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At US$5.79, Is EZCORP, Inc. (NASDAQ:EZPW) Worth Looking At Closely?

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EZCORP, Inc. (NASDAQ:EZPW), which is in the consumer finance business, and is based in United States, saw significant share price movement during recent months on the NASDAQGS, rising to highs of US$10.04 and falling to the lows of US$5.43. Some share price movements can give investors a better opportunity to enter into the stock, and potentially buy at a lower price. A question to answer is whether EZCORP's current trading price of US$5.79 reflective of the actual value of the small-cap? Or is it currently undervalued, providing us with the opportunity to buy? Let’s take a look at EZCORP’s outlook and value based on the most recent financial data to see if there are any catalysts for a price change.

Check out our latest analysis for EZCORP

Is EZCORP still cheap?

EZCORP is currently overpriced based on my relative valuation model. I’ve used the price-to-earnings ratio in this instance because there’s not enough visibility to forecast its cash flows. The stock’s ratio of 75.95x is currently well-above the industry average of 8.33x, meaning that it is trading at a more expensive price relative to its peers. But, is there another opportunity to buy low in the future? Since EZCORP’s share price is quite volatile, this could mean it can sink lower (or rise even further) in the future, giving us another chance to invest. This is based on its high beta, which is a good indicator for how much the stock moves relative to the rest of the market.

What kind of growth will EZCORP generate?

NasdaqGS:EZPW Past and Future Earnings, October 20th 2019

Future outlook is an important aspect when you’re looking at buying a stock, especially if you are an investor looking for growth in your portfolio. Buying a great company with a robust outlook at a cheap price is always a good investment, so let’s also take a look at the company's future expectations. With profit expected to more than double over the next couple of years, the future seems bright for EZCORP. It looks like higher cash flow is on the cards for the stock, which should feed into a higher share valuation.

What this means for you:

Are you a shareholder? EZPW’s optimistic future growth appears to have been factored into the current share price, with shares trading above its fair value. However, this brings up another question – is now the right time to sell? If you believe EZPW should trade below its current price, selling high and buying it back up again when its price falls towards its real value can be profitable. But before you make this decision, take a look at whether its fundamentals have changed.

Are you a potential investor? If you’ve been keeping tabs on EZPW for some time, now may not be the best time to enter into the stock. The price has surpassed its industry peers, which means it is likely that there is no more upside from mispricing. However, the optimistic prospect is encouraging for EZPW, which means it’s worth diving deeper into other factors in order to take advantage of the next price drop.

Price is just the tip of the iceberg. Dig deeper into what truly matters – the fundamentals – before you make a decision on EZCORP. You can find everything you need to know about EZCORP in the latest infographic research report. If you are no longer interested in EZCORP, you can use our free platform to see my list of over 50 other stocks with a high growth potential.

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