Laureate Education Inc (NASDAQ:LAUR) insider Marcelo Cardoso sold 6,900 shares of the stock in a transaction on Thursday, March 14th. The shares were sold at an average price of $15.24, for a total value of $105,156.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the insider now directly owns 24,037 shares in the company, valued at approximately $366,323.88. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through the SEC website.

LAUR opened at $15.09 on Friday. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.28, a current ratio of 1.02 and a quick ratio of 1.02. Laureate Education Inc has a 12 month low of $12.90 and a 12 month high of $17.15. The firm has a market capitalization of $3.34 billion, a P/E ratio of 8.72, a PEG ratio of 2.77 and a beta of 0.41.

Laureate Education (NASDAQ:LAUR) last released its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, February 28th. The company reported $0.31 EPS for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.27 by $0.04. Laureate Education had a net margin of 9.66% and a return on equity of 5.73%. As a group, sell-side analysts forecast that Laureate Education Inc will post 0.45 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

LAUR has been the subject of a number of recent analyst reports. Citigroup restated a “buy” rating and issued a $19.00 price objective on shares of Laureate Education in a research report on Wednesday, December 12th. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Laureate Education from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $17.00 price objective for the company in a research report on Wednesday, January 2nd. ValuEngine upgraded shares of Laureate Education from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Wednesday, January 2nd. Finally, TheStreet upgraded shares of Laureate Education from a “d-” rating to a “c” rating in a research report on Thursday, January 17th. Three research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and three have issued a buy rating to the company. The stock has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $18.30.

Institutional investors and hedge funds have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the stock. Public Employees Retirement System of Ohio increased its holdings in Laureate Education by 45.5% during the 4th quarter. Public Employees Retirement System of Ohio now owns 2,352 shares of the company’s stock worth $36,000 after purchasing an additional 735 shares in the last quarter. Amalgamated Bank increased its holdings in Laureate Education by 9.7% during the 4th quarter. Amalgamated Bank now owns 12,328 shares of the company’s stock worth $188,000 after purchasing an additional 1,087 shares in the last quarter. Citigroup Inc. increased its holdings in Laureate Education by 11.2% during the 4th quarter. Citigroup Inc. now owns 26,077 shares of the company’s stock worth $397,000 after purchasing an additional 2,632 shares in the last quarter. Zurcher Kantonalbank Zurich Cantonalbank increased its holdings in Laureate Education by 73.4% during the 4th quarter. Zurcher Kantonalbank Zurich Cantonalbank now owns 8,061 shares of the company’s stock worth $123,000 after purchasing an additional 3,413 shares in the last quarter. Finally, California Public Employees Retirement System increased its holdings in Laureate Education by 3.3% during the 4th quarter. California Public Employees Retirement System now owns 110,665 shares of the company’s stock worth $1,687,000 after purchasing an additional 3,501 shares in the last quarter. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 43.16% of the company’s stock.

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About Laureate Education

Laureate Education, Inc, together with its subsidiaries, provides higher education programs and services to students through universities and higher education institutions. It operates through six segments: Brazil, Mexico, Andean & Iberian, Central America & U.S. Campuses, EMEAA, and Online & Partnerships.

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