BidaskClub lowered shares of EZCORP (NASDAQ:EZPW) from a strong-buy rating to a buy rating in a research report sent to investors on Thursday.

A number of other equities analysts have also recently commented on the company. Zacks Investment Research cut EZCORP from a buy rating to a hold rating in a report on Tuesday, March 13th. ValuEngine upgraded EZCORP from a buy rating to a strong-buy rating in a report on Friday, February 2nd. Three equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, two have issued a buy rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the company. The stock currently has an average rating of Buy and an average target price of $13.50.

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Shares of EZCORP stock traded up $0.15 during trading on Thursday, reaching $13.25. The company had a trading volume of 128,401 shares, compared to its average volume of 647,455. EZCORP has a 12 month low of $7.55 and a 12 month high of $14.30. The stock has a market cap of $729.82, a PE ratio of 18.99 and a beta of 1.62. The company has a quick ratio of 5.47, a current ratio of 7.77 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.44.

EZCORP (NASDAQ:EZPW) last announced its earnings results on Wednesday, January 31st. The credit services provider reported $0.28 EPS for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.19 by $0.09. EZCORP had a return on equity of 6.40% and a net margin of 4.93%. The company had revenue of $204.50 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $204.39 million. During the same period last year, the business posted $0.15 EPS. EZCORP’s revenue for the quarter was up 6.2% on a year-over-year basis. equities research analysts anticipate that EZCORP will post 0.86 EPS for the current year.

Several institutional investors and hedge funds have recently made changes to their positions in the company. The Manufacturers Life Insurance Company boosted its stake in shares of EZCORP by 1.5% in the 2nd quarter. The Manufacturers Life Insurance Company now owns 40,886 shares of the credit services provider’s stock valued at $315,000 after buying an additional 617 shares during the period. Cambridge Investment Research Advisors Inc. boosted its stake in shares of EZCORP by 6.3% in the 4th quarter. Cambridge Investment Research Advisors Inc. now owns 73,821 shares of the credit services provider’s stock valued at $901,000 after buying an additional 4,376 shares during the period. Teachers Advisors LLC boosted its stake in shares of EZCORP by 5.4% in the 4th quarter. Teachers Advisors LLC now owns 88,238 shares of the credit services provider’s stock valued at $1,077,000 after buying an additional 4,514 shares during the period. Legal & General Group Plc boosted its stake in shares of EZCORP by 6.2% in the 3rd quarter. Legal & General Group Plc now owns 94,017 shares of the credit services provider’s stock valued at $898,000 after buying an additional 5,523 shares during the period. Finally, Crossmark Global Holdings Inc. boosted its stake in shares of EZCORP by 32.2% in the 4th quarter. Crossmark Global Holdings Inc. now owns 26,136 shares of the credit services provider’s stock valued at $319,000 after buying an additional 6,363 shares during the period. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 92.48% of the company’s stock.

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EZCORP Company Profile

EZCORP, Inc provides pawn loans in the United States and Mexico, and consumer loans in Mexico. The Company operates through three segments: U.S. Pawn, which includes its EZPAWN, Value Pawn & Jewelry and other branded pawn operations in the United States; Mexico Pawn, which includes its Empeno Facil pawn operations and cash converters buy/sell store operations in Mexico, and Other International, which includes its CASHMAX financial services operations in Canada and its equity interest in Cash Converters International.

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