Sigma Planning Corp Cuts Holdings in EZCORP Inc (EZPW)

Sigma Planning Corp lowered its position in EZCORP Inc (NASDAQ:EZPW) by 21.1% in the 4th quarter, HoldingsChannel reports. The institutional investor owned 15,670 shares of the credit services provider’s stock after selling 4,200 shares during the period. Sigma Planning Corp’s holdings in EZCORP were worth $191,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

A number of other institutional investors and hedge funds have also recently modified their holdings of the business. The Manufacturers Life Insurance Company boosted its stake in EZCORP by 1.5% in the second quarter. The Manufacturers Life Insurance Company now owns 40,886 shares of the credit services provider’s stock worth $315,000 after buying an additional 617 shares in the last quarter. Thrivent Financial For Lutherans boosted its stake in EZCORP by 6.6% in the second quarter. Thrivent Financial For Lutherans now owns 29,290 shares of the credit services provider’s stock worth $226,000 after buying an additional 1,810 shares in the last quarter. Alliancebernstein L.P. boosted its stake in EZCORP by 5.5% in the second quarter. Alliancebernstein L.P. now owns 50,147 shares of the credit services provider’s stock worth $386,000 after buying an additional 2,600 shares in the last quarter. Teachers Advisors LLC boosted its stake in EZCORP by 3.3% in the second quarter. Teachers Advisors LLC now owns 89,159 shares of the credit services provider’s stock worth $687,000 after buying an additional 2,840 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Voya Investment Management LLC boosted its stake in EZCORP by 13.9% in the second quarter. Voya Investment Management LLC now owns 26,290 shares of the credit services provider’s stock worth $202,000 after buying an additional 3,208 shares in the last quarter. 91.52% of the stock is owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

Shares of EZCORP Inc (NASDAQ:EZPW) opened at $13.05 on Monday. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.44, a current ratio of 7.77 and a quick ratio of 5.47. EZCORP Inc has a 12-month low of $7.55 and a 12-month high of $13.75. The firm has a market capitalization of $710.76, a P/E ratio of 17.64 and a beta of 1.82.

EZCORP (NASDAQ:EZPW) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, January 31st. The credit services provider reported $0.28 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.19 by $0.09. EZCORP had a return on equity of 6.40% and a net margin of 4.93%. The firm had revenue of $204.50 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $204.39 million. During the same quarter in the previous year, the company posted $0.15 earnings per share. The business’s revenue was up 6.2% on a year-over-year basis. equities research analysts forecast that EZCORP Inc will post 0.89 EPS for the current fiscal year.

EZPW has been the subject of several research reports. Zacks Investment Research raised EZCORP from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating and set a $13.00 target price for the company in a research note on Thursday, November 16th. ValuEngine upgraded EZCORP from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Thursday, November 16th. Jefferies Group reiterated a “buy” rating and issued a $13.00 price objective on shares of EZCORP in a research report on Friday, November 17th. Finally, BidaskClub downgraded EZCORP from a “strong-buy” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Tuesday, January 9th. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, two have assigned a buy rating and two have issued a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. EZCORP has an average rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $13.50.

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About EZCORP

EZCORP, Inc provides pawn loans in the United States and Mexico, and consumer loans in Mexico. The Company operates through three segments: U.S. Pawn, which includes its EZPAWN, Value Pawn & 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, and Other International, which includes its CASHMAX financial services operations in Canada and its equity interest in Cash Converters International.

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