Stephen Simpson, CFA
Long only, growth at reasonable price, value, research analyst

High Expectations And Uncertain Strategy Could Challenge First Cash Financial

While I'm a happy long-term shareholder of First Cash Financial (NASDAQ:FCFS), it is well worth asking what the next year may hold for this generally under-followed and under-known financial services company. Same-store growth has stalled a bit, gold prices are uncertain, and investors continue to look for more definitive guidance about the company's future growth plans. Couple that with a relatively fair valuation, and these shares could appear to some to be liable for some sluggish performance.

Growing Again In The U.S. … Wait, What?

For several years now, the growth angle to First Cash was that it was leaving behind U.S.-centric pawn and payday lenders like Cash America (NYSE:CSH), EZCORP (NASDAQ:EZPW), DFC Global...

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