Why CarMax Will Keep Zooming

Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, used-vehicle retailer CarMax (NYSE: KMX  ) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

With that in mind, let's take a closer look at CarMax and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.

CarMax facts

Headquarters (Founded)

Richmond, Va. (1993)

Market Cap

$10.8 billion

Industry

Automotive retail

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$11.8 billion

Management

CEO Thomas Folliard (since 2006)
CFO Thomas Reedy (since 2010)

Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years)

16.5%

Cash/Debt

$725.3 million / $6.7 billion

Competitors

AutoNation (NYSE: AN  )
Penske Automotive Group
(NYSE: PAG  )

Sources: S&P Capital IQ and Motley Fool CAPS.

On CAPS, 91% of the 1,041 members who have rated CarMax believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.   

Earlier this week, one of those Fools, TMFTailwind, succinctly summed up the CarMax bull case for our community:

This big-box retailer of used cars is the market leader in a very fragmented industry, currently commanding only about a 3% market share. KMX clearly differentiates itself from its competitors (think stereotypical used-car salesmen) with its no-haggle, low-pressure sales approach and nationwide network of stores and available cars. I believe KMX has a tremendous opportunity to continue to build new stores in underserved markets and thus capture incremental market share. Scale, customer satisfaction, and value proposition are all reasons why KMX has a good chance at achieving market-beating returns.  

If you want market-thumping returns, you need to put together the best portfolio you can. Of course, despite a strong four-star rating, CarMax may not be your top choice.

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