Analyst Ratings for Encore Capital Group Inc. (ECPG)

Updated: 2017-07-28

Encore Capital Group Inc. (NASDAQ:ECPG) was awarded an average rating of Overweight from investment analysts following the stock. ECPG had previously received a consensus rating of Overweight a month ago.

A buy rating was issued by 5 analysts, 0 issued an overweight rating, 3 issued a hold rating, 0 gave an underweight rating, and 0 issued a sell rating. Today, there are 1 more analysts optimistic about the company future as compared with 90 days ago. Over the same time period, there has been an increase of 0 in the number of analysts with a negative outlook on the stock.

Many analysts weighed in on price targets for ECPG. The maximum price target given was 50, implying potential capital gains of 26.26 percent. The minimum price target given was 30, which equates to a potential downside of -24.24 percent. It is crucial to not blindly accept any price targets or stock ratings, because many analysts have it in their best interest to give positive coverage of certain stocks.

Over the past month, analysts have revised their estimates for this quarter's earnings, with a net average change of -1.79 percent. This can be compared with the average change in earnings estimates over the past 3 months, which is -10.83 percent. Over the past 30 days, FY earnings estimates have also changed downwards by -0.27 percent. Expanding the time horizon to 3 months, the average change in fiscal year estimates becomes -0.27 percent.

Another thing investors often look at is the level of agreement among analysts' revisions. 0 analysts have revised their quarterly estimates upwards in the past 30 days, which can be compared to the 2 analysts that decreased their estimates. Also over the last month, 0 analysts increased their estimates for the FY earnings, while 2 analysts decreased their estimates.

The growth rate of ECPG's earnings is estimated by analysts to be 34.33 percent. The PEG ratio of a stock is another value frequently studied by investors. Investors like to see smaller values for the PEG ratio, because people typically see that as an indicator of higher growth relative to stock price. Many investors consider PEG ratios between 0 and 1 as preferrable, even though it may be more relevant to compare the ratio to that of a firm's competitors. The PEG ratio of ECPG is 0.42.

In the last 52-weeks, ECPG has achieved a high of 41.38 and a low of 17.66. Currently the stock is 124.24 percent higher than its low, and 4.3 percent lower than its 52-week high. ECPG has a P/E ratio of 14.32. Investors typically compare the P/E ratio to a company's peers in the industry. The ECPG value stock report compares ECPG to some of its peers using value stock charts. The stock has a market capitalization of $1.03 billion. ECPG's next earnings release will be on 0000-00-00, which is days away.