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.

A number of analysts gave price targets for ECPG. The maximum price target given was 50, which equates to a potential upside of 26.26 percent. The most pessimistic price target was 30, implying potential capital losses of -24.24 percent. Some investors take price targets and stock ratings with a grain of salt, knowing that some analysts can have indirect business with the stocks they cover.

Analysts have revised their earnings estimates downwards for this quarter, by about -1.79 percent on average, compared to last month. That number becomes -10.83 percent if we expand the time horizon to include the past 3 months instead of just one. On the other hand, earnings estimates for the fiscal year have been revised downwards by -0.27 percent, as compared to a month ago. If we look at the last 90 days instead, we find a net average change of -0.27 percent in FY estimates.

Investors like to see analysts making revisions in the same direction, as that raises confidence in the revisions. Over the past month, 0 analysts increased their quarterly estimates, while 2 analysts revised their estimates downwards. During this time, 0 analysts made positive revisions in their estimates for this fiscal year's earnings, while 2 analysts made negative revisions to their fiscal year's estimates.

Analysts estimate earnings of ECPG to grow at a rate of 34.33 percent. People on Wall Street often look at a company's PEG ratio. A lower PEG ratio is favorable, because people typically see that as an indicator of higher growth relative to stock price. PEG ratios below 1 are often considered desirable, although it is frequently more appropriate to compare PEG ratios to the company's peers. ECPG has a PEG ratio of 0.42.

In the trailing 52-weeks, ECPG hit 41.38 at the highest peak, while it's lowest trading point was 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.