EZCORP, Inc. (EZPW) Given “Buy” Rating at Jefferies Group LLC
A number of other brokerages also recently commented on EZPW. Zacks Investment Research downgraded EZCORP from a buy rating to a hold rating in a research report on Wednesday. Sidoti began coverage on EZCORP in a research report on Thursday, August 10th. They set a neutral rating on the stock. TheStreet upgraded EZCORP from a d+ rating to a c- rating in a research report on Friday, May 19th. Finally, BidaskClub upgraded EZCORP from a sell rating to a hold rating in a research report on Monday, July 24th. Five equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and one has issued a buy rating to the stock. The company has an average rating of Hold and a consensus target price of $9.42.
EZCORP (NASDAQ EZPW) traded down 0.55% on Thursday, reaching $9.10. The company had a trading volume of 232,863 shares. The stock’s 50 day moving average is $8.68 and its 200-day moving average is $8.56. The stock has a market capitalization of $494.09 million, a P/E ratio of 20.97 and a beta of 1.95. EZCORP has a 1-year low of $7.55 and a 1-year high of $12.00.
EZCORP (NASDAQ:EZPW) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Monday, July 31st. The credit services provider reported $0.10 EPS for the quarter, missing the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.11 by $0.01. EZCORP had a return on equity of 3.65% and a net margin of 3.16%. The company had revenue of $183.60 million for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $182.10 million. The company’s revenue for the quarter was up 7.9% compared to the same quarter last year. On average, equities analysts predict that EZCORP will post $0.54 EPS for the current fiscal year.
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A number of hedge funds have recently bought and sold shares of EZPW. Archon Capital Management LLC acquired a new stake in EZCORP during the second quarter worth $5,725,000. Huber Capital Management LLC increased its stake in EZCORP by 46.2% during the second quarter. Huber Capital Management LLC now owns 2,262,319 shares of the credit services provider’s stock worth $17,420,000 after acquiring an additional 715,233 shares during the last quarter. Rovida Advisors Inc. increased its stake in EZCORP by 20.8% during the second quarter. Rovida Advisors Inc. now owns 3,075,000 shares of the credit services provider’s stock worth $23,524,000 after acquiring an additional 528,591 shares during the last quarter. Lafitte Capital Management LP increased its stake in EZCORP by 8.4% during the first quarter. Lafitte Capital Management LP now owns 3,540,000 shares of the credit services provider’s stock worth $28,851,000 after acquiring an additional 275,127 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Dimensional Fund Advisors LP increased its stake in EZCORP by 6.7% during the second quarter. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP now owns 4,037,375 shares of the credit services provider’s stock worth $31,088,000 after acquiring an additional 253,768 shares during the last quarter. 89.43% of the stock is owned by institutional investors.
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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