Lithia Motors

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Lithia Motors, Inc.
TypePublic
Traded asNYSELAD
Industryauto retailing
Founded1946, Ashland, Oregon
HeadquartersMedford, Oregon,
United States
Key peopleBryan DeBoer, CEO
Productsautomobiles
Revenue$3,173 million (FY 2006)
Operating incomeIncrease $115 million (FY 2006)
Net incomeIncrease $37.3 million (FY 2006)
Employees6,261 (2006)
Websitelithia.com
References: Financial data.[1]
 
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Lithia Motors, Inc.
TypePublic
Traded asNYSELAD
Industryauto retailing
Founded1946, Ashland, Oregon
HeadquartersMedford, Oregon,
United States
Key peopleBryan DeBoer, CEO
Productsautomobiles
Revenue$3,173 million (FY 2006)
Operating incomeIncrease $115 million (FY 2006)
Net incomeIncrease $37.3 million (FY 2006)
Employees6,261 (2006)
Websitelithia.com
References: Financial data.[1]

Lithia Motors, Inc. is an automotive dealership network headquartered in Medford, Oregon, primarily serving the western United States. It is the seventh largest automotive retailer in the United States,[2] and ranks as number 615 on the Fortune 1000 list of the largest companies in the U.S. for 2007.[3] They ranked fourth in their industry for America's Most Admired Companies in 2007.[4] They ranked #14 in Fortune’s Most Admired Companies in 2013. [3]]

History[edit]

Lithia Motors began in 1946 when Walt DeBoer opened a single car dealership in Ashland, Oregon. The first year the five person company sold 14 cars. Next, in 1968 Walt DeBoer died and his son Sidney DeBoer took over the company. Sidney reorganized the business and in 1970 purchased a Dodge dealership in Medford. With this Lithia’s base of operation moved to Medford and grew to a total of five stores with 19 franchises by 1990.[5]

In December 1996 the company went public, trading on the New York Stock Exchange with an IPO of $11 per share.[5] By 2003, Lithia had revenues of $2.5 billion from its 84 dealerships while employing just over 5,500 people.[6] The company had increased dealerships to 88 by 2005.[7] Lithia was fined $500,000 by the state of Alaska in 2006 for charging car buyers illegal document preparation fees at their Alaska dealerships.[8] That year they also settled with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission for workplace discrimination.[9] In early 2007 began plans to build a 60-acre (240,000 m2) auto mall north of downtown Medford and to build a new corporate headquarters in downtown Medford.[10] In 2009, with plans to build a new corporate headquarters stalled, the company, Medford Urban Renewal Agency and the City of Medford announced they had scrapped the downtown plans and were in negotiations to develop a smaller project.[11] In 2010, it was reported that with the backing of two lenders, “the Commons”, a mixed use building with Lithia Headquarters as the largest tenant, was a “go” and could proceed with construction. According to the Mail Tribune article, “Lithia partnered with the Medford Urban Renewal Agency to create The Commons, a revitalization project that includes the headquarters and another $14 million in infrastructure and three park blocks paid for with MURA dollars. [12] Lithia employees moved into their new headquarters in late 2012. In January, 2014 the Commons building was awarded Silver Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Certification by the U.S. Green Building Council.[13]

As of March 2007 the company operated 108 stores in 15 states with 193 franchises.[1] As of August 2009 the company operates 91 stores in 13 states.[14] As of January, 2014, Lithia operated 92 stores in 13 states. [15]

Lithia's stock has fallen from $35.75 on March 24, 2006, to as low as $1.55 on Oct. 27, 2008.[16] Recently as 2009-2010 Lithia stock has varied in a 52-week high/low range of $16.49/$5.18 per share respectively.

As of May 28, 2013 Lithia's stock opened at $53.42 per share.

Product[edit]

Lithia sells new cars from General Motors,Chrysler, Toyota, Honda, BMW, Volkswagen, Mazda, and Porsche among others.[1] New cars make up 58% of auto sales, with used cars making up the other 42%.[1] Additional revenues come from auto repair at the dealerships, financing, and insurance sales.[1]

In 2013 Lithia was named No. 9 on Automotive News' list of the 125 largest U.S. dealership groups, with retail new-vehicle sales of 56,960 units in 2012. In used-vehicle sales it also ranks No. 9, with retail used-vehicle sales of 49,067 in 2012.[17]


Recent financials[edit]

Revenue in millions of US dollars.[1]

YearRevenueEPSDividend
2003:$2,412$1.92$0.14
2004:$2,598$2.13$0.23
2005:$2,852$2.54$0.44
2006:$3,173$1.77$0.54
2007:$3,219$1.06$0.56
2008:$2,137$(12.22)$0.33
2009:$1,749$0.41N/A
2010:$463(t)$0.05$0.05

In April 2008, Lithia posts $1.9 million loss in 1Q.[18] 2010 data is 1Q only SEC filings

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f 2006 Annual Report. Lithia Motors. Retrieved on September 15, 2007.
  2. ^ Donna Harris, Top dealership groups get bigger, richer. Automotive News, March 19, 2007.
  3. ^ a b Lithia Motors. CNNmoney.com. Retrieved on September 15, 2007.
  4. ^ America's Most Admired Companies: Lithia Motors. CNNMoney.com: Fortune. Retrieved on September 15, 2007.
  5. ^ a b About Lithia. Lithia.com. Retrieved on September 15, 2007.
  6. ^ Brinckman, Jonathan. Every Lithia shop moves cars the same way conformity drives it. The Oregonian, October 10, 2004.
  7. ^ Brinckman, Jonathan. Inside Oregon business: Auto dealer bypasses industry slump. The Oregonian, June 16, 2005.
  8. ^ Lithia to pay refunds and fine in Alaska. Portland Business Journal, December 5, 2006.
  9. ^ Brinckman, Jonathan. Lithia settles Colorado discrimination suit. The Oregonian, March 17, 2006.
  10. ^ Lithia Motors building Oregon's largest auto mall. Portland Business Journal, January 22, 2007.
  11. ^ http://www.mailtribune.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20090723/NEWS07/907230341/-1/NEWSMAP
  12. ^ http://www.mailtribune.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20101001/NEWS/10010318
  13. ^ http://www.fi-magazine.com/news/story/2014/01/lithia-headquarters-awarded-silver-leed-certification.aspx?prestitial=1
  14. ^ http://www.lithia.com/index.cfm?action=dealerlink&Link=1016263
  15. ^ Source: AutoNews: http://www.autonews.com/article/20131125/RETAIL04/311259995/lithia-expands-to-boost-used-car-sales#axzz2qVDWb8P7
  16. ^ LAD - Lithia Motors, Inc. - Google Finance
  17. ^ Auto News: http://www.autonews.com/article/20131125/RETAIL04/311259995/lithia-expands-to-boost-used-car-sales#ixzz2qVL3ZKSh
  18. ^ Lithia posts $1.9 million loss Automobile News Report April 29, 2008