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February 28, 2014
12:07 EDTAPEI, DV, CECO, STRA, ESI, COCO, LOPE, BPI, APOLFor-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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October 21, 2014
17:22 EDTESIBlum capital lowers stake in ITT Educational to 7.9%
07:34 EDTAPOLApollo Education sees 1Q15 revenue $720M-$730M, consensus $763.70M
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07:33 EDTAPOLApollo Education sees FY15 revenue $2.8B-$2.85B, consensus $2.80B
07:32 EDTAPOLApollo reports Q4 University of Phoenix New Degreed Enrollment down 5.9%
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07:31 EDTAPOLApollo Education reports Q4 EPS from cont. ops. ex-items 34c, consensus 27c
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October 17, 2014
12:23 EDTESIITT leaps after upping scholarships, projecting FY15 positive cash flow
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11:34 EDTESIITT expects interest expense reduction in FY15 vs. FY14
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11:28 EDTESIITT Educational says Q3 enrollment impacted by 11% admissions decline
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10:16 EDTCECOHigh option volume stocks
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07:34 EDTESIITT Educational reports preliminary Q3 new student enrollments down 9.5%
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07:34 EDTESIITT Educational reports preliminary Q2 new student enrollments down 8.1%
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October 16, 2014
17:30 EDTCOCOCorinthian Colleges enters into Forbearance and Consent Agreement
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October 15, 2014
07:07 EDTLOPE, APEI, BPI, APOL, STRA, COCO, DV, CECO, ESIFor profit education positive catalysts outweigh negative, says Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo expects for-profit education stocks to benefit from improved hiring trends and a sale by Corinthian of its assets that, according t othe firm ,would set a valuation floor for the sector. The firm continues to believe that the final gainful employment rule will be neutral to positive for the group. Wells favors the option value on the long side for the sector. Publicly traded companies in the space include American Public Education (APEI), Apollo Education (APOL), Bridgepoint Education (BPI), Career Education (CECO), Corinthian Colleges (COCO), DeVry (DV), Grand Canyon (LOPE), ITT Educational (ESI) and Strayer (STRA).
06:19 EDTLOPEGrand Canyon upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at RW Baird
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October 14, 2014
17:23 EDTESIBarnstar Opportunities reports 5.4% passive stake in ITT Educational
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October 9, 2014
12:46 EDTBPI, APOL, STRADoE policy changes a negative for select Education stocks, says Deutsche Bank
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06:25 EDTDVDeVry could close campuses to cut costs, says Deutsche Bank
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