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Encore Capital Group, Inc is a mortgage finance business based in the US. Encore Capital Group shares (ECPG) are listed on the NASDAQ and all prices are listed in US Dollars. Encore Capital Group employs 7,725 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around 0.00.

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Encore Capital Group share price

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Encore Capital Group shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-04-30.
52-week range$22.10 - $48.46
50-day moving average $39.71
200-day moving average $36.19
Wall St. target price$51.25
PE ratio 5.8308
Dividend yield N/A (0%)
Earnings per share (TTM) $6.68

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Is Encore Capital Group under- or over-valued?

Valuing Encore Capital Group stock is incredibly difficult, and any metric has to be viewed as part of a bigger picture of Encore Capital Group's overall performance. However, analysts commonly use some key metrics to help gauge the value of a stock.

Encore Capital Group's P/E ratio

Encore Capital Group's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 6x. In other words, Encore Capital Group shares trade at around 6x recent earnings.

That's relatively low compared to, say, the trailing 12-month P/E ratio for the NASDAQ 100 at the end of 2019 (27.29). The low P/E ratio could mean that investors are pessimistic about the outlook for the shares or simply that they're under-valued.

Encore Capital Group's PEG ratio

Encore Capital Group's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 0.1692. A low ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer better value, while a higher ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer worse value.

The PEG ratio provides a broader view than just the P/E ratio, as it gives more insight into Encore Capital Group's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

Encore Capital Group's EBITDA

Encore Capital Group's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is $591.4 million.

The EBITDA is a measure of a Encore Capital Group's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.

Encore Capital Group financials

Revenue TTM $1.5 billion
Operating margin TTM 36.54%
Gross profit TTM $1.5 billion
Return on assets TTM 7.01%
Return on equity TTM 18.93%
Profit margin 14.11%
Book value $38.85
Market capitalisation $1.2 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting Encore Capital Group shares

There are currently 4.0 million Encore Capital Group shares held short by investors – that's known as Encore Capital Group's "short interest". This figure is 2.2% down from 4.0 million last month.

There are a few different ways that this level of interest in shorting Encore Capital Group shares can be evaluated.

Encore Capital Group's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

Encore Capital Group's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of Encore Capital Group shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of Encore Capital Group shares traded daily (recently around 314016.65344964). Encore Capital Group's SIR currently stands at 12.61. In other words for every 100,000 Encore Capital Group shares traded daily on the market, roughly 12610 shares are currently held short.

However Encore Capital Group's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of Encore Capital Group shares, or, against the total number of tradable Encore Capital Group shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case Encore Capital Group's short interest could be expressed as 0.13% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 Encore Capital Group shares in existence, roughly 130 shares are currently held short) or 0.2435% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Encore Capital Group shares, roughly 244 shares are currently held short).

A SIR above 10% would generally be considered pretty high, pointing to a potentially pessimistic outlook for the share price and a discouraging interest in betting against Encore Capital Group.

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Encore Capital Group share dividends

We're not expecting Encore Capital Group to pay a dividend over the next 12 months.

Encore Capital Group share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Encore Capital Group's shares have ranged in value from as little as $22.1 up to $48.46. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

ECPG.US volatility(beta: 1.63)Avg. volatility(beta: 1.00)LowHigh

Beta is a measure of a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (NASDAQ average) beta is 1, while Encore Capital Group's is 1.6349. This would suggest that Encore Capital Group's shares are more volatile than the average for this exchange and represent, relatively-speaking, a higher risk (but potentially also market-beating returns).

Encore Capital Group overview

Encore Capital Group, Inc. , a specialty finance company, together with its subsidiaries, provides debt recovery solutions and other related services for consumers across a range of financial assets worldwide. The company purchases portfolios of defaulted consumer receivables at deep discounts to face value, as well as manages them by working with individuals as they repay their obligations and works toward financial recovery. It is also involved in the early stage collections, business process outsourcing, contingent collections, trace services, and litigation activities; and provision of debt servicing and other portfolio management services to credit originator for non-performing loans. Encore Capital Group, Inc. was incorporated in 1999 and is headquartered in San Diego, California. .

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