CURO Group (CURO) and Its Peers Critical Review

CURO Group (NYSE: CURO) is one of 28 publicly-traded companies in the “Nondepository credit institutions” industry, but how does it contrast to its peers? We will compare CURO Group to related companies based on the strength of its analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, dividends, valuation, earnings, profitability and risk.

Profitability

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This table compares CURO Group and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
CURO Group N/A N/A N/A
CURO Group Competitors 15.24% 65.06% 1.59%

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for CURO Group and its peers, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
CURO Group 0 0 5 0 3.00
CURO Group Competitors 157 716 963 41 2.47

CURO Group currently has a consensus target price of $20.50, indicating a potential upside of 18.91%. As a group, “Nondepository credit institutions” companies have a potential downside of 1.46%. Given CURO Group’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe CURO Group is more favorable than its peers.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

42.7% of CURO Group shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 54.2% of shares of all “Nondepository credit institutions” companies are owned by institutional investors. 13.1% of shares of all “Nondepository credit institutions” companies are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares CURO Group and its peers top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
CURO Group $963.63 million $49.15 million 9.37
CURO Group Competitors $6.70 billion $705.01 million 11.43

CURO Group’s peers have higher revenue and earnings than CURO Group. CURO Group is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Summary

CURO Group peers beat CURO Group on 9 of the 12 factors compared.

About CURO Group

CURO Group Holdings Corp. provides consumer finance to a range of underbanked consumers in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. It offers unsecured installment loans, secured installment loans, open-end loans, and single-pay loans, as well as ancillary financial products, including check cashing, proprietary reloadable prepaid debit cards, credit protection insurance, gold buying, retail installment sales, and money transfer services. The company operates under the Speedy Cash, Rapid Cash, Avio Credit, and Cash Money brands; and online as Wage Day Advance, as well as offers installment loans online under the LendDirect brand. The company was formerly known as Speedy Group Holdings Corp. and changed its name to CURO Group Holdings Corp. in May 2016. CURO Group Holdings Corp. was founded in 1997 and is based in Wichita, Kansas.

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