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June 24, 2014
08:30 EDTFCFS, PNC, DLLR, CSH, ZION, EZPW, AEADOJ pushing on with payment-processing probe despite critics, WSJ says
Attorney General Eric Holder said he will bring more cases against banks and payment-processing companies as part of the "Operation Choke Point" probe that has been opposed by political critics and a group representing short-term lenders, said The Wall Street Journal. A previously disclosed DOJ memo showed the agency has opened civil investigations into 10 banks and payment processors as part of "Operation Choke Point," and some banks, including Zions Bancorp (ZION) and PNC Financial (PNC), have disclosed they are subject to the probe in regulatory filings, the report said. Advance America (AEA) and the Community Financial Services Association of America, a trade group representing short-term lenders, filed a lawsuit against bank regulators, alleging that a federal crackdown on their industry represents an abuse of the government's authority. Other publicly traded payday lenders include Cash America (CSH), First Cash Financial (FCFS), EZCORP (EZPW), and DFC Global (DLLR), though the Journal's story did not mention any of these companies by name. Reference Link
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January 29, 2015
06:15 EDTCSHCash America board increases dividend by 43% to 5c
Cash America reported that the board, at its regularly scheduled quarterly meeting, increased the cash dividend amount to 5c per share on common stock outstanding. The newly declared dividend represents a 43% increase in the company’s previous quarterly dividend of 3.5c per share paid each quarter since the first quarter of 2007. The dividend will be paid at the close of business on February 25, 2015 to shareholders of record on February 11, 2015.
06:14 EDTCSHCash America sees FY15 EPS cont ops 80c-$1.10, consensus $1.23
Sees FY15 adjusted EBITDA $110M-$125M
06:13 EDTCSHCash America sees Q1 EPS cont ops 20c-30c, consensus 34c
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06:12 EDTCSHCash America reports Q4 adjusted EPS 29c, may not be comparable to consensus 44c
Reports Q4 revenue $289.44M, consensus $299.81M
January 28, 2015
09:59 EDTFCFSOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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06:00 EDTFCFSFirst Cash Financial downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Janney Capital
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January 27, 2015
18:20 EDTEZPWOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: ABIOMED (ABMD), up 27%... Yahoo (YHOO), up 7.2% after reporting fourth quarter results and that it is planning a tax-free spin-off of remaining Alibaba (BABA) stake... Freescale Semiconductor (FSL), up 10%... Marten Transport (MRTN), up 6%... U.S. Steel (X), up 9.2%... Key Tronic (KTCC), up 4%... Juniper Networks (JNPR), up 4.4%... Western Digital (WDC), consensus 2.6%... Electronic Arts (EA), up 4.8%... VMware (VMW), up 1.7%... AT&T (T), up 1.9%... Apple (AAPL), up 5.1%. ALSO HIGHER: Cirrus Logic (CRUS), up 2.9%, Skyworks (SWKS), up 1.3%, NXP Semiconductors (NXPI), up 1.5%, and Qorvo (QRVO), up 1% following Apple's first quarter results... EMC (EMC), up 2.1% following VMware's fourth quarter results... Alibaba (BABA), up marginally following Yahoo results and tax-free spin-off plans... DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Ethan Allen (ETH), down 13.1%... EZCORP (EZPW), down 7.1%... International Game Technology (IGT), down 2.9%... Open Text (OTEX), down 4.4%. ALSO LOWER: Synergy Resources (SYRG), down 3.7% after filing to sell $150M of common stock.
16:12 EDTEZPWEZCORP reports Q1 EPS 26c , consensus 35c
Reports Q1 revenue $252.6, consensus $272.04M.
06:18 EDTFCFSFirst Cash Financial: 2015 earnings expectations tempered by foreign exchange
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06:16 EDTFCFSFirst Cash Financial to add 75-90 new stores in 2015
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06:16 EDTFCFSFirst Cash Financial sees FY15 EPS $2.75-$2.90, consensus $3.18
The guidance assumes approximately 20c-23c of earnings per share drag, net of tax, for fiscal 2015 due to the full year impact of an assumed exchange rate of 14.6 Mexican pesos / U.S. dollar for 2015, as compared to the actual rate of 13.3 in 2014. Full year earnings per share expectations are also impacted by approximately 18c-21c per share in additional income tax expense in 2015 due to an expected increase in the effective tax rate to a normalized range of 31% to 32% for fiscal 2015, compared to 27% in 2014. Fiscal 2015 estimates are further tempered by expected declines in earnings from payday lending operations of approximately 4c per share, net of tax.
06:15 EDTFCFSFirst Cash Financial says FY15 revenue to be generated from core pawn operations
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06:13 EDTFCFSFirst Cash Financial announces 2M stock buyback authorization
06:13 EDTFCFSFirst Cash Financial reports Q4 EBITDA from cont ops up 11%
Fourth quarter same-store core revenues in the company's pawn stores were up 4% compared to the prior-year period and resulted from an 8% increase in Mexico offset by a 2% decrease in the U.S. Revenue from non-core wholesale scrap jewelry operations decreased 25% in the fourth quarter. The gross margin on scrap jewelry sales was 14% for the fourth quarter. Pawn loans outstanding at year end increased by 15% in Mexico, 4% in the U.S. and 8% over the prior year. On a same-store basis, pawn loans increased 4% in Mexico, as loan growth remained strong in the interior markets, partially offset by slower growth in certain mature markets. Same-store pawn loans were down 5% in the U.S., attributable to the slightly lower than expected seasonal demand in the fourth quarter and strategic reductions of pawn balances in many acquired locations where the Company has been optimizing pawn lending practices and reducing loan to value ratios in order to improve long-term pawn yield and retail sales margins.
06:10 EDTFCFSFirst Cash Financial reports Q4 EPS 94c, consensus 98c
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January 26, 2015
18:28 EDTZIONOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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16:20 EDTZIONZions Bancorp to secure additional collateral from some borrowers
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16:13 EDTZIONZions Bancorp reports Q4 EPS 36c, consensus 42c
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15:30 EDTZIONNotable companies reporting after market close
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January 20, 2015
09:37 EDTPNCPNC Financial upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at Portales
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