Analysts Anticipate American Public Education, Inc. (APEI) to Post $0.52 EPS

Equities analysts predict that American Public Education, Inc. (NASDAQ:APEI) will report $0.52 earnings per share (EPS) for the current fiscal quarter, according to Zacks Investment Research. Two analysts have issued estimates for American Public Education’s earnings. American Public Education posted earnings of $0.51 per share during the same quarter last year, which suggests a positive year over year growth rate of 2%. The firm is scheduled to report its next earnings report on Tuesday, February 26th.

On average, analysts expect that American Public Education will report full year earnings of $1.59 per share for the current financial year. For the next financial year, analysts forecast that the company will post earnings of $1.65 per share, with EPS estimates ranging from $1.57 to $1.70. Zacks’ EPS calculations are an average based on a survey of sell-side research firms that cover American Public Education.

American Public Education (NASDAQ:APEI) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, November 6th. The company reported $0.33 EPS for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.31 by $0.02. American Public Education had a net margin of 8.35% and a return on equity of 8.77%. The company had revenue of $72.99 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $72.24 million. During the same quarter in the prior year, the company posted $0.27 EPS. The company’s quarterly revenue was down .4% compared to the same quarter last year.

APEI has been the subject of a number of research reports. TheStreet cut American Public Education from a “b-” rating to a “c+” rating in a report on Wednesday, November 7th. Barrington Research reiterated a “buy” rating and set a $40.00 target price on shares of American Public Education in a report on Wednesday, November 7th. BidaskClub upgraded American Public Education from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Friday, November 2nd. Zacks Investment Research cut American Public Education from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Monday, November 12th. Finally, Piper Jaffray Companies reiterated a “hold” rating and set a $41.00 target price on shares of American Public Education in a report on Thursday, August 9th. Three equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and four have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock presently has an average rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $42.25.

Shares of NASDAQ:APEI traded up $0.12 during trading on Friday, reaching $31.64. 105,085 shares of the stock were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 133,153. American Public Education has a 12-month low of $23.15 and a 12-month high of $46.15. The stock has a market capitalization of $517.69 million, a P/E ratio of 24.53, a PEG ratio of 1.32 and a beta of 0.54.

In other news, insider Wallace E. Jr. Boston sold 12,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, November 7th. The stock was sold at an average price of $36.00, for a total transaction of $432,000.00. Following the completion of the sale, the insider now owns 367,001 shares in the company, valued at approximately $13,212,036. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through the SEC website. Insiders have sold a total of 12,550 shares of company stock valued at $449,319 in the last quarter. Company insiders own 3.19% of the company’s stock.

Hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the business. Piedmont Investment Advisors LLC purchased a new position in American Public Education in the 2nd quarter worth approximately $161,000. Advisors Preferred LLC purchased a new position in American Public Education in the 2nd quarter worth approximately $177,000. United Services Automobile Association purchased a new position in American Public Education in the 2nd quarter worth approximately $202,000. Raymond James Financial Services Advisors Inc. purchased a new position in American Public Education in the 2nd quarter worth approximately $226,000. Finally, Wedge Capital Management L L P NC purchased a new position in American Public Education in the 3rd quarter worth approximately $200,000. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 92.75% of the company’s stock.

American Public Education Company Profile

American Public Education, Inc, together with its subsidiaries, provides online and campus-based postsecondary education. The company operates through two segments, American Public Education and Hondros College of Nursing. It offers 108 degree programs and 109 certificate programs in various fields of study, including business administration, health science, technology, criminal justice, education, and liberal arts, as well as national security, military studies, intelligence, and homeland security.

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