AutoZone TENANT OVERVIEW


Pros

  • Corporate guaranteed
  • Investment grade tenant
  • Increases in primary term
  • Most leases are NNN, eliminating any landlord responsibilities

Cons

  • NN leases make landlord responsible for roof and structure
  • Usually "B" grade real estate

Earnings Highlights

Earnings Summary
  • Net sales for the first quarter of 2019 was $2.6 Billion, an increase of 2.0% from the first quarter of fiscal 2018
  • Domestic same store sales increased 2.7% for the quarter
  • Net income for the quarter increased 25.1% over the same period last year to $351.4 Million

Tenant Description

Autozone, Inc is a retailer and distributor of automotive replacement parts and accessories in the United States.

AutoZone is a strong net lease asset due to the corporate guarantee of every lease, lowering risk. AutoZone has a mix of NNN and NN leases. The NNN leases eliminate any landlord responsibility, making the AutoZone a steady income producing asset with little risk. The NN leases make the owner responsible for roof and structure, to balance this, the NN leases have higher rents.

On July 4, 1979, Auto Shack opened its first store in Forrest City, Arkansas and now, AutoZone is a Fortune 500 company and the leading auto parts retailer in the United States with more than $11.22 billion in annual sales.

While AutoZone is a retailer, its business seems reasonably well-insulated from the Amazon threat. Usually, people need car parts on short notice and don't know exactly what they need. So, going into the local AutoZone is much more convenient than trying to do it online without much hand-holding. The company's store count goes up every quarter and same store sales continue to be on an upward trajectory.

AutoZone sells auto and light truck parts, chemicals, and accessories through AutoZone stores in 49 US states plus the District of Columbia. As of August 25, 2018, Autozone operated 5,618 locations in the United States and opened 173 new stores in 2018.

AutoZone's core clients are generally do-it-yourselfers. US population and car production growth makes the business a winner for quite a while.

Average Cap Rate
5.46%
12 mo avg with 10+ yr lease term
Average Property & Lease
Average Sale Price $1,633,669
NOI $89,198
$/Square Foot $280
Building SF 7,000
Lot Size 0.5 - 1.5 Acres
Lease Term 15 Years
Escalations 10% Every 5 Years & Options
Stock Symbol AZO
Credit Rating
S&P BBB
Moody's Baa1
Average Cap Rate Trend
5.51%
2017
6.01%
2018
Rates reflect last 12 mos, short and long-term
Recent Sales Comps
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