SONIC AUTOMOTIVE, INC. (NYSE:SAH) Files An 8-K Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers

SONIC AUTOMOTIVE, INC. (NYSE:SAH) Files An 8-K Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers
Item 5.02. Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers.

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On February 13, 2019, the Compensation Committee of the Board of Directors (the “Compensation Committee”) of Sonic Automotive, Inc. (the “Company”) established the parameters for determining performance-based cash bonuses for the performance period of January 1, 2019 through December 31, 2019 (the “Performance Period”) for the following executive officers of the Company (the “Executive Officers”): Mr. O. Bruton Smith, Executive Chairman; Mr. David Bruton Smith, Chief Executive Officer; Mr. Jeff Dyke, President; and, Mr. Heath R. Byrd, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. The Compensation Committee established performance requirements consisting of achievement levels related to (1) adjusted earnings per share goals and (2) customer satisfaction performance goals based on the percentage of the Company’s dealerships that meet or exceed specified objectives, as reported by the respective manufacturers for such brands. Following completion of the Performance Period, the Compensation Committee will evaluate the Company’s achievement of the pre-established performance goals and will determine actual bonus amounts to be paid to the Executive Officers by no later than March 15, 2020. Also on February 13, 2019, the Compensation Committee approved base salaries to be effective as of March 1, 2019 for the Executive Officers in the following amounts: Mr. O. Bruton Smith, from $1,262,821 to $100,000; Mr. David Bruton Smith, from $1,113,638 to $1,113,638 (no change in current base salary level previously approved by the Compensation Committee); Mr. Jeff Dyke, from $994,358 to $994,358 (no change in current base salary level previously approved by the Compensation Committee); and Mr. Heath R. Byrd, from $775,000 to $775,000 (no change in current base salary level previously approved by the Compensation Committee).

About SONIC AUTOMOTIVE, INC. (NYSE:SAH)

Sonic Automotive, Inc. is an automotive retailer in the United States. The Company’s operating segments include Franchised Dealerships and EchoPark. The Company’s Franchised Dealerships segment consists of traditional retail automotive franchises that sell new and used vehicles, replacement parts and vehicle repair and maintenance services, and finance and insurance products. The EchoPark segment consists of standalone pre-owned specialty retail locations that provide customers an opportunity to search, buy, service and sell their pre-owned vehicles. The Company’s dealerships provide services, including sales of both new and used cars, and light trucks; sales of replacement parts; performance of vehicle maintenance; manufacturer warranty repairs; paint and collision repair services, and arrangement of extended warranties, service contracts, financing, insurance and other aftermarket products for its customers. The Company’s specialty retail locations operate under the EchoPark brand.

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