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EZCORP Inc. Reports Operating Results (10-K)

November 20, 2012 | About:
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EZCORP Inc. (EZPW) filed Annual Report for the period ended 2012-09-30.

Ezcorp, Inc. has a market cap of $815.5 million; its shares were traded at around $17.52 with a P/E ratio of 5.9 and P/S ratio of 0.8. Ezcorp, Inc. had an annual average earning growth of 25.7% over the past 10 years. GuruFocus rated Ezcorp, Inc. the business predictability rank of 4.5-star.

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While allowable service charges vary by state and loan size, a majority of our U.S. pawn loans earn 20% per month. Our average U.S. pawn loan amount typically ranges between $130 and $145 but varies depending on the valuation of each item pawned. The total U.S. loan term ranges between 60 and 120 days, consisting of the primary term and grace period. In Mexico, pawn service charges range from 15% to 21% per month, including applicable taxes, with the majority of loans earning 21%. The total Mexico pawn loan term is 40 days, consisting of the primary term and grace period. Individual loans are made in Mexican pesos and vary depending on the valuation of each item pawned, but typically average $60 U.S. dollars. In fiscal 2012, 2011 and 2010, and on a consolidated basis, approximately 82%, 81% and 80%, respectively, of our pawn loans were redeemed in full or were renewed or extended.

In our pawn stores and buy/sell stores, we acquire inventory for retail sales through pawn loan forfeitures and through purchases of customers merchandise and purchases of new or refurbished merchandise from third party vendors. We believe our ability to offer quality second-hand goods and refurbished goods at prices significantly lower than original retail prices attracts value-conscious customers. The gross profit on sales of inventory depends primarily on our assessment of the loan or purchase value at the time the property is either accepted as loan collateral or purchased. Improper value assessment in the lending or purchasing process can result in lower margins or reduced marketability of the merchandise. During fiscal 2012, 2011 and 2010, we realized gross margins on sales of 43%, 43% and 42%, respectively.

For fiscal 2012, 2011 and 2010, retail activities and jewelry scrapping (sales of precious metals and gemstones to refiners and gemstone wholesalers) accounted for approximately 55%, 57% and 56%, respectively, of our total revenues, or 35%, 37% and 36%, respectively, of net revenues, after deducting the cost of goods sold. As a significant portion of our inventory and sales involve gold jewelry, our results can be heavily influenced by the market price of gold.

Albemarle & Bond — At September 30, 2012, we held almost 30% of the outstanding shares of Albemarle & Bond Holdings PLC, a publicly-traded company headquartered in Reading, United Kingdom. At June 30, 2012, the latest date at which Albemarle & Bond has publicly reported results, Albemarle & Bond operated approximately 230 locations in the United Kingdom that offer pawn loans, payday loans, installment loans, check cashing and retail jewelry. For its fiscal year ended June 30, 2012, Albemarle & Bond's gross revenues increased 16% to £117.7 million ($186.5 million), its net income increased 2% to approximately £15.7 million ($24.8 million), and its diluted earnings per share increased 2% to £0.2819 ($0.4466). Albemarle & Bond's stock is traded on the Alternative Investment Market of the London Stock Exchange. We are its largest single shareholder and currently hold three of the nine seats on Albemarle & Bond s board of directors. We account for our investment in Albemarle & Bond under the equity method. In fiscal 2012, our interest in Albemarle & Bond s income was $7.5 million and we received dividends of $3.4 million. Based on the closing price and exchange rates on September 30, 2012, the market value of our investment in Albemarle & Bond was approximately $65.1 million compared to its book value of $51.8 million.

For its fiscal year ended June 30, 2012, Cash Converters gross revenue improved 26% to AUS $234.4 million (U.S. $241.9 million), net income improved 6% to AUS $29.4 million (U.S. $30.4 million) and diluted earnings per share increased 6% to AUS $0.0763 (U.S. $0.0790). For the year, Cash Converters declared dividends of AUS $0.0350 (U.S. $0.0361) per share. We account for our investment in Cash Converters under the equity method. In fiscal 2012, our interest in Cash Converters income was $9.9 million and we recorded dividends of $4.4 million. Based on the closing price and exchange rates on September 30, 2012, the market value of our investment in Cash Converters was approximately $100.7 million compared to its book value of $74.3 million

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