BidaskClub upgraded shares of EZCORP (NASDAQ:EZPW) from a sell rating to a hold rating in a research report sent to investors on Tuesday morning, BidAskClub reports.

A number of other equities analysts have also recently issued reports on the stock. ValuEngine cut shares of EZCORP from a hold rating to a sell rating in a research note on Friday, May 10th. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of EZCORP from a hold rating to a strong-buy rating and set a $11.00 price target on the stock in a research note on Tuesday, April 2nd. B. Riley started coverage on shares of EZCORP in a research note on Friday, April 12th. They issued a buy rating and a $14.00 price target on the stock. Finally, TheStreet upgraded shares of EZCORP from a c+ rating to a b rating in a research note on Friday, May 10th. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, two have given a hold rating and two have issued a buy rating to the stock. EZCORP presently has an average rating of Hold and an average price target of $12.50.

NASDAQ:EZPW opened at $9.17 on Tuesday. The stock has a market capitalization of $505.10 million, a PE ratio of 11.61 and a beta of 1.78. 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 has a 1-year low of $7.45 and a 1-year high of $13.45.

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

Institutional investors have recently made changes to their positions in the stock. Two Sigma Investments LP lifted its stake in 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 acquiring an additional 128,011 shares during the period. Employees Retirement System of Texas lifted its stake in EZCORP by 50.0% during the 4th quarter. Employees Retirement System of Texas now owns 87,000 shares of the credit services provider’s stock valued at $673,000 after acquiring an additional 29,000 shares during the period. Cambridge Investment Research Advisors Inc. lifted its stake in EZCORP by 5.0% during the 4th quarter. Cambridge Investment Research Advisors Inc. now owns 78,371 shares of the credit services provider’s stock valued at $606,000 after acquiring an additional 3,712 shares during the period. Bank of America Corp DE lifted its stake in 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 acquiring an additional 41,898 shares during the period. Finally, Rhumbline Advisers lifted its stake in EZCORP by 19.4% during the 4th quarter. Rhumbline Advisers now owns 149,453 shares of the credit services provider’s stock valued at $1,155,000 after acquiring an additional 24,254 shares during the period. Institutional investors own 99.31% 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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