The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended March 31 (Q2), EZCORP beat expectations on revenue and missed estimates on earnings per share.
Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue increased significantly and GAAP earnings per share grew significantly.
Gross margin expanded, operating margin grew, and net margin shrank.
EZCORP reported revenue of $256.3 million. The eight analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ looked for revenue of $248.5 million on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were 20% higher than the prior-year quarter's $213.3 million.
Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Dollar amounts in millions. Non-GAAP figures may vary to maintain comparability with estimates.
EPS came in at $0.73. The eight earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ predicted $0.76 per share. GAAP EPS of $0.73 for Q2 were 16% higher than the prior-year quarter's $0.63 per share.
Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Non-GAAP figures may vary to maintain comparability with estimates.
For the quarter, gross margin was 63.1%, 170 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 21.8%, 80 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 14.5%, 40 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter.
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $236.7 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.62.
Next year's average estimate for revenue is $999.2 million. The average EPS estimate is $2.90.
The stock has a five-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 604 members out of 625 rating the stock outperform, and 21 members rating it underperform. Among 163 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 161 give EZCORP a green thumbs-up, and two give it a red thumbs-down.
Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on EZCORP is outperform, with an average price target of $40.14.
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