Head to Head Contrast: EZCORP (EZPW) vs. Its Competitors

EZCORP (NASDAQ: EZPW) is one of 27 publicly-traded companies in the “Consumer Lending” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its rivals? We will compare EZCORP to similar companies based on the strength of its valuation, profitability, institutional ownership, risk, dividends, analyst recommendations and earnings.

Profitability

This table compares EZCORP and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
EZCORP 3.16% 3.65% 2.29%
EZCORP Competitors -28.39% -17.28% 0.59%

Risk & Volatility

EZCORP has a beta of 1.96, indicating that its share price is 96% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, EZCORP’s rivals have a beta of 1.49, indicating that their average share price is 49% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

89.4% of EZCORP shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 77.5% of shares of all “Consumer Lending” companies are held by institutional investors. 2.1% of EZCORP shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 15.2% of shares of all “Consumer Lending” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares EZCORP and its rivals revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
EZCORP $750.47 million $67.71 million 21.36
EZCORP Competitors $564.84 million $92.07 million 16.99

EZCORP has higher revenue, but lower earnings than its rivals. EZCORP is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its rivals, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations for EZCORP and its rivals, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
EZCORP 0 3 1 0 2.25
EZCORP Competitors 154 650 1041 51 2.52

EZCORP presently has a consensus target price of $9.25, indicating a potential downside of 1.60%. As a group, “Consumer Lending” companies have a potential upside of 51.56%. Given EZCORP’s rivals stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe EZCORP has less favorable growth aspects than its rivals.

Summary

EZCORP beats its rivals on 7 of the 13 factors compared.

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. It offers pawn loans, which are non-recourse loans, collateralized by tangible property, and it sells merchandise, primarily collateral forfeited from pawn lending operations and used merchandise purchased from customers at its pawn stores.

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