Head to Head Comparison: CarMax (KMX) versus Its Peers

CarMax (NYSE: KMX) is one of 20 public companies in the “Automotive dealers & gasoline service stations” industry, but how does it contrast to its rivals? We will compare CarMax to related businesses based on the strength of its valuation, risk, analyst recommendations, profitability, dividends, earnings and institutional ownership.

Risk and Volatility

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CarMax has a beta of 1.55, suggesting that its stock price is 55% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, CarMax’s rivals have a beta of 9.98, suggesting that their average stock price is 898% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares CarMax and its rivals gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
CarMax $17.12 billion $664.11 million 16.53
CarMax Competitors $8.01 billion $220.42 million 12.00

CarMax has higher revenue and earnings than its rivals. CarMax is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its rivals, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and price targets for CarMax and its rivals, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
CarMax 0 5 13 0 2.72
CarMax Competitors 115 622 667 29 2.43

CarMax currently has a consensus target price of $78.50, suggesting a potential upside of 28.34%. As a group, “Automotive dealers & gasoline service stations” companies have a potential upside of 16.02%. Given CarMax’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe CarMax is more favorable than its rivals.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

62.1% of shares of all “Automotive dealers & gasoline service stations” companies are held by institutional investors. 1.7% of CarMax shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 16.5% of shares of all “Automotive dealers & gasoline service stations” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.


This table compares CarMax and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
CarMax 3.88% 21.09% 4.02%
CarMax Competitors 3.22% 33.52% 3.60%


CarMax beats its rivals on 8 of the 13 factors compared.

CarMax Company Profile

CarMax Inc., through its subsidiaries, operates as a retailer of used vehicles in the United States. The company operates in two segments, CarMax Sales Operations and CarMax Auto Finance. It offers customers a range of makes and models of used vehicles, including domestic and imported vehicles; sells vehicles that do not meet its retail standards to licensed dealers through on-site wholesale auctions; and provides extended protection plans to customers at the time of sale. The company also offers reconditioning and vehicle repair services; and provides financing alternatives for retail customers across a range of credit spectrum through its CarMax Auto Finance and arrangements with various financial institutions. In addition, it sells new vehicles under franchise agreements. As of December 21, 2017, the company operated 185 used car stores in 39 states. CarMax Inc. was founded in 1993 and is based in Richmond, Virginia.

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