Analysts predict that EZCORP Inc (NASDAQ:EZPW) will announce earnings per share (EPS) of $0.24 for the current quarter, Zacks reports. Two analysts have made estimates for EZCORP’s earnings. EZCORP reported earnings of $0.21 per share in the same quarter last year, which would indicate a positive year-over-year growth rate of 14.3%. The firm is scheduled to announce its next quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, May 8th.
According to Zacks, analysts expect that EZCORP will report full-year earnings of $0.96 per share for the current fiscal year, with EPS estimates ranging from $0.93 to $0.99. For the next year, analysts forecast that the company will post earnings of $1.05 per share, with EPS estimates ranging from $0.97 to $1.15. Zacks’ earnings per share averages are a mean average based on a survey of research firms that follow EZCORP.
Several brokerages recently commented on EZPW. Zacks Investment Research cut shares of EZCORP from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Monday, February 4th. BidaskClub upgraded shares of EZCORP from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Friday, April 5th. TheStreet cut shares of EZCORP from a “b-” rating to a “c+” rating in a report on Thursday, January 10th. Finally, ValuEngine upgraded shares of EZCORP from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Tuesday, April 16th. Three research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and two have given a buy rating to the stock. The stock has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $12.50.
Hedge funds have recently made changes to their positions in the business. Perritt Capital Management Inc. acquired a new stake in EZCORP in the fourth quarter valued at $77,000. BNP Paribas Arbitrage SA lifted its stake in 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 acquiring an additional 5,814 shares during the last quarter. Great Lakes Advisors LLC acquired a new stake in EZCORP in the third quarter valued at $137,000. Loews Corp lifted its stake in EZCORP by 20.1% in the fourth quarter. Loews Corp now owns 13,509 shares of the credit services provider’s stock valued at $104,000 after acquiring an additional 2,263 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Two Sigma Securities LLC acquired a new stake in EZCORP in the fourth quarter valued at $110,000. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 98.79% of the company’s stock.
EZCORP Company Profile
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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