Lithia Motors

Lithia Motors, Inc. is an American nationwide automotive retailer headquartered in Medford, Oregon.[10] It is the third largest automotive retailer[11] in the United States. In 2015, Lithia Motors broke into the Fortune 500 list at #482,[12] making it one of only three Oregon-based companies in the Fortune 500.[13] This followed a year that saw the acquisition of the DCH Auto Group, one of the 10 largest dealer groups in the country, with 27 dealerships, before being purchased by Lithia Motors.[14] In 2016, Lithia climbed to #346 and that same year made the Fortune 500 List of Top Ten Companies with the biggest jump in rank on the Fortune 500.[15] As of 2018, Lithia is ranked #294 on the Fortune 500.[16] Lithia employs more than 14,150 people in stores across the nation including Alaska and Hawaii.[17] Lithia operates 180 stores in 18 states.[18]

Lithia Motors, Inc.
TypePublic company
Industryauto retailing
Founded1946; 75 years ago (1946) in Ashland, Oregon, U.S.
HeadquartersMedford, Oregon, U.S.
Key people
Bryan DeBoer
Chris Holzshu
Tina Miller
RevenueIncrease US$12,672.7 million (2019)[4]
Increase US$495 million (2019)[4]
Increase US$271.5 million (2019)[4]
Total assetsIncrease US$6,083.9 million (2019)[5]
Total equityIncrease US$1,078 million (2019)
Number of employees
14,538 (2020)
  • DCH Auto Group
  • Carbone Auto Group
  • Baierl Auto Group
  • Downtown LA Auto Group[6]
  • Day Auto Group[7]
  • Prestige Auto Stores[8]
Footnotes / references
Financial data.[9]


Lithia Motors began in 1946 when Walt DeBoer opened a single car dealership in Ashland, Oregon. In the first year the five person company sold 14 cars.[19] In 1968, Walt's son, Sidney DeBoer, took over the business and incorporated Lithia Motors Inc. 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.[20]

In December 1996, the company went public, trading on the New York Stock Exchange with an IPO of $11 per share.[20] By 2003, Lithia had revenues of $2.5 billion from its 84 dealerships while employing just over 5,500 people.[21] The company had increased dealerships to 88 by 2005.[22] Lithia was fined $500,000 by the state of Alaska in 2006 for charging car buyers illegal document preparation fees at their Alaska dealerships.[23] That year, they also settled with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission for workplace discrimination.[24] In early 2007, Lithia developed 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. The Chrysler Jeep Dodge store moved to the auto mall in September 2007, but the project was put on hold for seven years because the recession hit shortly after. In late 2014, Lithia moved their Honda, Nissan, BMW, and Volkswagen stores to the auto mall. The group's Toyota store, which the group had planned to move to the auto mall, instead went through a $1.5 million renovation in 2013 and stayed on their 5-acre site in downtown Medford.[25] 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 an article by The Mail Tribune, "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.[26] 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.[27] Lithia has been the recipient of numerous awards, including Sports Illustrated's All-Star Dealer Award in 1990 and Time's Quality Dealer Award in 1997, 2016 Top Workplace-Oregon Award,[28] 2016 Automotive News Best Dealerships to Work For[29] and 2016 Fortune 500-40th Fastest Growing Company.[30] In 2018, 10 Lithia Motors stores were named "Best Dealerships to Work For" by Automotive News.[31] Cox Automotive awarded Lithia Motors' BMW of Ramsey, New Jersey store with the 2019 Cox Automotive Leader in Sustainability Award, citing outstanding community contributions and sustainable programs including waste reduction, water conservation and energy consumption.[32]

Headquarters in Medford, Oregon

With the acquisition of the DCH Auto Group in late 2014, Lithia expanded to 139 stores in 14 states across the US, Hawaii, and Alaska.

In September 2016, Lithia Motors announced that they were acquiring Greiner Ford-Lincoln in Casper, WY.[33]

In September 2016, Lithia Motors partnered with Carbone Auto Group in New York and Vermont, bringing the Lithia Motors store count to 152.[34]

In May 2017, Lithia Motors announced that they had acquired Baierl Auto Group in Pittsburgh, increasing their total store count to 160 and collision center count to 22.[35]

In August 2017, Lithia Motors acquired Downtown Los Angeles Auto Group ("DTLA"), bringing the Lithia store count to 167.[31]

In February 2018, Lithia Motors' store count grew to 179 after their acquisition of Day Automotive Group out of Monroeville, Pennsylvania.[31]

In March 2018, Lithia Motors acquired Prestige Auto Stores in Bergen County, New Jersey bringing the Lithia store count to 185.[31]

In February 2021, a source reported Lithia Motors was in talks to acquire the Suburban Collection dealer chain in Michigan. Suburban reported revenues of $2.7 billion in 2019. Later in April of the same year, the company acquired New Jersey dealership Planet Honda of Union, which is expected to add $230 million in annual revenue.[36][37]

Lithia Motors pledged to increase annual revenue through acquisitions by about $20 billion over a five-year period in 2020. in early 2021, the company has added roughly $6.5 billion to its annual revenue, placing it about one-third of the way towards the company's target, according to CFO Tina Miller, currently in charge over the project. The success of the project is in part attributed to Lithia's e-commerce platform Driveway, which facilitates online used car sales with its inventory coming from dealer lots owned by Lithia.[38][39]


Lithia sells new cars from General Motors, Chrysler, Toyota, Honda, Jaguar, Land Rover, BMW, Volkswagen, Mazda, and Porsche among others.[40] New cars make up 58% of auto sales, with used cars making up the other 42%.[40] Additional revenues come from auto repair at the dealerships, financing, and insurance sales.[40]

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.[41]

