Watch First Cash Financial Services' (Nasdaq: FCFS) earnings report to see whether it can beat analyst expectations for the fifth consecutive quarter. The company will unveil its latest earnings on Wednesday, July 20. First Cash Financial Services is an operator of pawn and consumer-finance stores in the United States and Mexico.

What analysts say:

  • Buy, sell, or hold?: Analysts strongly back First Cash Financial Services, with five of eight rating it a buy and the remainder rating it a hold. Analysts don't like First Cash Financial Services as much as competitor Cash America International overall. Analysts haven't adjusted their rating of First Cash Financial Services for the past three months.
  • Revenue forecasts: On average, analysts predict $118.4 million in revenue this quarter. That would represent a rise of 21.2% from the year-ago quarter.
  • Wall Street earnings expectations: The average analyst estimate is earnings of $0.47 per share. Estimates range from $0.45 to $0.49.

What our community says:
CAPS All Stars are solidly backing the stock, with 96% assigning it an "outperform" rating. The community at large agrees with the All-Stars, with 95.8% awarding it a rating of "outperform." Fools have embraced First Cash Financial Services and haven't been shy with their opinions lately, logging 203 posts in the past 30 days. Even with a robust four out of five stars, First Cash Financial Services' CAPS rating falls a little short of the community's upbeat outlook.

Management:
First Cash Financial Services' profit has risen year over year by an average of 34.5%.

Now let's look at how efficient management is at running the business. Traditionally, margins represent the efficiency with which companies capture portions of sales dollars. The following table shows gross, operating, and net margins over the past four quarters. 

Quarter Q1 Q4 Q3 Q2
Gross Margin 58.2% 58.4% 59.5% 59.2%
Operating Margin 20.2% 22.2% 20% 18%
Net Margin 18.7% 15.1% 13.2% 12.1%
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