Lithia Motors

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Lithia Motors
Traded as NYSELAD
S&P 600 Component
Industry auto retailing
Founded 1946, Ashland, Oregon
Headquarters Medford, Oregon,
United States
Key people
Bryan DeBoer, CEO
Products automobiles
Revenue Increase $5,390 million (FY 2015)
Increase $231 million (FY 2015)
Increase $138 million (FY 2015)
Total assets Increase $2,880 million (FY 2015)
Total equity Increase $673 million (FY 2015)
Number of employees
Subsidiaries DCH Auto Group
Footnotes / references
Financial data.[1]

Lithia Motors, Inc. is an American nationwide automotive dealership network headquartered in Medford, Oregon. It is the seventh largest automotive retailer in the United States, and ranked #14 in Fortune’s Most Admired Companies in 2013.[2] Lithia Motors, Inc. ranked #602 on Fortune's top 1000 companies in 2014 list, up from a rank of #653 in 2013.[3] In 2015, Lithia Motors broke into the Fortune 500 list at #482,[4] making it one of only three Oregon-based companies in the Fortune 500.[5] 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.[6]


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. 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.[7]

In December 1996 the company went public, trading on the New York Stock Exchange with an IPO of $11 per share.[7] By 2003, Lithia had revenues of $2.5 billion from its 84 dealerships while employing just over 5,500 people.[8] The company had increased dealerships to 88 by 2005.[9] Lithia was fined $500,000 by the state of Alaska in 2006 for charging car buyers illegal document preparation fees at their Alaska dealerships.[10] That year they also settled with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission for workplace discrimination.[11] 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. 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. [12] 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.[13] 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.[14] 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.

Headquarters in Medford, Oregon

As of January, 2014, Lithia operated 92 stores in 13 states.[15]

With the acquisition of the DCH auto group in late 2014, Lithia now operates 139 stores in 14 states across the US, Hawaii, and Alaska.


Lithia sells new cars from General Motors, Chrysler, Toyota, Honda, BMW, Volkswagen, Mazda, and Porsche among others.[16] New cars make up 58% of auto sales, with used cars making up the other 42%.[16] Additional revenues come from auto repair at the dealerships, financing, and insurance sales.[16]

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]

The company received a Global Automotive Shareholder Value Awards presented by PwC and Automotive News in 2015. 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.[18]

Recent financials[edit]

Revenue in millions of US dollars.[16]

Year Revenue EPS Dividend
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 $0.41 N/A
2010: $463(t) $0.05 $0.05

In April 2008, Lithia posts $1.9 million loss in 1Q.[19] 2010 data is 1Q only SEC filings.

In Q1 2015, the company had a net income of $36.9 million.[20]

Community Programs[edit]

The Lithia 4-Kids initiative enables Lithia stores to create strategic partnerships with select non-profit organizations or programs to support youth development through employee volunteering and charitable giving.[21] Lithia’s Community Giving Program is focused on community-wide efforts that allow for local support that positively impacts and improves the vitality of a healthy community. Lithia is active in both participation and sponsorship for a wide range of organizations in Jackson County, including United Way, Special Olympics, American Cancer Society, The Salvation Army, and Habitat for Humanity.

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.[22]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Google Finance FY 2015 Lithia Motors. Retrieved on February 23,2016.
  2. ^ Section
  3. ^ 2014 Fortune 1000
  4. ^ 2015 Fortune 500
  5. ^ Rogoway, Mike (January 30, 2016) [first published online January 29]. "Precision Castparts' $37B sale finalized". The Oregonian. p. C8. Retrieved 2016-02-02. 
  6. ^ DCH Auto Group Acquisition
  7. ^ a b About Lithia. Retrieved on September 15, 2007.
  8. ^ Brinckman, Jonathan. Every Lithia shop moves cars the same way conformity drives it. The Oregonian, October 10, 2004.
  9. ^ Brinckman, Jonathan. Inside Oregon business: Auto dealer bypasses industry slump. The Oregonian, June 16, 2005.
  10. ^ Lithia to pay refunds and fine in Alaska. Portland Business Journal, December 5, 2006.
  11. ^ Brinckman, Jonathan. Lithia settles Colorado discrimination suit. The Oregonian, March 17, 2006.
  12. ^ Lithia Motors building Oregon's largest auto mall. Portland Business Journal, January 22, 2007.
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  15. ^ Source: AutoNews:
  16. ^ a b c d 2006 Annual Report. Lithia Motors. Retrieved on September 15, 2007.
  17. ^ Auto News:
  18. ^ 2015 Global Automotive Shareholder Value Awards
  19. ^ Lithia posts $1.9 million loss Automobile News Report April 29, 2008
  20. ^ "Lithia Motors' Q1 Earnings Beat Estimates, Rise 35% Y/Y - Analyst Blog". NASDAQ. 27 April 2015. Retrieved 30 April 2015. 
  21. ^ Lithia 4-Kids Community Program
  22. ^ Women in Leadership Conference