BidaskClub Lowers EZCORP (NASDAQ:EZPW) to Sell

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EZCORP (NASDAQ:EZPW) was downgraded by equities research analysts at BidaskClub from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report released on Friday, BidAskClub reports.

Other analysts have also recently issued research reports about the stock. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of General Moly from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Thursday. B. Riley set a $169.00 target price on shares of Intercept Pharmaceuticals and gave the company a “buy” rating in a report on Friday, April 12th. TheStreet cut shares of USD Partners from a “b-” rating to a “c+” rating in a report on Friday, May 10th. Finally, ValuEngine cut shares of Yext from a “strong-buy” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Friday, May 10th. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, one has given a hold rating and one has given a buy rating to the stock. The company presently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $12.50.

NASDAQ:EZPW opened at $9.62 on Friday. The company has a market capitalization of $533.38 million, a PE ratio of 11.45 and a beta of 1.76. The firm has a fifty day moving average of $9.28. EZCORP has a twelve month low of $7.45 and a twelve month high of $12.43. The company has a current ratio of 2.93, a quick ratio of 2.28 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.31.

EZCORP (NASDAQ:EZPW) last released its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, May 8th. The credit services provider reported $0.22 earnings per share for the quarter, missing the consensus estimate of $0.23 by ($0.01). The company had revenue of $214.70 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $219.87 million. EZCORP had a net margin of 1.63% and a return on equity of 6.27%. The business’s revenue was up 5.9% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter last year, the firm earned $0.21 EPS. Analysts predict that EZCORP will post 0.92 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

Hedge funds have recently made changes to their positions in the company. Two Sigma Investments LP boosted its holdings in shares of EZCORP by 26.4% during the 4th quarter. Two Sigma Investments LP now owns 612,043 shares of the credit services provider’s stock valued at $4,731,000 after buying an additional 128,011 shares in the last quarter. Granite Investment Partners LLC boosted its holdings in shares of EZCORP by 112.9% during the 1st quarter. Granite Investment Partners LLC now owns 115,694 shares of the credit services provider’s stock valued at $1,078,000 after buying an additional 61,362 shares in the last quarter. Bank of America Corp DE boosted its holdings in shares of EZCORP by 5.1% during the 4th quarter. Bank of America Corp DE now owns 856,763 shares of the credit services provider’s stock valued at $6,622,000 after buying an additional 41,898 shares in the last quarter. BNP Paribas Arbitrage SA boosted its holdings in shares of EZCORP by 98.7% during the 1st quarter. BNP Paribas Arbitrage SA now owns 11,706 shares of the credit services provider’s stock valued at $109,000 after buying an additional 5,814 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Municipal Employees Retirement System of Michigan bought a new stake in shares of EZCORP during the 4th quarter valued at $1,524,000. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 99.30% of the company’s stock.

About EZCORP

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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