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.

ECPG was given price targets by several analysts. The highest price target was 50, which equates to a potential upside of 26.26 percent. The minimum price target given was 30, implying potential capital losses of -24.24 percent. One must be careful with overanalyzing price targets and ratings due to possible conflicts of interest among the analysts releasing them.

Over the past month, analysts have revised their estimates for this quarter's earnings, with a net average change of -1.79 percent. 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. Expanding the time horizon to 3 months, the average change in fiscal year estimates becomes -0.27 percent.

People are often interested in whether analysts were united in the direction of their revisions. 0 analysts made positive revisions to their quarterly estimates over the past month, while 2 analysts made negative revisions. Over the same time period, 0 analysts revised their FY earnings estimates upwards, while 2 analysts decreased their estimates.

Analysts estimate earnings of ECPG to grow at a rate of 34.33 percent. The PEG ratio of a stock is another value frequently studied by investors. A lower PEG ratio is favorable, because people typically see that as an indicator of higher growth relative to stock price. Wall Street investors typically prefer a PEG ratio to be smaller than 1, though it could be better to see where the ratio stands relative to peers in the industry. 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 below the 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 market cap of ECPG is $1.03 billion. ECPG's next earnings release will be on 0000-00-00, which is days away.