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June 15, 2014
14:55 EDTLADLithia Motors to acquire DCH Auto Group
Lithia Motors and DCH Auto Group Limited have entered into a definitive agreement to combine their companies. In the transaction, Lithia will acquire 100% of the outstanding shares of DCH Auto Group , one of the 10 largest dealer groups in the country, for an estimated price of approximately $340M in cash and $22.5M, or approximately 300,000 shares of Lithia common stock. Upon closing, DCH's 27 stores, located in Southern California, New Jersey and New York, will be combined with Lithia's 101 stores in the Western United States. The DCH stores are estimated to generate approximately $2.3B in annualized revenue, and are expected to increase 2014 earnings per share by approximately 12c to 14c, excluding acquisition costs. On an annualized basis, the DCH stores are expected to increase earnings per share by 65c to 75c. The transaction is expected to be funded through the expansion of Lithia's existing credit facility by $600M, mortgage financing of $200M, and available cash flows from operations. It is targeted to close in Q414, and is subject to customary approval conditions. Lithia expects to incur pre-tax costs associated with the transaction of approximately 4c to 6c per share in 2014.
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October 15, 2014
06:27 EDTLADLithia Motors upgraded to Overweight from Underweight at Morgan Stanley
Morgan Stanley upgraded Lithia Motors two notches to Overweight from Underweight based on favorable risk/reward, reset consensus expectations, and DCH execution risk appears to be reflected in shares. Price target lowered to $75 from $80.
October 14, 2014
09:03 EDTLADLithia Motors shares defended at Craig-Hallum
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October 13, 2014
16:28 EDTLADOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street spent most of today's quiet session see-sawing across the flat-line before dropping sharply in the final hour of trading and closing at their lows. The market opened in negative territory but soon made a move to the upside and appeared ready to break the recent market slide that has seen the S&P lose about 5% of its value. Before the averages gained significant steam, they reversed again and moved back into negative ground. The averages moved in a fairly narrow range for most of the afternoon, before accelerating to the downside with conviction in the final hour of trading. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., no economic data of note was reported and banks and bond markets were closed in observance of the Columbus Day holiday. In China, the nation's customs administration reported a trade surplus of about $31B for September. Exports in the month increased 15.3% from a year earlier, beating expectations and making for the biggest monthly increase since February 2013. Imports rose 7%, significantly outpacing the consensus projection for a 2% decline. COMPANY NEWS: The Wall Street Journal reported that CSX (CSX) was approached by a larger rival, Canadian Pacific (CP), about a possible merger. However, Credit Suisse analyst Allison Landry wrote in a note to investors that a merger between the two would not be able to occur, due to high regulatory hurdles. Still, CSX rose $1.76, or 5.88%, to $31.70 following the Journal's report, while Canadian Pacific fell $4.40, or 2.32%, to $184.97... Shares of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCAU) made their debut on the New York Stock Exchange and opened at $9 per share. The stock of the newly merged company closed trading down about 1% at $8.92... J.C. Penney (JCP) selected Marvin Ellison, who is currently executive vice president of stores at Home Depot (HD), to become its next CEO. The stock, which was also downgraded to Sell from Neutral at UBS this morning, spent much of the trading day in positive ground but moved lower late in the session and closed down 3c, or 0.42%, at $7.09. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Alnylam (ALNY), which advanced $13.83, or 18.98%, to $86.68 after the company announced data from study of its treatment for patients with familial amyloidotic polyneuropathy and Piper Jaffray raised its price target on the stock to $133 from $101 citing the trial results. Among the noteworthy losers was AutoNation (AN), which fell $4.11, or 8.01%, to $47.21 after another company in the same sector, Lithia Motors (LAD), lowered its profit outlook for the third and fourth quarter and issued a lower than expected earnings forecast for fiscal 2015. Shares of Lithia, meanwhile, plunged $16.85, or 20.84%, to $64.01. Also lower were shares of GoPro (GPRO), which fell $8.38, or 9.85%, to $76.67 after a French journalist reported that the son of racing legend Michael Schumacher attributed the severity of his father's brain injury following a skiing accident on the GoPro camera mounted to his helmet. INDEXES: The Dow fell 223.03, or 1.35%, to 16,321.07, the Nasdaq dropped 62.58, or 1.46%, to 4,213.66, and the S&P 500 declined 31.39, or 1.65%, to 1,874.74.
11:55 EDTLADLithia Motors sinks after cutting profit forecasts
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07:11 EDTLADLithia Motors sees FY15 EPS $5.60-$5.80, consensus $6.33
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07:09 EDTLADLithia Motors sees 1Q15 EPS $1.18-$1.21
07:08 EDTLADLithia Motors sees FY14 new vehicle SSS up 9.5%
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07:06 EDTLADLithia Motors sees FY14 EPS $4.86-$4.88, consensus $5.06
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07:05 EDTLADLithia Motors sees Q4 EPS $1.17-$1.19, consensus $1.29
07:04 EDTLADLithia Motors reports preliminary Q3 EPS $1.30-$1.32, consensus $1.38
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October 10, 2014
17:33 EDTLADLithia Motors acquires Harris Nissan
Lithia Motors has acquired Harris Nissan in Clovis, California. The store will be renamed Lithia Nissan of Clovis and will add $25M in estimated annual revenues.

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