AUSTIN, Texas, Feb. 24, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- EZCORP, Inc. (Nasdaq:EZPW), a leading provider of pawn loans and consumer loans in the United States, Mexico and Canada, today announced that it has completed the acquisition of 12 pawn stores doing business under the "Cash Pawn" brand. The Cash Pawn business has been in operation since 1979 and is a leader in large format pawn stores, predominantly in Central Texas, including EZCORP's home market of Austin, Texas.
The Cash Pawn stores have been purchased for a total of $16.75 million, comprised of $5.0 million in cash and approximately 1.17 million shares of EZCORP stock. The company expects the transaction to be earnings accretive in 2015. EZCORP now has a total of 755 pawn store locations in North America, of which 214 stores are in Texas.
Stuart Grimshaw, chief executive officer of EZCORP, said, "We are pleased to have successfully completed this exciting acquisition, our first since December 2012, to expand our strong pawn presence in Texas. With a renewed focus on disciplined growth and operating excellence in our domestic U.S. pawn business, we will continue to pursue additional acquisition opportunities that enhance value for our shareholders."
"Cash Pawn has been a well-run family business since 1979. We are looking forward to working closely with the team there to continue to deliver market leading services to our customers," Mr. Grimshaw said.
The shares of EZCORP stock were issued in a private placement transaction that is further described in the company's Current Report on Form 8-K filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
EZCORP is a leader in delivering easy cash solutions to our customers across channels, products, services and markets. With approximately 7,000 team members and approximately 1,400 locations and branches, we give our customers multiple ways to access instant cash, including pawn loans and consumer loans in the United States, Mexico and Canada, and fee-based credit services to customers seeking loans. At our pawn and buy/sell stores and online, we also sell merchandise, primarily collateral forfeited from pawn lending operations and used merchandise purchased from customers.
EZCORP owns controlling interests in Prestaciones Finmart, S.A.P.I. de C.V., SOFOM, E.N.R. (doing business under the names "Crediamigo" and "Adex"), a leading provider of consumer loans in Mexico, and in Renueva Commercial, S.A.P.I. de C.V., an operator of buy/sell stores in Mexico under the name "TUYO." The company also has a significant investment in Cash Converters International Limited (CCV.ASX), which franchises and operates a worldwide network of over 750 stores that provide personal financial services and sell pre-owned merchandise.
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