Analysts Set Capella Education (CPLA) Price Target at $100.50

Capella Education (NASDAQ:CPLA) has been given a consensus recommendation of “Hold” by the eight ratings firms that are presently covering the firm, MarketBeat reports. Four equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and three have issued a buy rating on the company. The average 12 month price target among analysts that have updated their coverage on the stock in the last year is $100.50.

A number of equities analysts have weighed in on the company. BidaskClub upgraded Capella Education from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Saturday, May 26th. BMO Capital Markets upped their target price on Capella Education from $94.00 to $103.00 and gave the stock an “outperform” rating in a research note on Thursday, May 3rd. ValuEngine lowered Capella Education from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Wednesday, May 2nd. Zacks Investment Research upgraded Capella Education from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $98.00 target price on the stock in a research note on Wednesday, May 16th. Finally, Piper Jaffray Companies upgraded Capella Education from a “neutral” rating to an “overweight” rating in a research note on Monday, March 5th.

Shares of NASDAQ:CPLA traded down $0.35 during midday trading on Monday, reaching $94.80. 307 shares of the company traded hands, compared to its average volume of 64,178. Capella Education has a 12 month low of $65.15 and a 12 month high of $98.20. The firm has a market cap of $1.13 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 27.74, a PEG ratio of 2.21 and a beta of 0.31.

Capella Education (NASDAQ:CPLA) last released its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, May 2nd. The company reported $1.20 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of $1.17 by $0.03. The company had revenue of $112.00 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $112.92 million. Capella Education had a return on equity of 19.78% and a net margin of 5.92%. The firm’s revenue for the quarter was up .2% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period in the previous year, the company posted $0.94 EPS. sell-side analysts predict that Capella Education will post 4.39 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, June 29th. Stockholders of record on Thursday, May 24th will be given a dividend of $0.43 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Wednesday, May 23rd. This represents a $1.72 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 1.81%. Capella Education’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 50.15%.

Several institutional investors have recently made changes to their positions in CPLA. UBS Asset Management Americas Inc. bought a new position in shares of Capella Education during the 4th quarter valued at about $209,000. Stone Ridge Asset Management LLC bought a new position in shares of Capella Education during the 4th quarter valued at about $217,000. Kellner Capital LLC bought a new position in shares of Capella Education during the 4th quarter valued at about $271,000. Xact Kapitalforvaltning AB bought a new position in shares of Capella Education during the 1st quarter valued at about $278,000. Finally, Virtu Financial LLC bought a new position in shares of Capella Education during the 4th quarter valued at about $309,000. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 92.53% of the company’s stock.

Capella Education Company Profile

Capella Education Company, through its subsidiaries, provides online postsecondary education and job-ready skills services in the United States. Its Post-Secondary segment offers various doctoral, master's, and bachelor's programs primarily for working adults in public service leadership, nursing and health sciences, psychology, business and technology, counseling and human services, and education markets; and courses that are eligible for transfer into credit at approximately 2,000 colleges and universities.

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