Reviewing First Cash (NYSE:FCFS) and Its Peers

First Cash (NYSE: FCFS) is one of 27 publicly-traded companies in the “Consumer Lending” industry, but how does it compare to its competitors? We will compare First Cash to related companies based on the strength of its institutional ownership, valuation, profitability, analyst recommendations, risk, earnings and dividends.

Dividends

First Cash pays an annual dividend of $0.80 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.2%. First Cash pays out 34.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Consumer Lending” companies pay a dividend yield of 1.8% and pay out 29.6% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. First Cash lags its competitors as a dividend stock, given its lower dividend yield and higher payout ratio.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and target prices for First Cash and its competitors, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
First Cash 0 2 5 0 2.71
First Cash Competitors 171 693 1082 54 2.51

First Cash currently has a consensus price target of $64.00, indicating a potential downside of 4.76%. As a group, “Consumer Lending” companies have a potential upside of 26.18%. Given First Cash’s competitors higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe First Cash has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.

Profitability

This table compares First Cash and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
First Cash 6.41% 8.45% 5.91%
First Cash Competitors -128.48% -84.29% -0.75%

Insider and Institutional Ownership

95.7% of First Cash shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 78.7% of shares of all “Consumer Lending” companies are held by institutional investors. 2.8% of First Cash shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 14.1% of shares of all “Consumer Lending” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Volatility and Risk

First Cash has a beta of 0.79, suggesting that its stock price is 21% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, First Cash’s competitors have a beta of 1.45, suggesting that their average stock price is 45% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares First Cash and its competitors top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
First Cash $1.09 billion $60.12 million 28.72
First Cash Competitors $2.77 billion $388.84 million 80.74

First Cash’s competitors have higher revenue and earnings than First Cash. First Cash is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Summary

First Cash competitors beat First Cash on 9 of the 15 factors compared.

About First Cash

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. The Company’s operates through two segments: the U.S. operations segment and the Latin America operations segment. The U.S. operations segment consists of all pawn and consumer loan operations in the United States and the Latin America operations segment consists of all pawn and consumer loan operations in Latin America, which includes operations in Mexico, Guatemala and El Salvador. In addition, some of the Company’s pawn stores offer small unsecured consumer loans or credit services products. The Company also operates consumer finance stores in Texas and Mexico.

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