EZCORP, Inc. (EZPW) Shares Bought by Prudential Financial Inc.

Prudential Financial Inc. raised its stake in EZCORP, Inc. (NASDAQ:EZPW) by 0.4% during the first quarter, according to its most recent disclosure with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The firm owned 83,046 shares of the credit services provider’s stock after buying an additional 310 shares during the period. Prudential Financial Inc. owned 0.15% of EZCORP worth $677,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

Several other hedge funds have also added to or reduced their stakes in the company. Rovida Advisors Inc. increased its stake in EZCORP by 27.3% in the first quarter. Rovida Advisors Inc. now owns 2,546,409 shares of the credit services provider’s stock valued at $20,626,000 after buying an additional 546,409 shares during the period. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP increased its stake in EZCORP by 16.4% in the fourth quarter. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP now owns 3,545,649 shares of the credit services provider’s stock valued at $37,762,000 after buying an additional 498,539 shares during the period. Parametric Portfolio Associates LLC increased its stake in EZCORP by 28.1% in the first quarter. Parametric Portfolio Associates LLC now owns 397,243 shares of the credit services provider’s stock valued at $3,238,000 after buying an additional 87,045 shares during the period. State Street Corp increased its stake in EZCORP by 5.0% in the fourth quarter. State Street Corp now owns 1,159,125 shares of the credit services provider’s stock valued at $12,345,000 after buying an additional 54,755 shares during the period. Finally, Teachers Advisors LLC increased its stake in EZCORP by 41.6% in the fourth quarter. Teachers Advisors LLC now owns 126,861 shares of the credit services provider’s stock valued at $1,351,000 after buying an additional 37,270 shares during the period. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 85.99% of the company’s stock.

Shares of EZCORP, Inc. (EZPW) opened at 7.95 on Wednesday. EZCORP, Inc. has a 12-month low of $7.55 and a 12-month high of $12.00. The company has a market capitalization of $431.62 million, a P/E ratio of 35.49 and a beta of 1.98. The company has a 50 day moving average price of $8.35 and a 200 day moving average price of $8.77.

EZCORP (NASDAQ:EZPW) last posted its earnings results on Wednesday, May 3rd. The credit services provider reported $0.15 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.14 by $0.01. EZCORP had a return on equity of 3.29% and a net margin of 1.73%. The firm had revenue of $189.60 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $190.04 million. The business’s revenue was up .7% on a year-over-year basis. Equities analysts anticipate that EZCORP, Inc. will post $0.51 EPS for the current year.

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EZPW has been the subject of several research analyst reports. Zacks Investment Research upgraded EZCORP from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Wednesday, April 5th. Jefferies Group LLC reiterated a “hold” rating and set a $10.50 target price on shares of EZCORP in a research report on Friday, June 16th. Stephens upgraded EZCORP from an “underweight” rating to an “equal weight” rating in a research report on Friday, April 7th. They noted that the move was a valuation call. TheStreet upgraded EZCORP from a “d+” rating to a “c-” rating in a research report on Friday, May 19th. Finally, BidaskClub downgraded EZCORP from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Thursday, July 13th. Five equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and one has given a buy rating to the stock. The stock has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $9.88.

EZCORP Company Profile

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.

Institutional Ownership by Quarter for EZCORP (NASDAQ:EZPW)

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