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

Portfolio Recovery Associates Finally Getting Aktiv Outside The U.S.

Holding Portfolio Recovery Associates (NASDAQ:PRAA) hasn't been particularly rewarding over the past few months, even though PRA remains the best-run receivables collection company out there. The stock enjoyed a good run as the company managed to exceed expectations, but performance has petered out as those expectations get dialed in more closely and the receivables market gets more competitive.

Now it looks like PRA is leaping ahead into its next phase of life. The company has been very slow to exploit its acquisition of UK-based MacKenzie Hall and drive real growth outside the U.S., but the $1.3 billion acquisition of Norway's Aktiv Capital shows a very real commitment to becoming a global collection champion. There isn't quite enough information...

Join Seeking Alpha PRO to read this archived article and 11,574 other archived articles
WITH SEEKING ALPHA PRO, INVESTORS CAN ALSO:
  • Access Top Ideas, chosen by Seeking Alpha’s editors
  • Filter long and short ideas by market cap and sector
  • Get Coverage of over 5,000 stocks, many of which have little or no coverage elsewhere
"In just the first month of using PRO, I used it to generate two ideas which were actionable for me. As a result of these two positions, I have earned more than 20 times the annual subscription costs for PRO." Michael Yagemann, Greenbridge Capital
"I am pleasantly surprised with the scope of small and mid-cap coverage PRO offers. You can't find that any where else." Patrick Rice, Mainstay Capital Management
100% Satisfaction Guaranteed
Money back guarantee. Seeking Alpha PRO members receive a no-questions-asked refund for membership on months paid and not used. Details