The company received a Global Automotive Shareholder Value Awards presented by PwC and Automotive News in 2015 the sixth consecutive year for Lithia, followed by a three-year award in 2016.[42] The awards are given to companies to recognize the highest shareholder returns within one-year and three-year periods among Global Vehicle Manufacturers, Global Automotive Suppliers and U.S. Automotive Retailers categories.[43]

Recent financialsEdit

Revenue in millions of US dollars.[40]

Year Revenue EPS Dividend
2006: $3,173 $1.77 $0.54
2007: $3,219 $1.06 $0.56
2008: $2,137 $(12.22) $0.33
2009: $1,749 $0.41 N/A
2010: $2,037 $0.52 $0.15
2011: $2,633 $2.21 $0.26
2012: $3,316 $3.07 $0.37
2013: $4,006 $4.05 $0.49
2014: $5,390 $5.26 $0.61
2015: $7,864 $6.91 $0.76
2016: $8,678 $7.72 $0.75
2017: $10,086 $9.75 $0.81
2018: $11,821 $10.86 $0.87

Annual Income Statement [44] Annual Income Statements through 2017.

2016 New Vehicle Revenue: $4,938,436, Used Vehicle Revenue: $2,226,951[45]

In April 2008, Lithia posts $1.9 million loss in 1Q.[46] 2010 data is 1Q only SEC filings.

In Q1 2015, the company had a net income of $36.9 million.[47]

Community programsEdit

Since 1946, Lithia has been dedicated to making the communities they serve better places to live, work and play. Through Lithia 4Kids, they create strategic partnerships with select not-for-profit organizations.[48] The Lithia 4Kids program believes the children within their communities are key to the future. "Educate, Advocate, Support and Strength" are the pillars of the Lithia 4Kids initiative. Lithia, DCH Auto Group, Carbone Auto Group and their stores support multiple organizations. Collaborating with their vendor partners, Lithia Motors, Inc. has contributed more than $1.4 million to the Southern Oregon University Raider Scholarship Fund.

In 2015, Lithia hosted its first Women in Leadership Conference as a way to help empower female staff members and further their professional skills in a field that has been predominantly male. Lithia flew in female managers from across the country with the goal to pursue higher advancement within the company and to inspire more females to seek careers in the industry. The conference was such a success that it became an annual event.[49]

See alsoEdit


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  9. ^ Google Finance FY 2015 Lithia Motors. Retrieved on February 23, 2016.
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  12. ^ 2015 Fortune 500
  13. ^ Rogoway, Mike (January 30, 2016) [first published online January 29]. "Precision Castparts' $37B sale finalized". The Oregonian. p. C8. Retrieved 2016-02-02.
  14. ^ DCH Auto Group Acquisition
  15. ^ Fortune 500
  16. ^ "Lithia Motors". Fortune. Retrieved 2018-11-29.
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  19. ^ "Lithia Motors Sells 14 Cars the Year It Opens in 1946". Jefferson Public Radio. Retrieved 2021-10-08.
  20. ^ a b About Lithia. Retrieved on September 15, 2007.
  21. ^ Brinckman, Jonathan. Every Lithia shop moves cars the same way conformity drives it. The Oregonian, October 10, 2004.
  22. ^ Brinckman, Jonathan. Inside Oregon business: Auto dealer bypasses industry slump. The Oregonian, June 16, 2005.
  23. ^ Lithia to pay refunds and fine in Alaska. Portland Business Journal, December 5, 2006.
  24. ^ Brinckman, Jonathan. Lithia settles Colorado discrimination suit. The Oregonian, March 17, 2006.
  25. ^ Lithia Motors building Oregon's largest auto mall. Portland Business Journal, January 22, 2007.
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  28. ^ Top Workplace Oregon Award
  29. ^ Best Dealerships to Work For
  30. ^ Fortune Fastest Growing Companies List
  31. ^ a b c d "Lithia Investor Relations". Retrieved 2019-03-08.
  32. ^ "Cox Automotive Presents Leader in Sustainability Award to BMW of Ramsey". Cox Automotive Inc. Retrieved 2019-03-08.
  33. ^ "Lithia acquires Wyoming Ford store". Retrieved 2020-08-14.
  34. ^ 150 Stores
  35. ^ "Lithia Enters State of Pennsylvania; Baierl Auto Group Joins Lithia". Retrieved 2018-01-10.
  36. ^ "Lithia acquires The Suburban Collection". Auto Remarketing. 2021-04-13. Retrieved 2021-04-30.
  37. ^ "Lithia continues buying spree with N.J. Honda acquisition". Asume Tech. 2021-04-27. Retrieved 2021-04-30.
  38. ^ Inc, Lithia Motors. "Lithia Motors & Driveway (LAD) Adds $230 Million of Revenue in Northeast Region". Retrieved 2021-04-30.
  39. ^ Broughton, Kristin (2021-04-23). "Lithia Motors Accelerates Dealer Acquisitions Amid Boom in Car Sales". Wall Street Journal. ISSN 0099-9660. Retrieved 2021-04-30.
  40. ^ a b c d 2006 Annual Report. Lithia Motors. Retrieved on September 15, 2007.
  41. ^ Auto News:
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  43. ^ 2015 Global Automotive Shareholder Value Awards
  44. ^ LAD Company Financials
  45. ^ 2016 New and Used Revenue
  46. ^ Lithia posts $1.9 million loss Automobile News Report April 29, 2008
  47. ^ "Lithia Motors' Q1 Earnings Beat Estimates, Rise 35% Y/Y - Analyst Blog". NASDAQ. 27 April 2015. Retrieved 30 April 2015.
  48. ^ Lithia 4-Kids Community Program
  49. ^ Women in Leadership Conference

External linksEdit

Official website