O'Reilly Automative Inc. IPO to 2010: The Power of High-Quality Compounders

How has O’Reilly Automotive optimized the barriers to entry in its industry to achieve a high level of continued success?

Tano Santos, Jeff Mueller  | Fall 2019
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O’Reilly Automotive, a leader in the aftermarket auto parts space, has consistently generated healthy returns for its shareholders, time and again outperforming the S & P. Operating on the belief that it can defeat its competition through operational efficiency and improved service, the company has achieved remarkable acquisition-driven, self-funded growth, even holding its own during economic downturns. This case asks students to analyze what management strategies and industry-specific factors have contributed to O’Reilly’s success… and what investors should focus on “to find the next O’Reilly.”

Case ID: 200303

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