Lincoln Educational Services (NASDAQ:LINC) was downgraded by Zacks Investment Research from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report issued on Thursday.

According to Zacks, “Lincoln Educational is a leading and diversified for-profit provider of a career-oriented post-secondary education headquartered in West Orange, New Jersey. It offers recent high school graduates and working adults degree and diploma programs in four principal areas of study: automotive technology, allied health (which includes programs for medical administrative assistants, medical assistants, pharmacy technicians and massage therapists), skilled trades and business and information technology. “

Separately, ValuEngine upgraded Lincoln Educational Services from a “strong sell” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Friday, February 2nd.

Lincoln Educational Services (NASDAQ:LINC) traded down $0.02 during trading hours on Thursday, hitting $1.72. The company had a trading volume of 6,452 shares, compared to its average volume of 20,709. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.45, a quick ratio of 0.72 and a current ratio of 0.75. Lincoln Educational Services has a 12 month low of $1.65 and a 12 month high of $3.74. The company has a market cap of $44.74, a price-to-earnings ratio of -1.08, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 0.91 and a beta of 2.63.

Lincoln Educational Services (NASDAQ:LINC) last released its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, November 8th. The company reported ($0.06) earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.01 by ($0.07). Lincoln Educational Services had a negative net margin of 15.45% and a negative return on equity of 35.57%. The company had revenue of $67.31 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $67.57 million. During the same quarter in the previous year, the firm posted ($0.02) earnings per share. The business’s revenue for the quarter was down 9.4% compared to the same quarter last year. sell-side analysts predict that Lincoln Educational Services will post -0.48 EPS for the current fiscal year.

Several large investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in LINC. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP raised its stake in shares of Lincoln Educational Services by 51.7% during the 2nd quarter. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP now owns 45,695 shares of the company’s stock valued at $142,000 after purchasing an additional 15,568 shares during the period. Janus Henderson Group PLC bought a new stake in shares of Lincoln Educational Services during the 2nd quarter valued at $187,000. Essex Investment Management Co. LLC raised its stake in shares of Lincoln Educational Services by 159.8% during the 3rd quarter. Essex Investment Management Co. LLC now owns 111,414 shares of the company’s stock valued at $279,000 after purchasing an additional 68,537 shares during the period. Finally, Alyeska Investment Group L.P. raised its stake in shares of Lincoln Educational Services by 103.7% during the 3rd quarter. Alyeska Investment Group L.P. now owns 1,598,872 shares of the company’s stock valued at $3,997,000 after purchasing an additional 813,960 shares during the period. Institutional investors own 62.17% of the company’s stock.

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Lincoln Educational Services Company Profile

Lincoln Educational Services Corporation is a provider of post-secondary education. The Company operates in two segments: Transportation and Skilled Trades, and Transitional. The Transportation and Skilled Trades segment offers academic programs in the disciplines of transportation and skilled trades (automotive, diesel, heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC), welding and manufacturing).

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