Capella Education Co. (CPLA) Earns “Buy” Rating from Credit Suisse Group AG
Credit Suisse Group AG restated their buy rating on shares of Capella Education Co. (NASDAQ:CPLA) in a research report report published on Monday. Credit Suisse Group AG currently has a $70.00 price target on the stock.
“We do not have data on CAH’s Lymphoseek sales, which are an immaterial part of its $130 billion in forecast FY17 revenues. However, the news highlights the company’s ability to deploy capital in what we see as NPV positive ways to boost shareholder returns and economic profit generation. CAH’s FY17 EPS guidance issued only six weeks ago with more conservative assumptions on drug price inflation year over year is more dependent on its ability to execute on a range of strategies like the Lymphoseek deal not tied to drug price inflation.”,” the firm’s analyst commented.
A number of other equities analysts also recently issued reports on the company. Zacks Investment Research raised Capella Education from a sell rating to a hold rating in a research report on Tuesday, August 9th. Barrington Research upped their price target on Capella Education from $60.00 to $66.00 and gave the stock an outperform rating in a research report on Wednesday, July 27th. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and four have issued a buy rating to the stock. The company has a consensus rating of Buy and an average target price of $59.20.
Capella Education (NASDAQ:CPLA) opened at 57.70 on Monday. The company has a 50-day moving average price of $59.45 and a 200-day moving average price of $54.61. Capella Education has a one year low of $39.06 and a one year high of $63.01. The company has a market capitalization of $667.19 million, a PE ratio of 17.90 and a beta of 1.10.
Capella Education (NASDAQ:CPLA) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, July 26th. The company reported $0.82 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.87 by $0.05. The business had revenue of $106.70 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $105.93 million. Capella Education had a return on equity of 20.80% and a net margin of 9.12%. The business’s revenue for the quarter was up 2.0% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the previous year, the company posted $0.83 earnings per share. Analysts expect that Capella Education will post $3.49 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.
The business also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, October 14th. Stockholders of record on Friday, August 26th will be issued a dividend of $0.39 per share. This represents a $1.56 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 2.70%. The ex-dividend date is Wednesday, August 24th. Capella Education’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 48.30%.
In other news, CFO Steven L. Polacek sold 2,894 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Monday, August 22nd. The shares were sold at an average price of $62.00, for a total transaction of $179,428.00. Following the sale, the chief financial officer now directly owns 43,355 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $2,688,010. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through this link. Also, CEO J Kevin Gilligan sold 16,892 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Friday, August 19th. The shares were sold at an average price of $59.23, for a total transaction of $1,000,513.16. Following the sale, the chief executive officer now directly owns 69,705 shares in the company, valued at $4,128,627.15. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders own 6.50% of the company’s stock.
A number of large investors have recently bought and sold shares of CPLA. Royce & Associates LP raised its stake in Capella Education by 9.1% in the second quarter. Royce & Associates LP now owns 1,022,471 shares of the company’s stock valued at $53,823,000 after buying an additional 85,500 shares during the last quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. raised its stake in Capella Education by 4.7% in the second quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. now owns 919,604 shares of the company’s stock valued at $48,408,000 after buying an additional 41,093 shares during the last quarter. Makaira Partners LLC acquired a new stake in Capella Education during the first quarter valued at approximately $36,666,000. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP raised its stake in Capella Education by 7.6% in the second quarter. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP now owns 457,946 shares of the company’s stock valued at $24,105,000 after buying an additional 32,199 shares during the last quarter. Finally, BlackRock Institutional Trust Company N.A. raised its stake in Capella Education by 1.5% in the first quarter. BlackRock Institutional Trust Company N.A. now owns 296,247 shares of the company’s stock valued at $15,594,000 after buying an additional 4,513 shares during the last quarter. 90.37% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors.
About Capella Education
Capella Education Company is an online postsecondary education services company. The Company’s academic programs are delivered through its subsidiary, Capella University (the University), which is an online academic institution offering online postsecondary education services primarily to working adults.
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