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ACE Cash Express (NASDAQ: AACE)

Advance America Cash Advance Centers Inc. (NYSE: AEA)

Cash America International Inc. (NYSE: CHS)

Dollar Financial Group Inc. (NASDAQ: DLLR)

EZCORP Inc. (NASDAQ: EZPW)

First Cash Financial Services Inc. (NASDAQ: FCFS)

QC Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: QCCO)



Why choose these seven companies?

PLIWatch.org reviewed SEC 10-K filings from the seven largest publicly traded payday lenders to develop a few comparison charts, as shown below. These charts were designed to provide perspective about the size of these entities in relation to one another. After developing the charts, PLIWatch decided it would be useful to visitors if they could browse the news related to these companies--so we developed this page.

"Big 7" publically traded payday lenders, sorted by 2005 gross revenue
    2003 2004 2005
Advance America Cash Advance Centers Inc.   $489,534,000 $570,188,000 $630,066,000
Dollar Financial Group Inc.   $107,850,000 $122,461,000 $142,470,000
Cash America International Inc.   $46,955,000 $99,202,000 $142,068,000
QC Holdings Inc.   $81,195,000 $106,648,000 $140,341,000
ACE Cash Express   $77,029,000 $91,793,000 $108,667,000
First Cash Financial Services Inc.   $42,913,060 $54,123,713 $60,878,075
EZCORP INC.   $12,538,000 $23,874,000 $42,200,000
(1) ACE Cash Express was acquired in 2006 and is now a private company.
(2) When operating years overlapped calendar years, results were normalized for comparison purposes.


"Big 7" publically traded payday lenders, sorted by number of stores in 2005
    2003 2004 2005 No. of
States
Advance America Cash Advance Centers Inc.   2,039 2,408 2,604 36
ACE Cash Express   1,230 1,371 1,557 33
Dollar Financial Group Inc.   1,084 1,110 1,335 17
EZCORP INC.   229 287 332 9
QC Holdings Inc.   235 284 328 25
Cash America International Inc.   154 253 286 6
First Cash Financial Services Inc.   146 157 171 11
(1) Dollar Financial Group also operates stores in Canada and the UK. These 807 locations are included in totals above with Canada and the UK each counting as one "state."
(2) When operating years overlapped calendar years, results were normalized for comparison purposes.

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