Jean C. Halle Sells 2,500 Shares of American Public Education, Inc. (APEI) Stock

American Public Education, Inc. (NASDAQ:APEI) Director Jean C. Halle sold 2,500 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, March 20th. The stock was sold at an average price of $44.20, for a total transaction of $110,500.00. Following the sale, the director now directly owns 19,419 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $858,319.80. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available at the SEC website.

APEI stock opened at $42.15 on Friday. The company has a market cap of $704.83, a P/E ratio of 33.33, a P/E/G ratio of 1.87 and a beta of 0.93. American Public Education, Inc. has a 52 week low of $17.40 and a 52 week high of $45.75.

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American Public Education (NASDAQ:APEI) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, February 27th. The company reported $0.51 EPS for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.33 by $0.18. The business had revenue of $78.09 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $76.25 million. American Public Education had a net margin of 7.06% and a return on equity of 7.59%. equities analysts anticipate that American Public Education, Inc. will post 1.54 earnings per share for the current year.

A number of large investors have recently modified their holdings of APEI. Renaissance Technologies LLC lifted its stake in American Public Education by 14.4% in the 4th quarter. Renaissance Technologies LLC now owns 1,023,700 shares of the company’s stock valued at $25,644,000 after purchasing an additional 129,100 shares during the last quarter. Deutsche Bank AG lifted its stake in American Public Education by 372.0% in the 4th quarter. Deutsche Bank AG now owns 84,703 shares of the company’s stock valued at $2,120,000 after purchasing an additional 66,759 shares during the last quarter. Macquarie Group Ltd. acquired a new position in American Public Education in the 3rd quarter valued at approximately $1,022,000. BlackRock Inc. increased its position in American Public Education by 2.0% in the 4th quarter. BlackRock Inc. now owns 2,095,426 shares of the company’s stock valued at $52,490,000 after acquiring an additional 41,000 shares during the period. Finally, Schwab Charles Investment Management Inc. increased its position in American Public Education by 36.2% in the 3rd quarter. Schwab Charles Investment Management Inc. now owns 111,006 shares of the company’s stock valued at $2,337,000 after acquiring an additional 29,516 shares during the period. 90.59% of the stock is owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

A number of brokerages have recently weighed in on APEI. TheStreet downgraded shares of American Public Education from a “b-” rating to a “c” rating in a report on Thursday, January 25th. BidaskClub raised shares of American Public Education from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Wednesday. Piper Jaffray Companies reissued a “hold” rating and issued a $29.00 price objective on shares of American Public Education in a research note on Monday, December 4th. BMO Capital Markets reissued a “hold” rating and issued a $24.00 price objective on shares of American Public Education in a research note on Wednesday, January 17th. Finally, ValuEngine downgraded shares of American Public Education from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Friday, December 1st. Three research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, one has assigned a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. American Public Education has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $34.67.

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American Public Education Company Profile

American Public Education, Inc provides online and on-campus postsecondary education. The Company provides postsecondary education through its subsidiary institutions, American Public University System, Inc (APUS) and Hondros College of Nursing (HCON). It operates through two segments: American Public Education Segment, which consists of the operational activities of APUS, other corporate activities, and minority investments, and Hondros College of Nursing Segment, which consists of the operational activities of HCON.

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