EZCORP Inc (NASDAQ:EZPW) – Equities research analysts at Jefferies Group boosted their Q2 2018 EPS estimates for EZCORP in a report released on Wednesday. Jefferies Group analyst J. Hecht now anticipates that the credit services provider will earn $0.23 per share for the quarter, up from their previous forecast of $0.19. Jefferies Group has a “Buy” rating and a $13.00 price objective on the stock. Jefferies Group also issued estimates for EZCORP’s Q3 2018 earnings at $0.20 EPS, Q4 2018 earnings at $0.23 EPS, FY2018 earnings at $0.83 EPS, Q1 2019 earnings at $0.26 EPS, Q2 2019 earnings at $0.24 EPS, Q3 2019 earnings at $0.23 EPS, Q4 2019 earnings at $0.26 EPS and FY2019 earnings at $0.99 EPS.
EZCORP (NASDAQ:EZPW) last released its earnings results on Wednesday, November 15th. The credit services provider reported $0.21 EPS for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.11 by $0.10. The company had revenue of $182.07 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $188.84 million. EZCORP had a return on equity of 5.40% and a net margin of 4.26%. The business’s revenue for the quarter was down 1.4% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period last year, the firm earned ($0.31) EPS.
Other equities research analysts have also recently issued reports about the company. BidaskClub cut EZCORP from a “strong-buy” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Tuesday. ValuEngine raised EZCORP from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Sunday, December 31st. Finally, Zacks Investment Research cut EZCORP from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Wednesday, October 4th. Three analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and three have given a buy rating to the stock. The stock presently has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $13.00.
EZCORP (NASDAQ:EZPW) traded down $0.05 during midday trading on Thursday, hitting $12.05. The stock had a trading volume of 1,244,059 shares, compared to its average volume of 525,711. The firm has a market cap of $658.20, a PE ratio of 20.42 and a beta of 1.97. EZCORP has a one year low of $7.55 and a one year high of $12.50. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.43, a current ratio of 8.01 and a quick ratio of 5.88.
Large investors have recently bought and sold shares of the company. Campbell & CO Investment Adviser LLC bought a new position in shares of EZCORP in the 3rd quarter worth $114,000. Loews Corp boosted its position in shares of EZCORP by 55.2% in the 2nd quarter. Loews Corp now owns 19,391 shares of the credit services provider’s stock worth $149,000 after purchasing an additional 6,900 shares during the last quarter. Crossmark Global Holdings Inc. bought a new position in shares of EZCORP in the 3rd quarter worth $188,000. BNP Paribas Arbitrage SA boosted its position in shares of EZCORP by 41.3% in the 2nd quarter. BNP Paribas Arbitrage SA now owns 23,439 shares of the credit services provider’s stock worth $180,000 after purchasing an additional 6,853 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Voya Investment Management LLC boosted its position in shares of EZCORP by 13.9% in the 2nd quarter. Voya Investment Management LLC now owns 26,290 shares of the credit services provider’s stock worth $202,000 after purchasing an additional 3,208 shares during the last quarter. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 92.61% of the company’s stock.
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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