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CarMax's (KMX) Q4 Earnings Beat Estimates, Rise 13.8% Y/Y

CarMax Inc. KMX, headquartered in Richmond, VA, operates as a specialty retailer of used vehicles as well as new vehicles. The company is poised to benefit from its focus on the used-car market, which helps it to outperform the industry. CarMax is among the strongest operators in its peer group.

Furthermore, the company’s pursues an aggressive store growth policy, driven by improvements in the sales environment in the U.S. New stores help the company to penetrate into new markets and thus, boost its results. However, rising competition in the used-car market is highly challenging for the company.

Estimate Trend & Surprise History

Investors should note that the fourth-quarter earnings estimate for CarMax remained unchanged over the past month.

The company has delivered positive earnings surprises. It has beaten the Zacks Consensus Estimate in 3 of the trailing 4 quarters with an average beat of around 1.87%. Thus investors have been eagerly awaiting CarMax latest earnings report.

We have highlighted some of the key stats from this just-revealed announcement below:

Earnings

CarMax’ earnings increased 13.8% to 74 cents per share in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2016, surpassing the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 71 cents.

Revenues

CarMax reported revenues of $3.71 billion, up 5.5% year over year. Revenues surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $3.68 billion.

Key Stats/Developments to Note

During the fourth quarter of fiscal 2016, CarMax opened five stores including three stores in new markets (two in Boston and one in Peoria/Bloomington) and the remaining two in existing markets (one in Atlanta and the other in St. Louis). In fiscal 2016, the company opened 14 stores and relocated 1 store. As of Feb 29, 2016 CarMax operates with 158 used car stores.

Zacks Rank

Currently, CarMax has a Zacks Rank #4 (Sell), but that could change following its earnings report which has just released.

Market Reaction

CarMax’ shares were inactive following the release. It would be interesting to see how the market reacts to the results during the trading session today.

Check back later for our full write up on CarMax’ earnings report!

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