Goodwill and Intangible Assets
|9 Months Ended|
Sep. 30, 2020
|Goodwill and Intangible Assets Disclosure [Abstract]|
|Goodwill and Intangible Assets||Goodwill and Intangible AssetsPursuant to the applicable accounting pronouncements, we were required to evaluate the recoverability of our long-lived assets during the first quarter of 2020 as a result of the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on our operations and market value. Based on this evaluation, we determined the carrying value of the goodwill related to our franchised dealership reporting unit was greater than the fair value of the reporting unit. Accordingly, we recorded a non-cash goodwill impairment charge of $268.0 million and a corresponding income tax benefit of $55.8 million to reduce the carrying value to fair value as of March 31, 2020. We utilized the Discounted Cash Flows (“DCF”) method, using unobservable inputs (Level 3) to estimate Sonic’s enterprise value as of March 31, 2020 and reconciled the discounted cash flows to Sonic’s market capitalization, using quoted market price inputs (Level 1). The significant assumptions in our DCF model include projected earnings, a discount rate (and estimates in the discount rate inputs), control premium factors and residual growth rates. Based on the improvement in our business operations and market value during the second and third quarters of 2020, as well as our future forecast expectations, no further impairment assessment was required.The carrying amount of goodwill was approximately $207.3 million and $475.8 million as of September 30, 2020 and December 31, 2019, respectively. The carrying amount of goodwill for our franchised dealership reporting unit was $147.3 million and $415.8 million as of September 30, 2020 and December 31, 2019, respectively. The carrying amount of goodwill for our EchoPark reporting unit was $60.0 million as of both September 30, 2020 and December 31, 2019. The total carrying amount of goodwill is net of accumulated impairment losses of approximately $1.1 billion and $797.6 million as of September 30, 2020 and December 31, 2019, respectively. The carrying amount of franchise assets was approximately $64.3 million as of both September 30, 2020 and December 31, 2019|
The entire disclosure for goodwill and intangible assets.
Reference 1: http://fasb.org/us-gaap/role/ref/legacyRef