Stock on the Move: CarMax Inc. (NYSE:KMX)

CarMax Inc. (NYSE:KMX) reported earnings for the three months ended May 2016 on June 21, 2016. The company earned $0.9 per share on revenue of $4.13B. Analysts had been modeling earning per share of $0.92 with $4.19B in revenue.

CarMax Inc. (NYSE:KMX) reported results for the first quarter ended May 31, 2016.

  • Net sales and operating revenues increased 2.8% to $4.13 billion.
  • Used unit sales in comparable stores increased 0.2%.
  • Total used unit sales rose 4.0%.
  • Total wholesale unit sales increased 1.8%.
  • CarMax Auto Finance (CAF) income declined 7.7% to $100.8 million.
  • Net earnings declined 3.6% to $175.4 million, while net earnings per diluted share rose 4.7% to $0.90.

First Quarter Business Performance Review

Sales. Total used vehicle unit sales grew 4.0% and comparable store used unit sales rose 0.2% versus the prior year’s first quarter. The comparable store sales performance reflected the combination of an improvement in conversion that more than offset a decrease in store traffic. Our sales performance included a reduction in the Tier 3 sales mix to 11.9% of used unit sales from 14.7% in the prior year’s first quarter. Tier 3 sales represent those financed by our Tier 3 third-party finance providers (those to whom we pay a fee) and those in CAF’s Tier 3 loan origination program. For the non-Tier 3 customer base, comparable store used unit sales rose 3.6%.

Wholesale vehicle unit sales grew 1.8% versus the first quarter of fiscal 2016, primarily driven by the growth in our store base.

Other sales and revenues declined 10.9% year-over-year, primarily reflecting a decrease in new vehicle sales (which are now included in other sales and revenues) due to the disposal of two of our four new car franchises during fiscal 2016. Extended protection plan (EPP) revenues increased 6.3%, largely reflecting improved margins and the growth in our used unit sales. Net third-party finance fees improved by 29.8%, primarily due to the reduced proportion of our sales attributable to Tier 3 finance providers.

Gross Profit. Total gross profit increased 5.3% versus last year’s first quarter, to $572.6 million. Used vehicle gross profit rose 4.1%, driven by the 4.0% increase in total used unit sales. Used vehicle gross profit per unit was consistent at $2,202 versus $2,200 in the prior year period. Wholesale vehicle gross profit declined 1.9% versus the prior year’s quarter, as the 1.8% increase in wholesale unit sales was offset by a decrease in wholesale vehicle gross profit per unit to $995 from $1,032. Other gross profit rose 20.9%, primarily reflecting the improvements in EPP revenues and net third-party finance fees. The decrease in new vehicle sales did not significantly affect other gross profit.

SG&A. Compared with the first quarter of fiscal 2016, SG&A expenses increased 8.7% to $380.2 million. The growth primarily reflected the 11% increase in our store base since the beginning of last year’s first quarter (representing the addition of 16 stores), as well as a $7.0 million increase in share-based compensation expense. SG&A per used unit was $2,223 in the current quarter, up $97 year-over-year, of which $36 was attributable to the higher share-based compensation expense.

CarMax Auto Finance.(1) Compared with last year’s first quarter, CAF income declined 7.7% to $100.8 million. The decline was due to an increase in the provision for loan losses and a lower total interest margin percentage, partially offset by the effects of an increase in average managed receivables. The increase in the provision for loan losses reflected the combined effects of: favorable loss experience in the prior year’s quarter, which reduced last year’s provision; some unfavorable loss experience in the current year’s quarter; and the growth in managed receivables. Average managed receivables grew 12.5% to $9.75 billion. The total interest margin, which reflects the spread between interest and fees charged to consumers and our funding costs, declined to 5.9% of average managed receivables from 6.3% in last year’s first quarter. The allowance for loan losses as a percentage of ending managed receivables was 1.05% as of May 31, 2016, compared with 0.94% as of May 31, 2015.

Interest Expense. Interest expense rose to $11.1 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2017 from $7.1 million in the prior year’s quarter. The increase reflected the combination of growth in our finance and capital lease obligations, which resulted from the recent extension of select store leases beyond their original term, as well as higher average outstanding debt levels in fiscal 2017. During the current year’s quarter, we entered into a note purchase agreement to sell $500 million of senior unsecured notes, due in 2023, 2026 and 2028, to investors in a private placement. Of this amount, $300 million was sold during the first quarter and $200 million will be sold in the second quarter. The proceeds of the first quarter sale of notes were primarily used to reduce outstanding revolving credit borrowings.

CarMax Inc. earnings per share showed an increasing trend of 11% for the current fiscal year. The company’s expected EPS growth rate for next fiscal year is 361%.Analysts project EPS growth over the next 5 years at 14.33%. It has EPS annual growth over the past 5 fiscal years of 12.9% when sales grew 11. It reported 5.5% sales growth, and 6.2% EPS growth in the last quarter.

The stock is trading at $46.98, up 13.89% from 52-week low of $41.25. The stock trades down -32.06% from its peak of $68.99 and % below the consensus price target of $59.25. Its volume clocked up at 3.71 million shares which is higher than the average volume of 2.9 million shares. Its market capitalization currently stands at $9.01B.

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