Copart, Inc. CPRT announced that its board has cleared the split of its common stock in a two-for-one ratio. Shareholders will receive one additional share for every share held, in a stock dividend. The company’s CEO stated that the split will widen distribution as well as provide higher liquidity for the company stock.
The additional shares will be provided on Apr 10, after the market closes, to shareholders on record as of Apr 3. This move will double Copart’s outstanding shares from about 115 million to roughly 230 million shares.
The issue of new shares due to the split will also be adjusted to Copart’s equity investment plans which include stock, entitled to awards and available resources. Moreover, the company’s share buyback program will also be adjusted to reflect this split.
Copart occasionally repurchases shares to boost shareholder value. In fiscal 2016, the company repurchased 11.3 million shares for a weighted average price of $39.29. The company had also repurchased around 6.5 million shares for $233.5 million in Jul 2015.
Copart recorded adjusted earnings per share of 58 cents for second-quarter fiscal 2017 (ended Jan 31, 2016), up from 45 cents a year ago. Moreover, the earnings per share figure was in line with the Zacks Consensus Estimate.
The company’s revenues increased 16.6% to $349.5 million in the reported quarter. Further, the figure outpaced the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $339 million. Service revenues went up 19.1% to $310.03 million while revenues from vehicle sales grew 0.5% to $39.5 million.
Copart outperformed the Zacks categorized Auction and Valuation Services industry over the last three months. The stock gained 10.4% over this period while the industry witnessed a decline of 5.1%. Share price improved from geographical expansions and shares repurchases.
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Copart currently carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).
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For the long-term, Honda, Adient and Volkswagen has expected earnings growth rate of around 26%, 14.9% and 27.2%, respectively.
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