Research Analysts Set Expectations for Ezcorp Inc.’s Q4 2017 Earnings (EZPW)
Ezcorp Inc. (NASDAQ:EZPW) – Research analysts at Jefferies Group boosted their Q4 2017 earnings per share estimates for shares of Ezcorp in a research report issued to clients and investors on Tuesday. Jefferies Group analyst J. Hecht now expects that the firm will post earnings per share of $0.16 for the quarter, up from their prior estimate of $0.15. Jefferies Group has a “Hold” rating and a $11.00 price objective on the stock.
Ezcorp (NASDAQ:EZPW) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, August 9th. The company reported $0.05 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of ($0.01) by $0.06. Ezcorp had a negative return on equity of 3.34% and a negative net margin of 23.29%.
Other equities analysts have also recently issued reports about the company. CL King raised Ezcorp from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $11.25 price objective for the company in a report on Wednesday, August 17th. Zacks Investment Research raised Ezcorp from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $10.00 price objective for the company in a report on Friday, August 12th. Finally, Wells Fargo & Co. raised Ezcorp from a “market perform” rating to an “outperform” rating in a report on Thursday, July 7th. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, two have given a hold rating and two have given a buy rating to the stock. Ezcorp currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $11.08.
Shares of Ezcorp (NASDAQ:EZPW) traded down 0.27% on Thursday, reaching $10.90. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 273,615 shares. The company’s market capitalization is $588.39 million. Ezcorp has a 1-year low of $2.44 and a 1-year high of $11.33. The stock has a 50-day moving average price of $10.37 and a 200-day moving average price of $7.77.
Several large investors have recently made changes to their positions in EZPW. BlackRock Inc. increased its stake in shares of Ezcorp by 295.2% in the second quarter. BlackRock Inc. now owns 14,433 shares of the company’s stock worth $110,000 after buying an additional 10,781 shares in the last quarter. BNP Paribas Arbitrage SA increased its stake in shares of Ezcorp by 70.6% in the second quarter. BNP Paribas Arbitrage SA now owns 16,631 shares of the company’s stock worth $126,000 after buying an additional 6,885 shares in the last quarter. Profund Advisors LLC increased its stake in shares of Ezcorp by 2.2% in the second quarter. Profund Advisors LLC now owns 16,790 shares of the company’s stock worth $127,000 after buying an additional 356 shares in the last quarter. Jefferies Group LLC acquired a new stake in shares of Ezcorp during the second quarter worth approximately $128,000. Finally, Sigma Planning Corp increased its stake in shares of Ezcorp by 35.5% in the second quarter. Sigma Planning Corp now owns 19,845 shares of the company’s stock worth $150,000 after buying an additional 5,200 shares in the last quarter. 79.56% of the stock is owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.
EZCORP, Inc provides pawn loans in the United States and Mexico, and consumer loans in Mexico. The Company operates through four segments: U.S. Pawn, which includes its EZPAWN, value pawn and 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; Grupo Finmart, which includes its Crediamigo and Adex payroll withholding loan 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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