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World Acceptance

$80.42

1.52 (1.93%)

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World Acceptance reports SEC order of investigation related to Mexico probe

In a regulatory filing, World Acceptance states: "As previously disclosed, the company is conducting an internal investigation of its operations in Mexico, focusing on the legality under the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act of 1977, as amended, and certain local laws of certain payments related to loans, the maintenance of the company's books and records associated with such payments, and the treatment of compensation matters for certain employees. The internal investigation continues to address whether and to what extent improper payments, which may violate the FCPA and other local laws, were made approximately between 2010 and 2017 by or on behalf of WAC de Mexico to government officials in Mexico relating to loans made to unionized employees. The company has voluntarily contacted the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and the U.S. Department of Justice to advise both agencies that an internal investigation is underway and that the company intends to cooperate with both agencies. The SEC has issued a formal order of investigation."

WRLD World Acceptance
$80.42

1.52 (1.93%)

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Target $55

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World Acceptance downgraded to Underweight at Stephens
As previously reported, Stephens analyst Vincent Caintic downgraded World Acceptance to Underweight from Equal Weight saying the shares are "significantly overvalued." The analyst believes that even though deregulation materially helps, the company faces numerous operational headwinds. He also lowered his price target on the shares to $55 from $44.
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World Acceptance downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Stephens
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World Acceptance downgraded to Underperform from Hold at Jefferies
Jefferies analyst John Hecht downgraded World Acceptance to Hold saying the rally in shares following the U.S. election ignores the company's funding constraints. World Acceptance's growth is likely to remain constrained given reduced access to capital, Hecht tells investors in a research note. He lowered his price target for the shares to $53 from $60.
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World Acceptance downgraded on valuation at BMO Capital
As noted earlier, BMO Capital downgraded World Acceptance to Underperform from Market Perform. Analyst James Fotheringham downgraded the stock based on valuation, his belief that the company's falling loan balances will cause its profit to drop over the next two years, and legal worries. Target $44.

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