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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).
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December 19, 2014
06:53 EDTAPEI, LOPE, ESI, DV, STRA, COCO, CECO, BPI, APOLWhitie House unveils college ratings blueprint, Reuters says
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December 18, 2014
16:10 EDTCECOCareer Education intends to divest Le Cordon Bleu Colleges of Culinary Arts
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08:01 EDTDVDeVry to acquire Faculdade Ideal , terms not disclosed
DeVry Education Group announced that DeVry Brasil has entered into an agreement to acquire Faculdade Ideal. Located in Belém, Pará in northern Brazil, Faci currently serves approximately 2,500 students and offers undergraduate programs in high-demand career fields such as law, education, accounting, technology and engineering. The transaction is expected to be completed in the third quarter of fiscal 2015. -
December 16, 2014
14:19 EDTDVDeVry Brasil to acquire Damásio Educacional
DeVry Education Group announced that DeVry Brasil has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Damásio Educacional. Completion of the transaction is expected to occur February 2015, subject to all regulatory approvals. Damásio is a leader in bar exam test preparation and a high quality provider of undergraduate and graduate law programs. Damásio is expected to generate approximately $50 million in revenue in calendar year 2014. DeVry Group expects Damásio to be modestly accretive to earnings per share in fiscal 2015 and increasing thereafter.
December 5, 2014
08:01 EDTAPOLApollo Education closes acquisition of majority interest in Sociedade Técnica
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