EZCORP (EZPW) – Investment Analysts’ Weekly Ratings Updates

EZCORP (NASDAQ: EZPW) recently received a number of ratings updates from brokerages and research firms:

  • 8/27/2019 – EZCORP was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating. According to Zacks, “Ezcorp Inc. is engaged in establishing, acquiring, and operating pawnshops which function as convenient sources of consumer credit and as value-oriented specialty retailers of primarily previously owned merchandise. Through its lending function, the company makes relatively small, non-recourse loans secured by pledges of tangible personal property. The company contracts for a pawn service charge to compensate it for each pawn loan. “
  • 8/21/2019 – EZCORP was downgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating. According to Zacks, “Ezcorp Inc. is engaged in establishing, acquiring, and operating pawnshops which function as convenient sources of consumer credit and as value-oriented specialty retailers of primarily previously owned merchandise. Through its lending function, the company makes relatively small, non-recourse loans secured by pledges of tangible personal property. The company contracts for a pawn service charge to compensate it for each pawn loan. “
  • 8/15/2019 – EZCORP was downgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating.
  • 8/12/2019 – EZCORP was downgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating. According to Zacks, “Ezcorp Inc. is engaged in establishing, acquiring, and operating pawnshops which function as convenient sources of consumer credit and as value-oriented specialty retailers of primarily previously owned merchandise. Through its lending function, the company makes relatively small, non-recourse loans secured by pledges of tangible personal property. The company contracts for a pawn service charge to compensate it for each pawn loan. “
  • 8/6/2019 – EZCORP was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating. According to Zacks, “Ezcorp Inc. is engaged in establishing, acquiring, and operating pawnshops which function as convenient sources of consumer credit and as value-oriented specialty retailers of primarily previously owned merchandise. Through its lending function, the company makes relatively small, non-recourse loans secured by pledges of tangible personal property. The company contracts for a pawn service charge to compensate it for each pawn loan. “
  • 8/5/2019 – EZCORP was downgraded by analysts at TheStreet from a “b-” rating to a “c” rating.
  • 8/1/2019 – EZCORP was downgraded by analysts at ValuEngine from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating.
  • 7/31/2019 – EZCORP was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating. According to Zacks, “Ezcorp Inc. is engaged in establishing, acquiring, and operating pawnshops which function as convenient sources of consumer credit and as value-oriented specialty retailers of primarily previously owned merchandise. Through its lending function, the company makes relatively small, non-recourse loans secured by pledges of tangible personal property. The company contracts for a pawn service charge to compensate it for each pawn loan. “
  • 7/17/2019 – EZCORP was upgraded by analysts at ValuEngine from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating.
  • 7/12/2019 – EZCORP was downgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating.
  • 7/11/2019 – EZCORP was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating. According to Zacks, “Ezcorp Inc. is engaged in establishing, acquiring, and operating pawnshops which function as convenient sources of consumer credit and as value-oriented specialty retailers of primarily previously owned merchandise. Through its lending function, the company makes relatively small, non-recourse loans secured by pledges of tangible personal property. The company contracts for a pawn service charge to compensate it for each pawn loan. “
  • 7/2/2019 – EZCORP was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating.

EZPW traded down $0.19 on Friday, hitting $7.87. 192,655 shares of the company were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 395,909. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.32, a quick ratio of 5.66 and a current ratio of 8.07. The business’s fifty day moving average is $8.90 and its 200 day moving average is $9.52. EZCORP Inc has a fifty-two week low of $7.45 and a fifty-two week high of $11.25. The firm has a market capitalization of $443.01 million, a P/E ratio of 9.96 and a beta of 1.73.

EZCORP (NASDAQ:EZPW) last issued its earnings results on Wednesday, July 31st. The credit services provider reported $0.18 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $0.15 by $0.03. EZCORP had a net margin of 0.26% and a return on equity of 6.52%. The company had revenue of $206.92 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $216.17 million. During the same period in the prior year, the business posted $0.15 earnings per share. The firm’s revenue for the quarter was up 3.7% compared to the same quarter last year. Analysts forecast that EZCORP Inc will post 0.9 EPS for the current fiscal year.

A number of institutional investors and hedge funds have recently modified their holdings of the business. Quantamental Technologies LLC grew its position in shares of EZCORP by 373.3% in the second quarter. Quantamental Technologies LLC now owns 5,112 shares of the credit services provider’s stock valued at $48,000 after purchasing an additional 4,032 shares during the last quarter. Bank of Montreal Can grew its position in shares of EZCORP by 320.5% in the second quarter. Bank of Montreal Can now owns 5,630 shares of the credit services provider’s stock valued at $54,000 after purchasing an additional 4,291 shares during the last quarter. Ellington Management Group LLC acquired a new stake in shares of EZCORP in the second quarter valued at approximately $100,000. BNP Paribas Arbitrage SA grew its position in shares of EZCORP by 98.7% in the first quarter. BNP Paribas Arbitrage SA now owns 11,706 shares of the credit services provider’s stock valued at $109,000 after purchasing an additional 5,814 shares during the last quarter. Finally, First Citizens Bank & Trust Co. acquired a new stake in shares of EZCORP in the second quarter valued at approximately $121,000. Institutional investors own 98.73% of the company’s stock.

EZCORP, Inc provides pawn loans. It operates through three segments: U.S. Pawn, Latin America Pawn, and Other International. The company offers pawn loans, which are non-recourse loans collateralized by tangible personal property, including jewelry, consumer electronics, power tools, sporting goods, and musical instruments; and sells merchandise, such as collateral forfeited from pawn lending operations and used merchandise purchased from customers.

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