Advisor Group Inc. grew its holdings in EZCORP Inc (NASDAQ:EZPW) by 222.2% during the fourth quarter, according to the company in its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The firm owned 14,500 shares of the credit services provider’s stock after acquiring an additional 10,000 shares during the period. Advisor Group Inc.’s holdings in EZCORP were worth $177,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.
Several other hedge funds have also modified their holdings of EZPW. Teacher Retirement System of Texas purchased a new position in shares of EZCORP in the 4th quarter valued at $215,000. BNP Paribas Arbitrage SA raised its stake in shares of EZCORP by 38.1% in the 3rd quarter. BNP Paribas Arbitrage SA now owns 32,379 shares of the credit services provider’s stock valued at $308,000 after acquiring an additional 8,940 shares during the period. Brown Advisory Inc. purchased a new position in shares of EZCORP in the 4th quarter valued at $317,000. Macquarie Group Ltd. purchased a new position in shares of EZCORP in the 3rd quarter valued at $318,000. Finally, Crossmark Global Holdings Inc. raised its stake in shares of EZCORP by 32.2% in the 4th quarter. Crossmark Global Holdings Inc. now owns 26,136 shares of the credit services provider’s stock valued at $319,000 after acquiring an additional 6,363 shares during the period. 92.48% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.
A number of equities analysts have recently commented on EZPW shares. ValuEngine raised shares of EZCORP from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Sunday, December 31st. Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of EZCORP from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Tuesday, January 23rd. Finally, BidaskClub downgraded shares of EZCORP from a “strong-buy” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Tuesday, January 9th. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, two have assigned a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating to the stock. EZCORP presently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $13.50.
EZCORP (NASDAQ:EZPW) last released its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, January 31st. The credit services provider reported $0.28 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.19 by $0.09. EZCORP had a net margin of 4.93% and a return on equity of 6.40%. The firm had revenue of $204.50 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $204.39 million. During the same quarter in the previous year, the firm posted $0.15 EPS. The firm’s quarterly revenue was up 6.2% on a year-over-year basis. equities analysts expect that EZCORP Inc will post 0.86 EPS for the current fiscal year.
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EZCORP, Inc provides pawn loans. The company operates through three segments: U.S. Pawn, Mexico Pawn, and Other International. It offers pawn loans, which are non-recourse loans collateralized by tangible personal property, such as jewelry, consumer electronics, power tools, sporting goods, and musical instruments; and sells merchandise, including collateral forfeited from pawn lending operations and used merchandise purchased from customers.
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