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February 25, 2013
11:45 EDTESIITT Educational sinks after disclosing SEC probe
For-profit educational company ITT Educational (ESI) is tumbling after the company disclosed late Friday in a regulatory filing that it is being investigated by the SEC. The SEC subpoenaed, among other things, documents related to two private student loan programs launched by ITT, the company stated. The first private loan program was launched by ITT with an "unaffiliated entity" in 2009 and included a risk sharing agreement between the entity and ITT. The SEC also subpoenaed information related to the PEAKS Private Student Loan Program, which ITT initiated in 2010. Under the PEAKS program an unaffiliated lender provided loans to ITT students, and then sold the loans to a trust. ITT Educational agreed to guarantee the trust's debt, the company stated. In a note to investors earlier today, Wells Fargo analyst Trace Urdan reported that critics have said that ITT has not set aside enough money for both of these programs, and that the company should include liabilities from the programs on its balance sheet. If the SEC agrees with these conclusions, ITT may be forced to sell additional stock in order to provide sufficient collateral for its loans under federal law, Urdan wrote. Furthermore, the Department of Education may determine that the funds which ITT obtained from the loan programs should not qualify as independent cash tuition payments under the 90/10 rule. This rule requires for-profit education companies to obtain at least 10% of their revenue from sources other than the federal government. Under either of the scenarios, ITT students may be temporarily unable to obtain student loans, Urdan wrote, but added that he doesn't expect this scenario to occur. The analyst maintained a Market Perform rating on the stock, which sank $2.50, or 13.5%, to $16.05 in late morning trading.
News For ESI From The Last 14 Days
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October 21, 2014
17:22 EDTESIBlum capital lowers stake in ITT Educational to 7.9%
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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07:34 EDTESIITT Educational reports preliminary Q2 new student enrollments down 8.1%
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07:34 EDTESIITT Educational reports preliminary Q3 new student enrollments down 9.5%
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October 15, 2014
07:07 EDTESIFor 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).
October 14, 2014
17:23 EDTESIBarnstar Opportunities reports 5.4% passive stake in ITT Educational
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