EZCORP, Inc. (NASDAQ:EZPW) Raised to “Hold” at BidaskClub

BidaskClub upgraded shares of EZCORP, Inc. (NASDAQ:EZPW) from a sell rating to a hold rating in a research note released on Monday, July 24th.

EZPW has been the topic of several other reports. TheStreet raised shares of EZCORP from a d+ rating to a c- rating in a report on Friday, May 19th. Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of EZCORP from a buy rating to a hold rating in a research report on Friday, May 5th. Stephens upgraded shares of EZCORP from an underweight rating to an equal weight rating in a research report on Friday, April 7th. They noted that the move was a valuation call. Finally, Jefferies Group LLC reiterated a hold rating and issued a $10.50 target price on shares of EZCORP in a research report on Friday, June 16th. Four equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and two have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. EZCORP currently has a consensus rating of Hold and an average target price of $9.42.

Shares of EZCORP (NASDAQ:EZPW) opened at 8.80 on Monday. EZCORP has a 1-year low of $7.55 and a 1-year high of $12.00. The stock has a 50 day moving average of $8.21 and a 200 day moving average of $8.61. The stock has a market cap of $477.80 million, a PE ratio of 20.28 and a beta of 1.98.

EZCORP (NASDAQ:EZPW) last released its earnings results on Monday, July 31st. The credit services provider reported $0.10 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.11 by $0.01. The company had revenue of $183.60 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $182.10 million. EZCORP had a net margin of 3.16% and a return on equity of 3.65%. The business’s revenue for the quarter was up 7.9% compared to the same quarter last year. Equities research analysts forecast that EZCORP will post $0.53 EPS for the current year.

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A number of large investors have recently modified their holdings of EZPW. Texas Permanent School Fund increased 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 worth $274,000 after buying an additional 297 shares during the last quarter. Wellington Management Group LLP increased its stake in shares of EZCORP by 2.2% in the first quarter. Wellington Management Group LLP now owns 13,848 shares of the credit services provider’s stock worth $113,000 after buying an additional 300 shares during the last quarter. Prudential Financial Inc. raised its stake in EZCORP by 0.4% in the first quarter. Prudential Financial Inc. now owns 83,046 shares of the credit services provider’s stock worth $677,000 after buying an additional 310 shares in the last quarter. Louisiana State Employees Retirement System raised its stake in EZCORP by 2.1% in the first quarter. Louisiana State Employees Retirement System now owns 19,900 shares of the credit services provider’s stock worth $162,000 after buying an additional 400 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Sigma Planning Corp raised its stake in EZCORP by 2.2% in the second quarter. Sigma Planning Corp now owns 20,520 shares of the credit services provider’s stock worth $158,000 after buying an additional 450 shares in the last quarter. 87.37% of the stock is owned by institutional investors.

About EZCORP

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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