Laureate Education Inc (NASDAQ:LAUR) CEO Paula R. Singer sold 3,348 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Wednesday, September 4th. The shares were sold at an average price of $18.19, for a total transaction of $60,900.12. Following the transaction, the chief executive officer now directly owns 26,578 shares in the company, valued at $483,453.82. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available at the SEC website.

Laureate Education stock traded down $0.30 during mid-day trading on Friday, reaching $17.68. 629,733 shares of the company traded hands, compared to its average volume of 948,496. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.68, a current ratio of 0.93 and a quick ratio of 0.93. The firm’s 50 day moving average price is $17.07 and its 200 day moving average price is $16.02. The firm has a market capitalization of $3.97 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of -589.33, a P/E/G ratio of 2.29 and a beta of 0.20. Laureate Education Inc has a 52-week low of $13.58 and a 52-week high of $18.57.

Laureate Education (NASDAQ:LAUR) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, August 8th. The company reported $0.46 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.57 by ($0.11). The company had revenue of $1 billion for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $998.46 million. Laureate Education had a net margin of 28.57% and a negative return on equity of 0.85%. The firm’s revenue for the quarter was down 1.5% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period in the previous year, the firm posted $1.00 earnings per share. On average, sell-side analysts anticipate that Laureate Education Inc will post 0.65 EPS for the current year.

A number of brokerages have issued reports on LAUR. BMO Capital Markets boosted their price objective on shares of Laureate Education from $18.00 to $20.00 and gave the company an “outperform” rating in a research report on Friday, August 9th. Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of Laureate Education from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Saturday, August 10th. JPMorgan Chase & Co. boosted their price objective on shares of Laureate Education from $22.00 to $25.00 and gave the company an “overweight” rating in a research report on Wednesday, August 28th. Citigroup reissued a “buy” rating and set a $22.00 price objective (up from $19.00) on shares of Laureate Education in a research report on Wednesday, August 28th. Finally, Stifel Nicolaus set a $22.00 price objective on shares of Laureate Education and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research report on Friday, August 30th. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and five have given a buy rating to the company. Laureate Education currently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $21.50.

Several large investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in LAUR. New York State Teachers Retirement System purchased a new stake in shares of Laureate Education in the 2nd quarter worth about $130,000. SG Americas Securities LLC grew its position in shares of Laureate Education by 53.6% in the 1st quarter. SG Americas Securities LLC now owns 10,960 shares of the company’s stock worth $164,000 after buying an additional 3,823 shares during the period. Man Group plc purchased a new stake in shares of Laureate Education in the 2nd quarter worth about $192,000. ETRADE Capital Management LLC purchased a new stake in shares of Laureate Education in the 2nd quarter worth about $195,000. Finally, CPV Partners LLC purchased a new stake in shares of Laureate Education in the 2nd quarter worth about $225,000. 45.40% of the stock is currently owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

Laureate Education Company Profile

Laureate Education, Inc, together with its subsidiaries, provides higher education programs and services to students through a network of universities and higher education institutions. It operates through five segments: Brazil, Mexico, Andean, Rest of World, and Online & Partnerships. The company offers a range of undergraduate and graduate degree programs primarily in the areas of business and management, medicine and health sciences, and engineering and information technology through campus-based, online, and hybrid programs.

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