American Public Education (APEI) Downgraded by ValuEngine to Hold

ValuEngine lowered shares of American Public Education (NASDAQ:APEI) from a buy rating to a hold rating in a report released on Friday.

Several other equities research analysts also recently weighed in on APEI. BMO Capital Markets reiterated a hold rating and set a $19.00 target price on shares of American Public Education in a research note on Wednesday, October 25th. Piper Jaffray Companies reiterated a hold rating and set a $26.00 target price on shares of American Public Education in a research note on Tuesday, October 17th. BidaskClub downgraded shares of American Public Education from a sell rating to a strong sell rating in a research note on Saturday, August 26th. Finally, Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of American Public Education from a sell rating to a hold rating in a research note on Wednesday, October 11th. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, three have given a hold rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the stock. The company has a consensus rating of Hold and an average target price of $25.67.

American Public Education (NASDAQ APEI) opened at $26.45 on Friday. American Public Education has a 12 month low of $17.40 and a 12 month high of $27.40. The stock has a market cap of $431.91, a price-to-earnings ratio of 22.13, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 2.46 and a beta of 1.26.

American Public Education (NASDAQ:APEI) last released its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, November 7th. The company reported $0.27 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $0.21 by $0.06. American Public Education had a net margin of 6.54% and a return on equity of 7.20%. The company had revenue of $73.28 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $71.06 million. During the same quarter in the prior year, the firm posted $0.02 earnings per share. American Public Education’s revenue for the quarter was down .7% on a year-over-year basis. research analysts forecast that American Public Education will post 1.08 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

Several institutional investors and hedge funds have recently made changes to their positions in the company. Texas Permanent School Fund boosted its stake in shares of American Public Education by 1.0% during the second quarter. Texas Permanent School Fund now owns 11,853 shares of the company’s stock worth $280,000 after buying an additional 119 shares during the period. Public Employees Retirement System of Ohio boosted its stake in shares of American Public Education by 9.4% during the second quarter. Public Employees Retirement System of Ohio now owns 7,140 shares of the company’s stock worth $169,000 after buying an additional 616 shares during the period. Strs Ohio boosted its stake in shares of American Public Education by 3.5% during the second quarter. Strs Ohio now owns 29,200 shares of the company’s stock worth $690,000 after buying an additional 1,000 shares during the period. Goldman Sachs Group Inc. boosted its stake in shares of American Public Education by 2.2% during the second quarter. Goldman Sachs Group Inc. now owns 46,591 shares of the company’s stock worth $1,102,000 after buying an additional 1,019 shares during the period. Finally, Teachers Advisors LLC raised its holdings in American Public Education by 3.8% during the second quarter. Teachers Advisors LLC now owns 33,351 shares of the company’s stock worth $789,000 after purchasing an additional 1,208 shares in the last quarter. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 90.91% of the company’s stock.

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About American Public Education

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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