Q4 2017 EPS Estimates for Ezcorp Inc. Lifted by Jefferies Group (EZPW)
Ezcorp Inc. (NASDAQ:EZPW) – Equities researchers at Jefferies Group lifted their Q4 2017 earnings per share (EPS) estimates for Ezcorp in a note issued to investors on Tuesday. Jefferies Group analyst J. Hecht now forecasts that the brokerage will earn $0.16 per share for the quarter, up from their prior estimate of $0.15. Jefferies Group has a “Hold” rating and a $11.00 price target on the stock.
Other equities analysts have also recently issued reports about the stock. Wells Fargo & Co. raised shares of Ezcorp from a “market perform” rating to an “outperform” rating in a research report on Thursday, July 7th. CL King raised shares of Ezcorp from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $11.25 price objective for the company in a research report on Wednesday, August 17th. Finally, Zacks Investment Research cut shares of Ezcorp from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Tuesday. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, two have given a hold rating and two have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $11.08.
Shares of Ezcorp (NASDAQ:EZPW) remained flat at $10.93 during mid-day trading on Thursday. 381,432 shares of the company’s stock were exchanged. The company’s 50-day moving average price is $10.30 and its 200-day moving average price is $7.69. The company’s market capitalization is $590.01 million. Ezcorp has a 52 week low of $2.44 and a 52 week high of $11.33.
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Ezcorp (NASDAQ:EZPW) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, August 9th. The company reported $0.05 earnings per share for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of ($0.01) by $0.06. Ezcorp had a negative net margin of 23.29% and a negative return on equity of 3.34%.
Large investors have recently made changes to their positions in the stock. Public Employees Retirement System of Ohio boosted its stake in shares of Ezcorp by 7.7% in the second quarter. Public Employees Retirement System of Ohio now owns 20,337 shares of the company’s stock worth $154,000 after buying an additional 1,462 shares during the last quarter. Schwab Charles Investment Management Inc. boosted its stake in shares of Ezcorp by 6.6% in the second quarter. Schwab Charles Investment Management Inc. now owns 569,314 shares of the company’s stock worth $4,305,000 after buying an additional 35,442 shares during the last quarter. Metropolitan Life Insurance Co. NY acquired a new stake in shares of Ezcorp during the second quarter worth about $286,000. Guggenheim Capital LLC boosted its stake in shares of Ezcorp by 0.4% in the second quarter. Guggenheim Capital LLC now owns 443,335 shares of the company’s stock worth $3,352,000 after buying an additional 1,551 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Walleye Trading LLC boosted its stake in shares of Ezcorp by 6,796.3% in the second quarter. Walleye Trading LLC now owns 20,089 shares of the company’s stock worth $152,000 after buying an additional 20,389 shares during the last quarter. 79.56% of the stock is owned by institutional investors.
EZCORP, Inc provides pawn loans in the United States and Mexico, and consumer loans in Mexico. The Company operates through four segments: U.S. Pawn, which includes its EZPAWN, value pawn and 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; Grupo Finmart, which includes its Crediamigo and Adex payroll withholding loan 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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