Bridgepoint Education (BPI) Getting Somewhat Favorable Media Coverage, Report Finds

News headlines about Bridgepoint Education (NYSE:BPI) have been trending somewhat positive recently, according to Accern. The research firm identifies positive and negative press coverage by analyzing more than twenty million blog and news sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Bridgepoint Education earned a coverage optimism score of 0.20 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave press coverage about the company an impact score of 46.7430966680003 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the next several days.

Bridgepoint Education (BPI) traded up $0.10 during trading hours on Monday, hitting $9.75. 129,163 shares of the company’s stock traded hands, compared to its average volume of 171,201. The firm has a market cap of $281.55, a price-to-earnings ratio of 14.19, a P/E/G ratio of 1.57 and a beta of 2.21.

Bridgepoint Education (NYSE:BPI) last issued its earnings results on Wednesday, October 25th. The company reported $0.25 EPS for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.24 by $0.01. Bridgepoint Education had a net margin of 0.49% and a return on equity of 12.78%. The business had revenue of $119.40 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $121.95 million. During the same quarter last year, the firm posted $0.09 EPS. The business’s revenue for the quarter was down 12.6% compared to the same quarter last year. sell-side analysts predict that Bridgepoint Education will post 0.62 earnings per share for the current year.

BPI has been the subject of several research reports. Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of Bridgepoint Education from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Tuesday, July 11th. Piper Jaffray Companies restated a “hold” rating and issued a $16.00 price target on shares of Bridgepoint Education in a research note on Friday, July 21st. ValuEngine upgraded shares of Bridgepoint Education from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Friday, July 28th. Finally, BidaskClub downgraded shares of Bridgepoint Education from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Tuesday, July 25th. Two analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, two have assigned a hold rating and one has issued a buy rating to the company. The company currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $13.00.

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In other news, CEO Andrew S. Clark sold 54,075 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Tuesday, August 15th. The shares were sold at an average price of $8.83, for a total value of $477,482.25. Following the transaction, the chief executive officer now owns 146,806 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $1,296,296.98. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is accessible through this hyperlink. Also, Director Pincus Private Equity Warburg sold 2,075,395 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Friday, August 18th. The shares were sold at an average price of $9.00, for a total transaction of $18,678,555.00. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Company insiders own 41.50% of the company’s stock.

About Bridgepoint Education

Bridgepoint Education, Inc (Bridgepoint) is a provider of postsecondary education services. The Company’s academic institutions include Ashford University and University of the Rockies. Bridgepoint’s institutions conduct ongoing faculty and student assessment processes, and provide a range of student services.

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