EZCORP (Nasdaq: EZPW) reported earnings on Nov. 6. Here are the numbers you need to know.

The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended Sep. 30 (Q4), EZCORP met expectations on revenues and met expectations on earnings per share.

Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue grew and GAAP earnings per share expanded.

Gross margins expanded, operating margins contracted, net margins shrank.

Revenue details
EZCORP reported revenue of $258.4 million. The eight analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ wanted to see sales of $260.8 million on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were 10% higher than the prior-year quarter's $234.1 million.

Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Dollar amounts in millions. Non-GAAP figures may vary to maintain comparability with estimates.

EPS details
EPS came in at $0.75. The eight earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ averaged $0.75 per share. GAAP EPS of $0.75 for Q4 were 4.2% higher than the prior-year quarter's $0.72 per share.

Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Non-GAAP figures may vary to maintain comparability with estimates.

Margin details
For the quarter, gross margin was 63.2%, 50 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 20.4%, 260 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 14.9%, 60 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter.

Looking ahead
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $284.2 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.82.

Next year's average estimate for revenue is $1.12 billion. The average EPS estimate is $3.22.

Investor sentiment
The stock has a five-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 621 members out of 645 rating the stock outperform, and 24 members rating it underperform. Among 156 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 153 give EZCORP a green thumbs-up, and three 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 $34.00.

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