Shares of Capella Education Co. (NASDAQ:CPLA) have earned an average recommendation of “Buy” from the six research firms that are presently covering the stock. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a hold recommendation and four have given a buy recommendation to the company. The average 12 month price objective among brokerages that have issued ratings on the stock in the last year is $54.67.
Several brokerages have recently issued reports on CPLA. Barrington Research increased their price target on shares of Capella Education from $60.00 to $66.00 and gave the stock an “outperform” rating in a research report on Wednesday, July 27th. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Capella Education from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Tuesday, August 9th. Finally, Credit Suisse Group AG reissued a “buy” rating on shares of Capella Education in a research report on Thursday, September 1st.
Capella Education (NASDAQ:CPLA) opened at 58.64 on Monday. The company has a market cap of $678.05 million, a price-to-earnings ratio of 18.19 and a beta of 1.05. The firm’s 50-day moving average is $59.11 and its 200 day moving average is $55.12. Capella Education has a 52-week low of $39.06 and a 52-week high of $63.01.
Capella Education (NASDAQ:CPLA) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, July 26th. The company reported $0.82 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.87 by $0.05. The business had revenue of $106.70 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $105.93 million. Capella Education had a return on equity of 20.80% and a net margin of 9.12%. The firm’s revenue for the quarter was up 2.0% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period in the prior year, the company posted $0.83 EPS. On average, equities research analysts predict that Capella Education will post $3.49 EPS for the current fiscal year.
The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, October 14th. Investors of record on Friday, August 26th will be paid a dividend of $0.39 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Wednesday, August 24th. This represents a $1.56 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 2.66%. Capella Education’s payout ratio is 48.30%.
In related news, CEO J Kevin Gilligan sold 16,892 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, August 19th. The shares were sold at an average price of $59.23, for a total transaction of $1,000,513.16. Following the sale, the chief executive officer now directly owns 69,705 shares in the company, valued at $4,128,627.15. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through this link. Also, Director Darrell R. Tukua sold 5,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, August 25th. The stock was sold at an average price of $61.23, for a total transaction of $306,150.00. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Corporate insiders own 6.50% of the company’s stock.
Several hedge funds have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the company. Strs Ohio raised its stake in Capella Education by 2.9% in the second quarter. Strs Ohio now owns 14,400 shares of the company’s stock worth $758,000 after buying an additional 400 shares during the last quarter. HL Financial Services LLC raised its position in shares of Capella Education by 12.5% in the second quarter. HL Financial Services LLC now owns 28,734 shares of the company’s stock valued at $1,513,000 after buying an additional 3,183 shares in the last quarter. BNP Paribas Arbitrage SA raised its position in shares of Capella Education by 117.0% in the second quarter. BNP Paribas Arbitrage SA now owns 3,541 shares of the company’s stock valued at $186,000 after buying an additional 1,909 shares in the last quarter. Arizona State Retirement System raised its position in shares of Capella Education by 1.9% in the first quarter. Arizona State Retirement System now owns 5,439 shares of the company’s stock valued at $286,000 after buying an additional 100 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Panagora Asset Management Inc. raised its position in shares of Capella Education by 29.5% in the first quarter. Panagora Asset Management Inc. now owns 91,529 shares of the company’s stock valued at $4,818,000 after buying an additional 20,848 shares in the last quarter. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 90.37% of the company’s stock.
Capella Education Company Profile
Capella Education Company is an online postsecondary education services company. The Company’s academic programs are delivered through its subsidiary, Capella University (the University), which is an online academic institution offering online postsecondary education services primarily to working adults.
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