KBC Group NV Purchases Shares of 446 Lithia Motors, Inc. (NYSE:LAD)

KBC Group NV purchased a new stake in Lithia Motors, Inc. (NYSE:LADFree Report) during the 4th quarter, according to its most recent Form 13F filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The fund purchased 446 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $147,000.

A number of other institutional investors also recently modified their holdings of LAD. Norges Bank acquired a new position in shares of Lithia Motors during the fourth quarter worth approximately $123,976,000. FMR LLC raised its position in shares of Lithia Motors by 10.3% during the third quarter. FMR LLC now owns 492,273 shares of the company’s stock worth $145,383,000 after purchasing an additional 45,977 shares during the period. Boston Partners raised its position in shares of Lithia Motors by 67.5% during the fourth quarter. Boston Partners now owns 82,915 shares of the company’s stock worth $26,734,000 after purchasing an additional 33,405 shares during the period. Kensico Capital Management Corp raised its position in shares of Lithia Motors by 41.3% during the third quarter. Kensico Capital Management Corp now owns 113,000 shares of the company’s stock worth $33,372,000 after purchasing an additional 33,000 shares during the period. Finally, UBS Group AG raised its position in shares of Lithia Motors by 1,288.3% during the third quarter. UBS Group AG now owns 31,862 shares of the company’s stock worth $9,410,000 after purchasing an additional 29,567 shares during the period.

Wall Street Analysts Forecast Growth

A number of equities analysts have recently weighed in on LAD shares. StockNews.com raised Lithia Motors from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Friday, April 26th. Citigroup decreased their price target on Lithia Motors from $320.00 to $280.00 and set a “neutral” rating for the company in a report on Thursday, April 25th. Morgan Stanley upped their price target on Lithia Motors from $220.00 to $230.00 and gave the stock an “underweight” rating in a report on Thursday, February 29th. Wells Fargo & Company decreased their price target on Lithia Motors from $290.00 to $248.00 and set an “equal weight” rating for the company in a report on Thursday, April 25th. Finally, Bank of America upped their price target on Lithia Motors from $380.00 to $385.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a report on Wednesday, April 10th. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, five have assigned a hold rating and five have given a buy rating to the stock. According to MarketBeat.com, the company currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $319.45.

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Lithia Motors Stock Up 0.7 %

Shares of NYSE:LAD opened at $260.00 on Tuesday. The company has a market capitalization of $7.13 billion, a PE ratio of 7.68, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 3.01 and a beta of 1.62. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.17, a current ratio of 1.17 and a quick ratio of 0.28. The business has a fifty day moving average price of $264.08 and a two-hundred day moving average price of $283.91. Lithia Motors, Inc. has a 1 year low of $231.36 and a 1 year high of $331.96.

Lithia Motors (NYSE:LADGet Free Report) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, April 24th. The company reported $6.11 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates of $7.85 by ($1.74). The business had revenue of $8.56 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $8.58 billion. Lithia Motors had a net margin of 2.87% and a return on equity of 15.62%. The firm’s revenue for the quarter was up 22.7% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter last year, the company earned $8.44 EPS. Analysts forecast that Lithia Motors, Inc. will post 28.78 earnings per share for the current year.

Lithia Motors Increases Dividend

The company also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, May 24th. Stockholders of record on Friday, May 10th were paid a dividend of $0.53 per share. This is an increase from Lithia Motors’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.50. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Thursday, May 9th. This represents a $2.12 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 0.82%. Lithia Motors’s dividend payout ratio is presently 6.26%.

Insider Transactions at Lithia Motors

In other news, Director Shauna Mcintyre sold 138 shares of the stock in a transaction on Wednesday, May 1st. The stock was sold at an average price of $254.42, for a total transaction of $35,109.96. Following the completion of the transaction, the director now owns 2,228 shares in the company, valued at approximately $566,847.76. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through this hyperlink. 1.79% of the stock is owned by corporate insiders.

Lithia Motors Company Profile

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Lithia Motors, Inc operates as an automotive retailer worldwide. It operates in two segments, Vehicle Operations and Financing Operations. The company's Vehicle Operations segment sells new and used vehicles; provides parts, repair, and maintenance services; vehicle finance; and insurance products.

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