World Acceptance (WRLD) Upgraded at ValuEngine

ValuEngine upgraded shares of World Acceptance (NASDAQ:WRLD) from a buy rating to a strong-buy rating in a report released on Friday.

A number of other equities research analysts have also weighed in on the stock. Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of World Acceptance from a hold rating to a strong sell rating in a report on Saturday, November 4th. Stephens reiterated a sell rating and set a $65.00 price objective on shares of World Acceptance in a report on Thursday, January 4th. BidaskClub upgraded shares of World Acceptance from a sell rating to a hold rating in a report on Thursday, January 4th. Jefferies Group reiterated a sell rating and set a $60.00 price objective on shares of World Acceptance in a report on Thursday, October 12th. Finally, BMO Capital Markets reiterated a sell rating and set a $80.00 price objective on shares of World Acceptance in a report on Monday, January 29th. They noted that the move was a valuation call. Three research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, two have issued a buy rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the stock. The company has a consensus rating of Hold and an average price target of $82.75.

Shares of World Acceptance (NASDAQ:WRLD) opened at $109.60 on Friday. World Acceptance has a twelve month low of $47.23 and a twelve month high of $121.17. The firm has a market cap of $993.53, a PE ratio of 17.10 and a beta of 2.80. The company has a current ratio of 1.96, a quick ratio of 16.43 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.65.

World Acceptance (NASDAQ:WRLD) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Friday, January 26th. The credit services provider reported $1.37 earnings per share for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.95 by $0.42. World Acceptance had a net margin of 10.42% and a return on equity of 13.95%. The company had revenue of $136.90 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $137.99 million. During the same quarter last year, the business posted $1.10 EPS. The firm’s revenue for the quarter was up 4.7% on a year-over-year basis. equities analysts forecast that World Acceptance will post 7.61 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

A number of hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently bought and sold shares of the business. Assenagon Asset Management S.A. purchased a new position in World Acceptance during the 4th quarter valued at about $1,190,000. Unison Advisors LLC purchased a new position in World Acceptance during the 4th quarter valued at about $401,000. Louisiana State Employees Retirement System purchased a new position in World Acceptance during the 4th quarter valued at about $202,000. Public Employees Retirement System of Ohio grew its position in shares of World Acceptance by 216.8% in the 3rd quarter. Public Employees Retirement System of Ohio now owns 7,866 shares of the credit services provider’s stock worth $652,000 after buying an additional 5,383 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Cornerstone Capital Management Holdings LLC. grew its position in shares of World Acceptance by 21.4% in the 3rd quarter. Cornerstone Capital Management Holdings LLC. now owns 63,562 shares of the credit services provider’s stock worth $5,268,000 after buying an additional 11,200 shares during the last quarter. 91.77% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

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World Acceptance Company Profile

World Acceptance Corporation operates a small-loan consumer finance business in 15 states and Mexico as of March 31, 2016. The Company offers short-term small installment loans, medium-term larger installment loans, related credit insurance and ancillary products and services to individuals. The Company offers standardized installment loans generally between $300 and $4,000 through 1,339 branches in Alabama, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, New Mexico, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas, Tennessee, Wisconsin and Mexico as of March 31, 2016.

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