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AutoNation, Inc.: AutoNation Looks to Be in Great Shape as the Mike Jackson Era Ends

Symbols
AN
Sector(s)
Consumer Cyclical
Rating
Current Price
$120.30
Fair Value
Economic Moat
Stewardship
Summary

AutoNation is the largest automotive dealer in the United States, with 2020 revenue of $20.4 billion and over 230 dealerships and over 300 locations, including collison centers. The firm also has eight AutoNation USA used-vehicle stores, four auction sites, and over 50 collision centers all across 16 states primarily in Sunbelt metropolitan areas. New-vehicle sales account for about 51% of revenue; the company also sells used vehicles, parts, and repair services as well as auto financing. The company (formerly Republic Industries) spun off its waste management unit (Republic Services) in 1999 and its car rental businesses (ANC Rental) in 2000. Wayne Huizenga founded the company in the 1990s to bring the rollup acquisition strategy to auto retailing, which has proved to be a smart move.

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Analyst Profile

David Whiston

Sector Strategist
David Whiston, CFA, CPA, CFE, is an industrials strategist for Morningstar Research Services LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Morningstar, Inc. He covers the automotive industry, including dealerships, parts manufacturers, and automakers. He has covered the automotive industry since joining Morningstar in 2007.Before Morningstar, Whiston spent four years in PricewaterhouseCoopers’ New York real estate audit practice and one year in its Chicago office working on real estate acquisition due diligence.Whiston holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a concentration in accounting from the University of Richmond. He also holds a master’s degree in business administration with concentrations in finance, economics, and organizational behavior from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. He holds the Chartered Financial Analyst® designation, and he is a Certified Public Accountant and a Certified Fraud Examiner. In 2012, he ranked first in the specialty retailers and services industry in The Wall Street Journal’s annual “Best on the Street” analysts survey. He ranked first in the same industry in 2011.