BNP Paribas Arbitrage SA increased its holdings in EZCORP, Inc. (NASDAQ:EZPW) by 38.1% during the third quarter, according to the company in its most recent 13F filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The firm owned 32,379 shares of the credit services provider’s stock after purchasing an additional 8,940 shares during the quarter. BNP Paribas Arbitrage SA owned 0.06% of EZCORP worth $308,000 as of its most recent filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission.
Other large investors have also modified their holdings of the company. Federated Investors Inc. PA raised its position in EZCORP by 59.3% in the 2nd quarter. Federated Investors Inc. PA now owns 218,507 shares of the credit services provider’s stock worth $1,683,000 after purchasing an additional 81,356 shares during the period. Marshall Wace North America L.P. purchased a new position in EZCORP in the 2nd quarter worth $1,325,000. Rovida Advisors Inc. raised its position in EZCORP by 20.8% in the 2nd quarter. Rovida Advisors Inc. now owns 3,075,000 shares of the credit services provider’s stock worth $23,524,000 after purchasing an additional 528,591 shares during the period. CNA Financial Corp raised its position in EZCORP by 79.8% in the 2nd quarter. CNA Financial Corp now owns 73,900 shares of the credit services provider’s stock worth $569,000 after purchasing an additional 32,800 shares during the period. Finally, Victory Capital Management Inc. raised its position in EZCORP by 20.9% in the 2nd quarter. Victory Capital Management Inc. now owns 154,192 shares of the credit services provider’s stock worth $1,187,000 after purchasing an additional 26,605 shares during the period. Institutional investors own 92.65% of the company’s stock.
A number of equities analysts recently commented on EZPW shares. Zacks Investment Research cut shares of EZCORP from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Wednesday, September 6th. Jefferies Group restated a “buy” rating on shares of EZCORP in a research report on Thursday, September 7th. Finally, ValuEngine upgraded shares of EZCORP from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Thursday, November 16th. Four investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and two have given a buy rating to the company. The stock currently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $11.33.
EZCORP (NASDAQ:EZPW) last released its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, November 15th. The credit services provider reported $0.21 earnings per share (EPS) 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 firm had revenue of $182.07 million for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $188.84 million. During the same quarter in the previous year, the company earned ($0.31) earnings per share. The company’s revenue for the quarter was down 1.4% compared to the same quarter last year. equities research analysts expect that EZCORP, Inc. will post 0.79 EPS for the current fiscal year.
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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