American Public Education (APEI) Upgraded to “Hold” at BidaskClub

BidaskClub upgraded shares of American Public Education (NASDAQ:APEI) from a sell rating to a hold rating in a report released on Wednesday morning.

Several other analysts have also recently weighed in on the stock. Zacks Investment Research cut shares of American Public Education from a buy rating to a hold rating in a research note on Monday, January 29th. ValuEngine upgraded shares of American Public Education from a hold rating to a buy rating in a research note on Thursday, March 1st. TheStreet upgraded shares of American Public Education from a c rating to a b- rating in a research note on Thursday, November 30th. BMO Capital Markets lifted their price objective on shares of American Public Education from $27.00 to $42.00 and gave the stock a market perform rating in a research note on Tuesday, March 20th. Finally, Piper Jaffray Companies reiterated a hold rating and issued a $29.00 price objective on shares of American Public Education in a research note on Monday, December 4th. Three investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, one has issued a buy rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the company. American Public Education has a consensus rating of Buy and an average price target of $34.67.

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Shares of APEI stock opened at $42.15 on Wednesday. American Public Education has a 12 month low of $17.40 and a 12 month high of $45.75. The firm has a market cap of $704.83, a PE ratio of 32.67, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.87 and a beta of 0.93.

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

In other news, Director Eric C. Andersen sold 3,500 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, March 16th. The shares were sold at an average price of $41.80, for a total value of $146,300.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the director now directly owns 8,555 shares in the company, valued at approximately $357,599. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through this link. Also, SVP Amy Panzarella sold 2,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, March 5th. The shares were sold at an average price of $35.00, for a total transaction of $70,000.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the senior vice president now owns 7,007 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $245,245. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders sold a total of 9,800 shares of company stock valued at $372,745 over the last 90 days. Corporate insiders own 3.59% of the company’s stock.

Large investors have recently modified their holdings of the company. BNP Paribas Arbitrage SA raised its position in shares of American Public Education by 41.7% in the 3rd quarter. BNP Paribas Arbitrage SA now owns 9,356 shares of the company’s stock valued at $197,000 after buying an additional 2,755 shares in the last quarter. Susquehanna International Group LLP acquired a new position in shares of American Public Education in the 3rd quarter valued at approximately $214,000. MetLife Investment Advisors LLC acquired a new position in shares of American Public Education in the 4th quarter valued at approximately $223,000. Unison Advisors LLC acquired a new position in shares of American Public Education in the 4th quarter valued at approximately $317,000. Finally, The Manufacturers Life Insurance Company raised its position in shares of American Public Education by 10.8% in the 2nd quarter. The Manufacturers Life Insurance Company now owns 13,878 shares of the company’s stock valued at $328,000 after buying an additional 1,353 shares in the last quarter. Institutional investors own 90.59% of the company’s stock.

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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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