Out of hock: Revenue has risen despite regulatory changes limiting interest rates

The Pawn Shops industry has grown at a moderate pace over the past five years, due to mixed consumer sentiment, lower unemployment, and low household income growth. Despite industry growth, many operators have faced challenges due to a negative public image regarding the high interest rates many pawn shops charge on loans, the relatively low prices often offered to customers for goods, and a perception that pawnbrokers take financial advantage of those in need. To counter some of these negative perceptions, some industry operators, including major player Cash Converters, have aimed to provide a more legitimate and professional image. This trend has helped increase the market reach and customer base of industry operators.Industry revenue is expected to increase at an annualised 2.3%...read more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 15-20
Forecast Growth 20-25
Market Share of Companies

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Small increases in real household disposable income have contributed to industry growth
  • Low growth in household disposable income and mixed consumer sentiment have boosted revenue
  • Competition from online companies offering payday loans is likely to increase
  • Industry Report - Industry Investment Chapter

    The industry has low capital requirements compared with its labour needs. Capital inputs are required to fit out stores and purchase computers, store equipment and security products. These are generally minor outlays for a pawn shop, particularly after the initial set-up. Although cash is required to lend to people or to deposit into client bank accounts, and to purchase goods from customers for resale, this cash is not included in the industry's capital intensity.For every dollar required for labour inputs, approximately $0.06 is expected to be invested in capital costs in the current year. This low figure indicates that the industry is highly labour-intensive and has a low capital intensity level. As ...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Pawn Shops Industry

    IBISWorld has determined the most important Key Success Factors for the Pawn Shops are:

  • Economies of scope
  • Ability to alter goods and services produced in favour of market conditions
  • Ability to attract local support/patronage
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as National unemployment rate and Real household disposable income in the Pawn Shops industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Pawn Shops Industry?

    Pawn shops offer secured loans to individuals, who then provide items of personal property as collateral. These firms also retail used goods that are often acquired from unpaid loans or are purchased directly from consumers. The industry excludes companies that only provide unsecured loans or only sell second-hand goods.

    Industry Products
  • Secured loans for personal collateral
  • Cash advances and unsecured loans
  • Selling purchased used goods
  • Selling unredeemed pawns
  • Selling goods on consignment
  • Other goods and services
  • Industry Activities
  • Providing secured loans
  • Providing unsecured loans (excludes online-only companies and specialist unsecured loan lending)
  • Purchasing goods for resale
  • Selling other used and new goods
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • National unemployment rate
  • Real household disposable income
  • Consumer sentiment index
  • Demand from antique and used goods retailing

  • Current Performance
  • Industry characteristics
  • Steady industry growth
  • Increased external competition
  • Regulatory changes
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Moderate future growth
  • Further external competition
  • Other industry trends
  • Table: Pawn Shops Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Pawn Shops Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Antique and Used Goods Retailing
  • Consumers

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Consumers
  • Jewellery and Watch Wholesaling

  • Products & Services
  • Secured loans for personal collateral
  • Selling purchased used goods
  • Selling unredeemed pawns
  • Cash advances and unsecured loans
  • Selling goods on consignment
  • Other goods and services
  • Chart: Pawn Shops Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Lowest quintile
  • Second quintile
  • Third quintile
  • Businesses and other sectors
  • Fourth quintile
  • Highest quintile
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Pawn Shops Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Pawn Shops

  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition

  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Pawn Shops Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Cash Converters International Limited,
  • Table: Cash Converters International Limited - financial performance

  • Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Pawn Shops Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Table: Industry Data for the Pawn Shops Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2011-2025)
  • Industry Gross Product (2011-2025)
  • Establishments (2011-2025)
  • Businesses (2011-2025)
  • Employment (2011-2025)
  • Wages (2011-2025)
  • Wages (2011-2025)
  • Purchases (2011-2025)
  • Profit (2011-2025)
  • Depreciation (2011-2025)
  • Rent (2011-2025)
  • Utilities (2011-2025)
  • Other (2011-2025)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
  • A service provided to a customer that has a saleable item that is used as collateral to gain a secured loan.
  • Payday Loan
  • A short-term and low value loan offered at a high interest rate, which is designed to be paid back with the borrower's next pay.
  • Secured Loan
  • A type of loan that uses an asset as collateral that can be sold in case of repayment failure.
  • Unredeemed Pawn
  • An item held by a pawn shop that has been lent against to a customer, and which is not collected. The pawn shop takes possession of the item and can sell it to recoup funds.
  • Unsecured Loan
  • A loan that has been provided that is not backed by an asset. These are usually provided with a high interest rate and require extensive identification checks.
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