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Here’s Why Palm Valley Sold its EZCORP (EZPW) Position

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Palm Valley Capital Management, an investment management firm, published its second quarter 2021 investor letter – a copy of which can be downloaded here. A quarterly portfolio return of 1.16% was recorded by the fund for the second quarter of 2021, trailing the S&P SmallCap 600 and Morningstar Small Cap Index that delivered a 4.50%, and 4.23% returns respectively for the same period. You can view the fund’s top 5 holdings to have an idea about their top bets for 2021.

In the Q2 2021 investor letter of Palm Valley Capital Management, the fund mentioned EZCORP, Inc. (NASDAQ: EZPW), and discussed its stance on the firm. EZCORP, Inc. is an Austin, Texas-based pawn shop operator, that currently has a $339.7 million market capitalization. EZPW delivered a 26.51% return since the beginning of the year, while its 12-month revenues are up by 8.99%. The stock closed at $6.06 per share on July 09, 2021.

Here is what Palm Valley Capital Management has to say about EZCORP, Inc. in its Q2 2021 investor letter:

"We sold EZCORP (ticker: EZPW) after the share price exceeded our intrinsic value estimates. These company was negatively impacted by the pandemic but is beginning to see light at the end of the tunnel."

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Based on our calculations, EZCORP, Inc. (NASDAQ: EZPW) was not able to clinch a spot in our list of the 30 Most Popular Stocks Among Hedge Funds. EZCORP, Inc. was in 13 hedge fund portfolios at the end of the first quarter of 2021, compared to 15 funds in the fourth quarter of 2020. EZPW delivered a 12.85% return in the past 3 months.

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