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On Nov 5, EZCORP issued first quarter guidance of between 41 cents and 43 cents per share. Currently, the Zacks Consensus Estimate is holding right in the middle of the range, at 42 cents.
For fiscal 2010, the company forecast earnings per share in the range of $1.65 to $1.69. The 2010 Zacks Consensus is at the high end of that range, at $1.69 per share.
The company closed out fiscal 2009 with net income growth of 31%. Analysts are expecting earnings growth of 19.59% for fiscal 2010.
Expansion through acquisition and new store openings is still a key strategy for the company. EZCORP intends to open 40 to 50 Empeno Facil pawn locations in Mexico, 35 to 45 Cash-Max payday loan locations in Canada and 6 pawn shops in the United States in fiscal 2010.
It's been about a year since I last reviewed EZCORP. The company is still cheap, trading at just 10.8x forward earnings. EZCORP's price to book ratio is 2.0. It has a PEG ratio only 0.69.
EZCORP is now a Zacks #2 Rank (buy) stock.
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