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February 28, 2014
12:07 EDTLOPE, STRA, APEI, APOL, COCO, CECO, BPI, ESI, DVFor-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).
News For APEI;DV;CECO;STRA;ESI;COCO;LOPE;BPI;APOL From The Last 14 Days
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January 26, 2015
08:02 EDTAPOLApollo's Carnegie Learning approved by Texas for high school mathematics
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January 16, 2015
13:25 EDTAPOLManning & Napier Advisors reports 6.44% passive stake in Apollo Education
January 15, 2015
14:45 EDTAPEI, LOPE, ESI, DV, COCO, CECO, BPI, APOL, STRAFor-profit education names slip after Wells says search data negative
Shares of a number of for-profit education companies are falling after Wells Fargo wrote that Google search trends do not bode well for the sector. WHAT'S NEW: Google search trends for the fourth quarter indicate that students' interest in for-profit education companies probably did not increase significantly during that period, Wells Fargo analyst Trace Urdan wrote in a note to investors today. The data indicates that new student enrollment at the schools could even come in below already pessimistic expectations, Urdan reported. The analyst found that searches for terms related to for-profit schools dropped in Q4, versus the same period a year earlier. Moreover, there were many more searches in Q4 for non-profit schools than for-profit colleges, Urdan stated. Sentiment towards for-profit education names is already "quite weak" after President Obama on January 9 proposed allowing all Americans to attend community college at no cost and Apollo Education (APOL) on January 8 provided lower than expected Q2 revenue guidance, Urdan stated. As a result, investors may already be expecting schools in the sector to report weak enrollment data, Urdan believes. However, the search data for Strayer (STRA) is "more negative than positive," even though expectations for the company appear to be elevated, the analyst reported. On a positive note, search results for Capella Education (CPLA), Grand Canyon (LOPE), and DeVry's (DV) Chamberlain looked better than average, Urdan reported, adding that investors' expectations towards those names are relatively upbeat. PRICE ACTION: In mid-afternoon trading, Strayer fell 1% to $68, ITT Educational fell 3.6% to $8.37, Bridgepoint Educational (BPI) tumbled 4.5% to $10.10, American Public (APEI) slid 2.25% to $33.89, and Grand Canyon gave back 2% to $43.
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