CarMax’s revenue surpassed the Street's expectations. Its earnings, however, fell short of analysts’ estimates.
The used-car retailer ‘s third-quarter revenue increased +11.5% year-over-year to $4.79 billion, exceeding analysts’ estimate of $4.68 billion.
Same-store sales climbed +7.5%, beating analysts' expectation of +6.2% . Strong conversion, bolstered by continued support from third-party lending partners, web traffic growth, and a favorable response to consumer initiatives boosted the results.
Used vehicle sales rose +13.6% to $4.03 billion, which is higher than analysts’ estimate of $3.97 billion. Wholesale vehicle sales increased +1.2%, missing expectations of $625.5 million.
Earnings for the quarter came in at $1.04 a share, missing analysts’ forecast of $1.14. The figure was also lower from the year-ago quarter’s $1.09 a share. Bill Nash, president and CEO, indicated that the earnings decline was largely due to higher stock-based compensation expense, reflecting an increasing share price and an increase in third-quarter advertising expense related to the company’s omni-channel launch and the roll-out of a new national advertising campaign.