4,894, respectively.
Revenues for the Brazil business segment grew 7.7% year over year to $110.9 billion. However, the segment’s gross profit declined 2.2% year over year to $13.6 million. In the reported quarter, retail new-vehicle and used-vehicle, and wholesale used-vehicle units sold were 2,262; 1,219 and 430, respectively.
Group 1 Automotive’s cash and cash equivalents grew to $41 million as of Sep 30, 2019, from $15.9 million as of Dec 31, 2018. Long-term debt was $356.8 million as of Sep 30, 2019, marking a decline from $366.7 million recorded as of Dec 31, 2018.
Zacks Rank & Stocks to Consider
Group 1 Automotive currently carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).
Some better-ranked stocks in the Auto-Tires-Trucks sector are BRP Inc DOOO, currently sporting a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy), and Lithia Motors, Inc LAD and America's Car-Mart, Inc CRMT, carrying a Zacks Rank of 2 (Buy). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.
BRP has an expected earnings growth rate of 18.4% for 2019. The company’s shares have gained 68.1% year to date.
Lithia Motors has an estimated earnings growth rate of 13.2% for 2019. Its shares have gained 102.1% year to date.
America's Car-Mart has an estimated earnings growth rate of 21.2% for 2019. Its shares have gained 24.2% year to date.
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