Brokerages forecast that Curo Group Holdings Corp (NYSE:CURO) will report sales of $279.20 million for the current fiscal quarter, according to Zacks Investment Research. Three analysts have provided estimates for Curo Group’s earnings. The lowest sales estimate is $271.55 million and the highest is $285.74 million. Curo Group reported sales of $277.94 million during the same quarter last year, which would suggest a positive year-over-year growth rate of 0.5%. The firm is expected to issue its next quarterly earnings results on Monday, May 4th.

According to Zacks, analysts expect that Curo Group will report full year sales of $1.18 billion for the current year. For the next financial year, analysts expect that the business will report sales of $1.29 billion. Zacks Investment Research’s sales calculations are an average based on a survey of research firms that follow Curo Group.

Several research firms recently commented on CURO. William Blair restated an “outperform” rating on shares of Curo Group in a research note on Thursday, February 6th. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Curo Group from a “hold” rating to a “strong-buy” rating and set a $12.00 price target on the stock in a research note on Wednesday, January 15th. Stephens cut shares of Curo Group from an “overweight” rating to an “equal weight” rating and cut their price objective for the stock from $19.00 to $15.00 in a research report on Monday, January 6th. Finally, ValuEngine cut shares of Curo Group from a “sell” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a research report on Thursday, February 6th. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, one has issued a hold rating, three have issued a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the company. The company presently has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $16.75.

Shares of CURO stock traded down $1.54 on Monday, hitting $12.06. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 546,299 shares, compared to its average volume of 434,725. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 22.98, a quick ratio of 3.30 and a current ratio of 3.30. The stock’s 50 day moving average is $11.58 and its 200-day moving average is $13.02. Curo Group has a fifty-two week low of $9.11 and a fifty-two week high of $16.99. The company has a market capitalization of $564.22 million, a PE ratio of 4.98 and a beta of 3.43.

The company also recently disclosed a — dividend, which will be paid on Monday, March 2nd. Investors of record on Tuesday, February 18th will be given a dividend of $0.055 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Friday, February 14th. Curo Group’s dividend payout ratio is 8.30%.

In other news, Director Fleischer & Lowe Gp I. Friedman sold 2,000,000 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, February 19th. The shares were sold at an average price of $13.00, for a total value of $26,000,000.00. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through the SEC website. Also, CEO Donald Gayhardt sold 5,880 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, February 11th. The stock was sold at an average price of $14.00, for a total transaction of $82,320.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the chief executive officer now directly owns 834,575 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $11,684,050. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders have sold 2,084,122 shares of company stock valued at $27,156,115 in the last ninety days. 44.54% of the stock is currently owned by company insiders.

Several hedge funds have recently bought and sold shares of CURO. BlackRock Inc. lifted its holdings in shares of Curo Group by 39.8% in the second quarter. BlackRock Inc. now owns 1,126,799 shares of the company’s stock worth $12,451,000 after acquiring an additional 320,759 shares during the last quarter. Millennium Management LLC lifted its holdings in shares of Curo Group by 65.3% in the third quarter. Millennium Management LLC now owns 520,451 shares of the company’s stock worth $6,911,000 after acquiring an additional 205,516 shares during the last quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. lifted its holdings in shares of Curo Group by 32.1% in the second quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. now owns 777,409 shares of the company’s stock worth $8,591,000 after acquiring an additional 188,847 shares during the last quarter. Massachusetts Financial Services Co. MA bought a new position in shares of Curo Group in the fourth quarter worth about $1,913,000. Finally, Chicago Equity Partners LLC bought a new position in shares of Curo Group in the fourth quarter worth about $1,656,000. 41.79% of the stock is owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

About Curo Group

CURO Group Holdings Corp., a diversified consumer finance company, provides consumer finance to a range of underbanked consumers in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. It offers unsecured installment loans, secured installment loans, open-end loans, and single-pay loans, as well as ancillary financial products, including check cashing, proprietary reloadable prepaid debit cards, credit protection insurance, gold buying, retail installment sales, and money transfer services.

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