Dean Capital Management Invests $1.69 Million in FirstCash Inc (FCFS)

Dean Capital Management acquired a new position in FirstCash Inc (NASDAQ:FCFS) during the first quarter, Holdings Channel reports. The institutional investor acquired 34,450 shares of the credit services provider’s stock, valued at approximately $1,693,000.

Several other hedge funds have also recently added to or reduced their stakes in FCFS. BlackRock Inc. increased its stake in FirstCash by 77,659.7% in the first quarter. BlackRock Inc. now owns 5,898,853 shares of the credit services provider’s stock worth $289,930,000 after buying an additional 5,891,267 shares during the last quarter. Fiduciary Management Inc. WI increased its stake in FirstCash by 27.6% in the first quarter. Fiduciary Management Inc. WI now owns 3,029,034 shares of the credit services provider’s stock worth $148,877,000 after buying an additional 654,624 shares during the last quarter. Wellington Management Group LLP increased its stake in FirstCash by 98.6% in the first quarter. Wellington Management Group LLP now owns 1,267,147 shares of the credit services provider’s stock worth $62,280,000 after buying an additional 629,104 shares during the last quarter. Norges Bank purchased a new stake in FirstCash during the fourth quarter worth approximately $24,894,000. Finally, MARSHALL WACE ASIA Ltd purchased a new stake in FirstCash during the first quarter worth approximately $15,612,000.

Institutional Ownership by Quarter for FirstCash (NASDAQ:FCFS)

Shares of FirstCash Inc (NASDAQ:FCFS) traded down 0.27% during mid-day trading on Wednesday, reaching $55.70. The company had a trading volume of 147,132 shares. The company’s 50-day moving average is $53.47 and its 200 day moving average is $47.64. The stock has a market capitalization of $2.69 billion, a P/E ratio of 28.10 and a beta of 0.90. FirstCash Inc has a 52-week low of $39.80 and a 52-week high of $56.80.

FirstCash (NASDAQ:FCFS) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, April 27th. The credit services provider reported $0.68 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.60 by $0.08. The business had revenue of $447.60 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $435.14 million. During the same quarter in the prior year, the company earned $0.48 earnings per share. The company’s quarterly revenue was up 144.3% on a year-over-year basis. Analysts anticipate that FirstCash Inc will post $2.58 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The firm also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Wednesday, May 31st. Investors of record on Monday, May 15th were issued a $0.19 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Thursday, May 11th. This represents a $0.76 annualized dividend and a yield of 1.36%. FirstCash’s dividend payout ratio is currently 25.38%.

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FCFS has been the subject of a number of research analyst reports. TheStreet upgraded FirstCash from a “c+” rating to a “b” rating in a report on Monday, April 17th. Zacks Investment Research upgraded FirstCash from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Friday, April 7th. Jefferies Group LLC reiterated a “buy” rating and issued a $60.00 price target on shares of FirstCash in a report on Friday, April 7th. Finally, Wedbush increased their price target on FirstCash from $50.00 to $55.00 and gave the company an “outperform” rating in a report on Tuesday, April 4th. Three research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and three have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company presently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $54.43.

In related news, CFO R Douglas Orr sold 5,000 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, May 2nd. The shares were sold at an average price of $52.50, for a total value of $262,500.00. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which can be accessed through this link. Insiders sold 15,000 shares of company stock worth $800,000 over the last 90 days.

FirstCash Company Profile

FirstCash, Inc, formerly First Cash Financial Services, Inc, is an operator of retail-based pawn stores in the United States and Latin America. The Company’s primary business is the operation of full-service pawn stores, which make small pawn loans secured by personal property, such as consumer electronics, jewelry, power tools, household appliances, sporting goods and musical instruments.

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