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February 28, 2014
12:07 EDTAPOL, COCO, CECO, BPI, ESI, DV, LOPE, STRA, APEIFor-profit education companies down after American Public profit miss
Shares of most for-profit education companies are falling after one of the companies in the sector, American Public Education (APEI), reported lower than expected fourth quarter profits, and provided much lower than expected first quarter profit guidance. WHAT'S NEW: American Public Education, which specializes in serving members of the military and public employees, reported Q4 earnings per share of 51c, versus analysts' consensus outlook of 54c. The company reported slightly higher than expected Q4 revenue, but predicted that its Q1 EPS would be 43c-48c, versus the consensus outlook of 67c. The company expects net course registrations by new students at its online university, American Public University System, to fall 7%-9% during the current quarter versus the same period a year earlier. On American Public's earnings conference call, the company noted that several branches of the military had made cuts and/or had implemented new restrictions o tuition assistance programs for their members. Uncertainty about these programs among service members, as well as confusion about eligibility requirements for them, have been at least partly responsible for continued soft demand for American Public's courses among members of the military, the company's CEO Wallace Boston stated. ANALYST REACTION: In a note to investors earlier today, Barrington Research analyst Alexander Paris wrote that American Public's total net registrations during Q4 were below analysts' consensus estimate. The stock's potential in the near-term is limited, as a result of price cuts by the company's competitors, and uncertainties about military funding, wrote Paris. He kept a Market Perform rating on the shares, but sees the company as an attractive long-term investment. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, ITT Educational (ESI) dropped 1.3% to $30.63, Strayer (STRA) retreated 1.7% to $48.25, Grand Canyon (LOPE) gave back 1.4% to $47.30, and American Public Education plunged 22% to $36.05. Other publicly traded companies in the space include Apollo Education (APOL), Bridgepoint Education (BPI), Career Education (CECO), Corinthian Colleges (COCO), and DeVry (DV).
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November 24, 2015
13:14 EDTESIJudge grants preliminary approval to $16.9M settlement in ITT Educational suit
A federal judge has granted preliminary approval to an approximately $16.96M cash settlement achieved by Lead Plaintiffs Plumbers and Pipefitters National Pension Fund and Metropolitan Water Reclamation District Retirement Fund with defendants ITT Educational Services, Inc., and two of its officers, Daniel M. Fitzpatrick and Kevin M. Modany.The proposed settlement approved by Judge J. Paul Oetken, of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, on Monday, Nov. 23, resolves securities fraud claims asserted under Section 10(b) and 20(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 by the Plumbers and Pipefitters National Fund and Metropolitan Water Retirement Fund against the defendants for alleged material misrepresentations and omissions concerning the company's liabilities under certain risk-sharing agreements it had entered into with third-party student enders of ITT student loans. The proposed $16.96M cash settlement will benefit a putative class of persons and entities who purchased or otherwise acquired ITT Educational Services, Inc., common stock between April 24, 2008, and Feb. 25, 2013. In the order issued on Nov. 23, Judge Oetken also gave authorization for the class notice to be issued to class members. A court hearing will be held on March 8, 2016, to determine whether the settlement should be given final approval and to hear any objections to the settlement.
November 23, 2015
18:42 EDTAPOLS&P announces changes to the S&P 400, 500, 600 indices
S&P Dow Jones Indices will make the following changes to the S&P 500, S&P MidCap 400 and S&P SmallCap 600 indices: CSRA (CSRA) will be added to the S&P 500 after the close of trading on Friday, November 27, replacing Computer Sciences (CSC), which will be removed from the S&P 500 after the close of trading on Monday, November 30. CSRA will be added to the S&P 500 on a zero price basis reflecting its spin-off from Computer Sciences. Following the spin-off, the Computer Sciences stub will replace Apollo Education Group (APOL) in the S&P MidCap 400. Computer Sciences' post spin market capitalization will be more representative of the mid-cap market space. Apollo Education is ranked at the bottom of the S&P MidCap 400 Phibro Animal Health (PAHC) will replace Pericom Semiconductor (PSEM) in the S&P SmallCap 600 after the close of trading on Wednesday, November 25. S&P SmallCap 600 constituent Diodes (DIOD) is acquiring Pericom Semiconductor in a deal expected to be completed soon pending final conditions.
17:23 EDTAPOLCSC to replace Apollo Education in S&P 400 as of 11/30 close

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