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January 28, 2014
10:06 EDTBPI, COCO, LOPE, CECO, DV, ESI, STRA, APEI, APOLFor-profit education stocks mixed after probes disclosed
Shares of for-profit education companies are mixed after two companies in the sector disclosed that they are being probed by multiple states. WHAT'S NEW: Yesterday night Corinthian Colleges (COCO) stated that its business practices were being probed by 13 states. The company added that it had received Civil Investigative Demands, or CIDs, from most of those states. The CIDs seek documents and a wide range of additional information from Corinthian, including information on tuition and loans, and lead generation activities, the company noted. Moreover, Corinthian stated that "several other companies" in the sector had received similar CIDs. One such company is ITT Educational (ESI), which disclosed last night that it had received CIDs from 12 states. The CIDs include requests for information and documents relating to the company's students and its practices, ITT Educational stated. WHAT'S NOTABLE: On January 6, Corinthian Colleges disclosed that it had received a CID from the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, or CFPB. The CID sought information in order to determine whether the company or other entity was engaged in illegal practices, Corinthian reported at the time. ITT Education has also come under scrutiny by the CFPB. On December 27, the company disclosed that the agency was considering taking legal action against the company for violating a number of laws. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Corinthian added 0.7% to $1.55, while ITT Educational lost 0.6% to $40.75. Meanwhile, Apollo Educatio (APOL) was flat at $33, Strayer (STRA) gained 1.75% to $36.90 and DeVry (DV) added 0.4% to $37.75.
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August 26, 2014
07:25 EDTCOCO, ESIITT Educational has negative read through from Corinthian, says Wells Fargo
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August 25, 2014
17:55 EDTCOCOCorinthian Colleges says need to obtain additional sources of liquidity
In a regulatory filing, Corinthian Colleges disclosed that the company has entered into a Consent and Amendment No. 4 to Credit Agreement, dated as of August 19, by and among the company, Everest Colleges Canada, the Guarantors party thereto, the Lenders party thereto and Bank of America, as Domestic Administrative Agent and Canadian Agent...As previously reported by the company, the company has been, and is, seeking additional sources of liquidity through, among other things, asset sales. On August 20, the company sold to an unrelated third party, on a non-recourse basis, after conducting a bid process, a portfolio of student loans for approximately $19M. The company’s decision to sell certain of its student loans which it had previously intended to hold for investment resulted in a change in the accounting treatment for such loans from “held for investment” to “held for sale.” the company concluded on August 19 that an impairment charge is required of approximately $55M to $59M. The company expects to include the impairment charge in its consolidated financial statements for the fiscal year ended June 30...Additionally, the CFPB requested certain documents relating to a recently-completed sale of student notes and certain information relating to the student loans that the company continues to hold and any private lending arrangements to which the company is currently a party...The company added that Corinthian Colleges continues to need to obtain additional sources of liquidity to fund its operations and to implement the agreements contemplated by the Operating Agreement. To do so, the company will continue to seek additional sources of liquidity through new financings, additional cost reductions, accelerated asset sales or some combination thereof. There can be no assurance that the company will be able to obtain any such additional needed liquidity on a timely basis, on terms acceptable to it, or at all. Any withholding of Title IV funds by ED, or further restrictions on funding or operations by accrediting agencies, state agencies, or other funding sources would exacerbate the company’s existing liquidity constraints.
08:52 EDTESIITT Educational volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
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07:23 EDTLOPE, ESI, DV, APEI, COCO, CECO, BPI, APOL, STRAGovernment not looking to push other colleges out of business, says Wells Fargo
In the wake of Corinthian Colleges' (COCO) dissolution due to actions taken by the Department of Education, Wells Fargo thinks the government did not intend for this scenario to unfold. After speaking with unnamed "knowledgeable sources" about the issue, the firm does not expect the department to take similar actions in the future because doing so would create too much of a workload for the department, Wells believes. 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).

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