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Penske Profits From Clunkers

Entrepreneur’s auto group makes big Q3 gains.

by on Oct.30, 2009

On or off the track, Roger Penske has a reputation for turning things to his advantage.

On or off the track, Roger Penske has a reputation for turning things to his advantage.

Roger Penske has a way of turning things to his own advantage.  And the recently-concluded Cash-for-Clunkers program provided him yet another opportunity to work that corporate magic.

The Penske Automotive Group, run by the Detroit-based entrepreneur and motor sports legend, posted a solid 23% increase in third-quarter profits with the federally-funded program, designed to drive up domestic car sales, providing a significant boost.

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The group’s net income came to $27.4 million, or 30 cents per share, up from $22.2 million, or 24 cents per share, the year before.  Excluding one-time charges, earnings came to 34 cents a share, a bit ahead of analyst forecasts.  Revenues fell 13%, to $2.6 billion.

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