JPMorgan Chase & Co. raised its holdings in EZCORP, Inc. (NASDAQ:EZPW) by 25.2% during the third quarter, according to its most recent disclosure with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The institutional investor owned 2,045,860 shares of the credit services provider’s stock after buying an additional 411,457 shares during the period. JPMorgan Chase & Co. owned about 3.77% of EZCORP worth $20,970,000 as of its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Several other institutional investors have also added to or reduced their stakes in the business. Texas Permanent School Fund lifted its stake in shares of EZCORP by 0.8% in the second quarter. Texas Permanent School Fund now owns 35,597 shares of the credit services provider’s stock valued at $274,000 after buying an additional 297 shares in the last quarter. Sigma Planning Corp lifted its stake in shares of EZCORP by 2.2% in the second quarter. Sigma Planning Corp now owns 20,520 shares of the credit services provider’s stock valued at $158,000 after buying an additional 450 shares in the last quarter. Los Angeles Capital Management & Equity Research Inc. lifted its stake in shares of EZCORP by 0.4% in the second quarter. Los Angeles Capital Management & Equity Research Inc. now owns 119,608 shares of the credit services provider’s stock valued at $921,000 after buying an additional 500 shares in the last quarter. The Manufacturers Life Insurance Company lifted its stake in shares of EZCORP by 1.5% in the second 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 in the last quarter. Finally, Thrivent Financial For Lutherans lifted its stake in shares of EZCORP by 6.6% in the second quarter. Thrivent Financial For Lutherans now owns 29,290 shares of the credit services provider’s stock valued at $226,000 after buying an additional 1,810 shares in the last quarter. 92.65% of the stock is currently owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

EZCORP, Inc. (NASDAQ EZPW) opened at $12.25 on Friday. The company has a current ratio of 8.01, a quick ratio of 5.88 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.43. EZCORP, Inc. has a 12-month low of $7.55 and a 12-month high of $12.50. The firm has a market cap of $647.32, a PE ratio of 19.51 and a beta of 1.97.

EZCORP (NASDAQ:EZPW) last released its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, November 15th. The credit services provider reported $0.21 earnings per share for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.11 by $0.10. EZCORP had a net margin of 4.26% and a return on equity of 5.40%. The company had revenue of $182.07 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $188.84 million. During the same period last year, the firm earned ($0.31) earnings per share. The firm’s revenue was down 1.4% on a year-over-year basis. research analysts predict that EZCORP, Inc. will post 0.79 EPS for the current fiscal year.

A number of research analysts have weighed in on the stock. Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of EZCORP from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Thursday, October 12th. Jefferies Group reaffirmed a “buy” rating and issued a $13.00 price objective on shares of EZCORP in a research note on Friday, November 17th. Finally, ValuEngine raised shares of EZCORP from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Thursday, November 16th. Four research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and two have given a buy rating to the stock. EZCORP has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $11.33.

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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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