CarMax stock (NYSE:KMX) plummeted significantly on Thursday after the vehicle-buying website revealed lower-than-expected second-quarter profitability despite a reduction in overall sales.
This indicates that there is a downturn in the market for used automobiles. As a result of falling short of analysts’ expectations for both profit and sales during the August quarter, CarMax’s chief executive officer, Bill Nash, referred to the used automotive industry as facing a “challenge.”
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For the three months that ended in August, CarMax reported profits of 79 cents per share, which is a reduction of 54% compared to the same period last year and is well below the forecast of the Street of $1.39 per share. CarMax reported that group sales climbed by 1% to $8.1 billion, below the $8.54 billion analysts had anticipated for the company.
According to the information provided by the company, retail car sales dropped by 6.4% to 216,939 units, and sales of used vehicles at comparable outlets fell by 8.3%.
“Even though the pre-owned automotive industry had a challenging quarter, our ongoing efforts to improve and expand our omnichannel experience continue to favorably distinguish us and allow us to gain our market share,” said CEO Bill Nash. “[T]he industry as a whole had a challenging year.”
According to the corporation, “As we deal with the near-term headwinds that our industry is facing, we are tightening our emphasis on producing greater operational efficiency throughout our organization.” “And so forth,” he went on. “We will also continue to strive to meet our long-term objectives, such as strengthening our omnichannel experience for consumers and colleagues by increasing the seamlessness of our online and in-store offers and expanding our diverse business model.” “We will also continue to strive to meet our short-term objectives.”
Following the company’s quarterly results release, CarMax stock(NYSE:KMX) opened for trading on Thursday morning, down 22.3% at $67.25, bringing the stock’s loss for the year to date to almost 47%.
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