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January 9, 2013
09:56 EDTSLM, ESIITT Educational continues slide after Citi downgrades stock
Shares of for-profit education company ITT Educational (ESI) are retreating after Citigroup analyst James Samford downgraded the stock to Sell from Neutral in a note to investors earlier today. On January 4, ITT announced that it had reached a $46M settlement with Sallie Mae (SLM) over the latter company's lawsuit related to underperforming loans whose risk the companies had agreed to share. ITT said the deal would reduce its Q4 earnings per share by 56c. ITT has $500M of additional loans that could also perform below the company's estimates, Samford wrote. As a result, the company may have to make more payments related to underperforming loans and take more write-downs, the analyst believes. ITT will be saddled with$15M-$25M in annual charges and cash payments as a result of higher default rates, predicted Samford, adding that the company could report results below analysts' consensus estimates. The analyst slashed his price target on the stock to $13 from $24. Shares of ITT Educational, which have dropped about 24% since the company announced its settlement with Sallie Mae, fell 4.41% to $14.52 in early trading.
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September 29, 2015
19:46 EDTSLMNavient falls after government report criticizes student loan servicers
Shares of student loan stock Navient (NAVI) fell over 4% on Tuesday after the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, or CFPB, released a report critical of student loan servicers, titled 'Student loan servicing: Analysis of public input and recommendations for reform.' WHAT'S NEW: The CFPB's 152-page report cited issues such as conflicting, incomplete, or inaccurate loan statements; missing or ignoring specific payoff instructions which would apply payments to higher interest loans; and servicing transfers resulting in processing problems, surprise fees, damaged credit, lost repayment benefits and loan records, among other issues. WHAT'S NOTABLE: CFPB Director Richard Cordray said in a statement, "With one out of four student loan borrowers struggling to repay their loans or already in default, cleaning up the servicing market is critical. Today's report underscores the need for market-wide student loan servicing reforms to halt harmful practices and boost assistance for distressed borrowers." PRICE ACTION: Shares of Navient dropped 53c, or 4.36%, to $11.63 in Tuesday's trading session. PEERS: Other student loan servicers include First Marblehead (FMD), which fell 3.4%, SLM Corporation (SLM), which declined 0.86%, and Nelnet (NNI), which was up fractionally.
September 21, 2015
17:15 EDTESIITT Educational receives CID from DoJ
The Company announced that it has received a Civil Investigative Demand from the U.S. Department of Justice. The CID provides that the purpose of the investigation is "to determine whether there is or has been a violation of and is "focused on whether [the Company] knowingly submitted false statements in violation of the Department of Education's Program Participation Agreement regulations." The CID contains requests for production of documents and answers to interrogatories which the Company believes are principally related to the Company's compliance with the U.S. Department of Education's compensation regulations. The Company believes that its practices with respect to compensation matters are in compliance with applicable laws and regulations, and is cooperating with the DOJ in responding to the CID.

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