EZCORP Inc (EZPW) Given Consensus Rating of “Buy” by Analysts
Shares of EZCORP Inc (NASDAQ:EZPW) have been assigned an average rating of “Buy” from the seven ratings firms that are currently covering the firm, Marketbeat reports. Three analysts have rated the stock with a hold recommendation and three have given a buy recommendation to the company. The average 12-month price objective among brokers that have issued ratings on the stock in the last year is $13.00.
EZPW has been the subject of a number of research reports. Zacks Investment Research cut EZCORP from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Thursday, October 12th. BidaskClub cut EZCORP from a “strong-buy” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Tuesday, January 9th. Jefferies Group reiterated a “buy” rating and issued a $13.00 price objective on shares of EZCORP in a report on Friday, November 17th. Finally, ValuEngine upgraded EZCORP from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Thursday, November 16th.
EZCORP (NASDAQ:EZPW) traded down $0.05 during trading on Tuesday, reaching $12.05. The company had a trading volume of 1,244,000 shares, compared to its average volume of 756,156. EZCORP has a twelve month low of $7.55 and a twelve month high of $12.50. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.43, a quick ratio of 5.88 and a current ratio of 8.01. The stock has a market capitalization of $655.48, a PE ratio of 20.42 and a beta of 1.97.
EZCORP (NASDAQ:EZPW) last posted its earnings results on Wednesday, November 15th. The credit services provider reported $0.21 EPS for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.11 by $0.10. EZCORP had a return on equity of 5.40% and a net margin of 4.26%. The business had revenue of $182.07 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $188.84 million. During the same period in the previous year, the business earned ($0.31) earnings per share. The firm’s revenue was down 1.4% on a year-over-year basis. equities research analysts predict that EZCORP will post 0.84 EPS for the current year.
Institutional investors and hedge funds have recently bought and sold shares of the company. Campbell & CO Investment Adviser LLC purchased a new position in shares of EZCORP in the 3rd quarter worth about $114,000. BNP Paribas Arbitrage SA boosted its holdings in EZCORP by 41.3% during the 2nd quarter. BNP Paribas Arbitrage SA now owns 23,439 shares of the credit services provider’s stock valued at $180,000 after acquiring an additional 6,853 shares during the period. Crossmark Global Holdings Inc. purchased a new stake in EZCORP during the 3rd quarter valued at about $188,000. Voya Investment Management LLC boosted its holdings in EZCORP by 13.9% during the 2nd quarter. Voya Investment Management LLC now owns 26,290 shares of the credit services provider’s stock valued at $202,000 after acquiring an additional 3,208 shares during the period. Finally, Thrivent Financial For Lutherans boosted its holdings in EZCORP by 6.6% during the 2nd quarter. Thrivent Financial For Lutherans now owns 29,290 shares of the credit services provider’s stock valued at $226,000 after acquiring an additional 1,810 shares during the period. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 92.61% 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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