Encore Capital Group Inc. (NASDAQ:ECPG) was upgraded by Zacks Investment Research from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a note issued to investors on Tuesday.

According to Zacks, “Encore Capital Group is a leading provider of debt management and recovery solutions for consumers and property owners across a broad range of assets. Through its subsidiaries, the company purchases portfolios of consumer receivables from major banks, credit unions, and utility providers, and partners with individuals as they repay their obligations and work toward financial recovery. Through its Propel Financial Services subsidiary, the company assists property owners who are delinquent on their property taxes by structuring affordable monthly payment plans. Encore’s success and future growth are driven by its sophisticated and widespread use of analytics, its broad investments in data and behavioral science, the significant cost advantages provided by its highly-efficient operating model and proven investment strategy, and the company’s demonstrated commitment to conducting business ethically and in ways that support its consumers’ financial recovery. “

Other research analysts also recently issued reports about the company. Citigroup Inc. reduced their price objective on Encore Capital Group from $32.00 to $31.00 and set a “buy” rating on the stock in a report on Monday, August 8th. Northland Securities downgraded Encore Capital Group from an “outperform” rating to a “market perform” rating and cut their price target for the company from $37.00 to $21.00 in a report on Friday, August 5th. Four investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and three have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock currently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $32.60.

Analyst Recommendations for Encore Capital Group (NASDAQ:ECPG)

Encore Capital Group (NASDAQ:ECPG) traded down 2.15% during mid-day trading on Tuesday, reaching $20.45. The company had a trading volume of 321,485 shares. The firm has a market capitalization of $522.01 million, a PE ratio of 12.27 and a beta of 1.55. The stock’s 50-day moving average price is $21.96 and its 200 day moving average price is $23.94. Encore Capital Group has a 52 week low of $16.09 and a 52 week high of $41.44.

Encore Capital Group (NASDAQ:ECPG) last released its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, August 4th. The company reported $1.29 EPS for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $1.21 by $0.08. The company had revenue of $289 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $296.97 million. Encore Capital Group had a return on equity of 21.89% and a net margin of 3.72%. Encore Capital Group’s quarterly revenue was up 2.1% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period last year, the business posted $1.21 EPS. On average, equities research analysts predict that Encore Capital Group will post $5.02 EPS for the current year.

In other Encore Capital Group news, Director Willem Mesdag acquired 25,000 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Monday, August 8th. The stock was purchased at an average price of $20.85 per share, with a total value of $521,250.00. Following the transaction, the director now directly owns 36,278 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $756,396.30. The acquisition was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is accessible through this hyperlink. 8.69% of the stock is owned by insiders.

Several hedge funds have recently bought and sold shares of ECPG. GW&K Investment Management LLC boosted its stake in Encore Capital Group by 12.2% in the second quarter. GW&K Investment Management LLC now owns 118,058 shares of the company’s stock worth $2,778,000 after buying an additional 12,822 shares during the last quarter. Louisiana State Employees Retirement System boosted its stake in Encore Capital Group by 1.0% in the second quarter. Louisiana State Employees Retirement System now owns 10,500 shares of the company’s stock worth $247,000 after buying an additional 100 shares during the last quarter. Bank of Montreal Can acquired a new stake in Encore Capital Group during the second quarter worth $1,211,000. BNP Paribas Arbitrage SA boosted its stake in Encore Capital Group by 138.3% in the second quarter. BNP Paribas Arbitrage SA now owns 7,512 shares of the company’s stock worth $177,000 after buying an additional 4,360 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Hillcrest Asset Management LLC acquired a new stake in Encore Capital Group during the first quarter worth $5,410,000.

Encore Capital Group Company Profile

Encore Capital Group, Inc, through its subsidiaries, is a specialty finance company providing debt recovery solutions for consumers and property owners across a range of financial assets. The Company operates through two segments: Portfolio Purchasing and Recovery, and Tax Lien Business. Its portfolio purchasing and recovery segment purchases portfolios of defaulted consumer receivables at discounts and manages them by partnering with individuals as they repay their obligations and work toward financial recovery.

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