CarMax Inc. ( KMX Quick Quote KMX - Free Report) reported third-quarter fiscal 2022 (ended Nov 30, 2021) net earnings per share of $1.53, beating the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $1.48. This outperformance can be attributed to higher-than-anticipated revenues from the company’s used and wholesale vehicles segment. The bottom line also increased from $1.42 per share recorded in the year-ago period.
The auto retailer registered revenues of $8,527.8 million for the November-end quarter, beating the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $7,891 million. Also, the top line recorded a 64.5% year-over-year increase.
CarMax’s used-vehicle net sales summed $6,435.6 million for the reported quarter, up 53% year over year owing to an increase in average retail selling prices and higher unit sales. The metric also surpassed the consensus mark of $6,070 million. The units sold in this segment edged up 16.9% year over year to 227,424 vehicles. The average selling price of used vehicles soared 30.8% from the year-ago quarter to $27,995. Comparable store used-vehicle units grew 15.8%, while revenues climbed 51.4% from the prior-year level. Used-vehicle gross profit per unit (GPU) came in at $2,235, up from the prior-year quarter’s $2,151.
For the fiscal third quarter, wholesale vehicle revenues skyrocketed 132.1% from the year-ago level to $1,922.3 million. The reported figure also beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $1,508 million. Units sold and average selling price surged 48.5% and 58.4% year over year to 187,630 and $9,890, respectively. Wholesale vehicle GPU came in at $1,131, which increased from the year-ago period’s $906.
Other sales and revenues rose 15.7% year over year to $169.9 million for the fiscal third quarter. CarMax Auto Finance witnessed a 5.9% year-over-year decline in income to $166 million for the November-end quarter.
Selling, general and administrative expenses flared up 33.7% from the prior-year quarter to $575.9 million. The firm had cash/cash equivalents and long-term debt of $62.6 million and $2,602.6 million, respectively, as of Nov 30, 2021.
During the fiscal third quarter, CarMax bought back 0.9 million shares of common stock for $115.3 million under the share repurchase program. As of Nov 31, 2021, it had $876.2 million remaining under the share-repurchase authorization.
The Zacks Rank #3 (Hold) company opened one new location during the fiscal third quarter and aims to open four new stores in the fiscal fourth quarter. You can see
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