Portfolio Recovery Associates, Inc. (NASDAQ:PRAA)

CAPS Rating: 5 out of 5

A full-service provider of outsourced receivables management and related services. The Company's primary business is the purchase, collection and management of portfolios of defaulted consumer receivables.

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Member Avatar TMFInnovator (55.37) Submitted: 5/7/2014 9:38:06 AM : Outperform Start Price: $56.04 PRAA Score: -8.33

Using PRAA as a hedge against my much-too-volatile portfolio. (Note the 1000 point shift in my CAPS score during just the past two months :)).

A souring economy might wreak havoc on the stock prices of high-flyers. But it is an opportunity for PRAA, whose business is in buying up and collecting of company receivables, to get stronger. When things get dicey, companies need to load up on cash – which is exactly when PRAA makes their best deals.

In addition to serving the role of a hedge, PRAA has also been a solid stand-alone investment, outperforming the market in seven of the past ten years.

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Member Avatar amarsht1 (< 20) Submitted: 5/2/2014 12:26:13 PM : Outperform Start Price: $57.01 PRAA Score: -9.49

The management is very smart and has a long record of success in meeting EPS growth and ROE targets of 15% and 20%, respectively. At around 16x LTM earnings, and having just made a great acquisition that will boost the long term earning power of the comapny, I think PRAA is cheap.

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Member Avatar srwm4 (98.94) Submitted: 4/25/2014 10:59:11 AM : Outperform Start Price: $58.92 PRAA Score: -13.09

A P/E Ratio less than the S&P 500, and PEG Ratio that's been hovering around 0.5 for nearly 4 years now. Even if their EPS growth falls by half with the debt from the Aktiv acquisition and dilution from the convertible placement last year, it's still WAY too cheap relative to the S&P.

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Member Avatar 1russianguy (70.71) Submitted: 4/7/2014 11:28:57 AM : Outperform Start Price: $56.40 PRAA Score: -10.14

bbmaven

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Member Avatar Heisenbergo (49.43) Submitted: 4/1/2014 7:58:16 AM : Outperform Start Price: $57.78 PRAA Score: -11.19

Should do well with continuing economic growth, aswell as with a downturn.

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Member Avatar travlinmann (50.88) Submitted: 3/18/2014 2:27:13 AM : Outperform Start Price: $57.97 PRAA Score: -12.03

As the economy improves domestically, holders of defaulted secured debt will pay over time to improve credit history for better borrowing terms in the future. On the international front, PRAA has the expertise and electronic tracking tools to find and collect from defaulted loans

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Member Avatar Mrogo (< 20) Submitted: 3/6/2014 11:52:17 AM : Outperform Start Price: $54.47 PRAA Score: -4.87

Low cost model to make $ - They get a % of all assets they recover and are one of the best in the business at doing so!

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Member Avatar BlackMomba321 (43.54) Submitted: 2/20/2014 4:31:02 PM : Outperform Start Price: $59.28 PRAA Score: -15.43

20% year-over-year rise in quarterly revenue. Forbes magazine regularly names it one the top 50 small businesses in the U.S. Now the recent acquisition of Aktiv Kapital AS. This stock still has a very long way to go up, way up.

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Member Avatar Crystalball (95.30) Submitted: 2/20/2014 9:49:11 AM : Outperform Start Price: $58.13 PRAA Score: -14.52

Fantastic metrics, significantly undervalued

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Member Avatar DrGoldin (99.71) Submitted: 1/31/2014 3:36:45 AM : Outperform Start Price: $48.41 PRAA Score: +0.94

Cooled off to the point that it's now actually cheap again.

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Member Avatar cavrad (54.18) Submitted: 12/27/2013 9:42:43 AM : Outperform Start Price: $52.13 PRAA Score: -2.87

WTMI

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Member Avatar Sparticus501 (< 20) Submitted: 12/19/2013 4:57:25 PM : Outperform Start Price: $50.03 PRAA Score: -10.79

December 2013: Portfolio Recovery Associates, Inc. is a Zacks #2 Rank (“Buy”), suggesting that now might be a good time to get in on (PRAA) after its recent drop.

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Member Avatar snipe15 (31.42) Submitted: 12/15/2013 2:41:58 PM : Outperform Start Price: $52.40 PRAA Score: -6.54

Management is trustworthy, smart, and great stewards of shareholder capital.

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Member Avatar Skoob12528 (< 20) Submitted: 12/13/2013 3:31:22 PM : Underperform Start Price: $52.31 PRAA Score: +6.84

Their earnings forecasts are lower than previous earnings, the stock is on a downward trend, and has a stable history at ~35.00. In the next week or so, i can see it rising a few dollars, though.

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Member Avatar TMFJoeFriday (34.56) Submitted: 12/12/2013 1:13:37 PM : Outperform Start Price: $52.57 PRAA Score: -7.30

It's hard to see what about this stock has spooked the market and caused it to pull back 17% since October, possibly broader concerns about the industry as a whole, but I think it looks oversold to me at this level. An excellent business with best-in-class management that continues to refine its data-driven approach, I see this as a market beater for the long term.

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Member Avatar TMFTailwind (67.70) Submitted: 12/11/2013 11:08:39 AM : Outperform Start Price: $52.50 PRAA Score: -6.26

Looks oversold. Shares are down almost 20% since the last earnings report, which is baffling given the report was quite strong, with record high total cash receipts and a record low operating expense ratio. Shares are trading around 16x earnings, and management has grown earnings at about 25% over the past 10 years. The management team is extremely competent, experienced, and data-driven, and I like the business model (buy cheap receivables, collect more cash from those receivables than what you paid for them). Green thumb from here.

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Member Avatar awinget (45.78) Submitted: 12/4/2013 3:00:56 PM : Outperform Start Price: $53.34 PRAA Score: -8.21

Hidden gems core

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Member Avatar ErickRhoan (36.52) Submitted: 10/11/2013 7:01:38 PM : Outperform Start Price: $58.81 PRAA Score: -24.51

There will always be debt and there will always be debt collectors.

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Member Avatar portico2011 (58.98) Submitted: 9/21/2013 9:38:32 PM : Outperform Start Price: $59.00 PRAA Score: -23.92

One of the best run collections firms in the country. They buy debt for pennies on the dollar and wring profit out of it for decades.

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Member Avatar 401ktimer1 (64.66) Submitted: 9/11/2013 11:02:32 AM : Outperform Start Price: $58.67 PRAA Score: -24.64

IBD 85/85 stock break out from base:
http://www.investors.com/investing-the-big-picture/081213-667237-stocks-muster-mixed-close-nasdaq-squeezes-out-gain.htm?ref=HPMStory

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