Can CRMT Accelerate Growth After Earnings?

Analyzing America's Car-Mart stock as a potential long-term value investment

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America's Car-Mart, Inc. (NASDAQ:CRMT) is one of the largest publicly held automotive retailers in the United States. CRMT operates 151 automotive dealerships in twelve states. The company operates dealerships primarily in smaller cities throughout the South-Central United States, selling used vehicles and providing financing for its customers.

America’s Car-Mart is scheduled to release its fiscal fourth-quarter and fiscal full-year 2021 financial results after the market closes on Monday, May 24. CRMT has outperformed Wall Street's earnings expectations on all four of its most recent earnings reports. This includes a massive win during the third-quarter of last year, in which CRMT's earnings surged to $2.83 per share, beating estimates by a margin of $1.38

.The stock has a history of mostly positive post-earnings returns. The sessions following six of its last eight earnings reports were positive. The equity has averaged a next day return of 4.4% during these past two years, regardless of direction, slightly lower than the 5.9% move the options pits are pricing in this time around. 

CRMT has increased 100.9% in the past 12 months and are up 34% year-to-date. America's Car-Mart stock is also currently trading down less than 12% from its record high of $165.00, though the 80-day moving average has kept most of these losses in check. 

America’s Car-Mart stock is an intriguing value play considering the its low price-earnings ratio and the company's consistent top- and bottom-line growth. America's Car-Mart stock currently trades at a price-earnings ratio of 14.45. CRMT’s trailing 12-month revenues are already up 12% compared to what was reported for fiscal 2020 and its revenues have grown by 36% since fiscal 2018.

Additionally, CRMT's net income has also increased by 36% since the end of its last fiscal year and has grown 91.4% since fiscal 2018. The only fundamental flaw for America's Car-Mart stock lies in its company balance sheet. The company carries $275 million in total debt and holds an exceptionally low cash balance of $4.16 million. Nonetheless, the stock has strong potential as a long-term investment. In general, CRMT is a low-risk value play which means investors can likely expect decent returns, but not extraordinary growth.

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