Wall Street analysts predict that American Public Education, Inc. (NASDAQ:APEI) will report $72.66 million in sales for the current fiscal quarter, according to Zacks Investment Research. Two analysts have issued estimates for American Public Education’s earnings, with the highest sales estimate coming in at $73.12 million and the lowest estimate coming in at $72.20 million. American Public Education reported sales of $73.28 million in the same quarter last year, which indicates a negative year-over-year growth rate of 0.8%. The business is expected to report its next quarterly earnings report on Tuesday, November 6th.

According to Zacks, analysts expect that American Public Education will report full-year sales of $297.52 million for the current fiscal year, with estimates ranging from $295.97 million to $299.07 million. For the next year, analysts forecast that the company will report sales of $302.80 million per share, with estimates ranging from $302.50 million to $303.10 million. Zacks’ sales averages are an average based on a survey of analysts that that provide coverage for American Public Education.

American Public Education (NASDAQ:APEI) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, August 8th. The company reported $0.39 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $0.33 by $0.06. American Public Education had a net margin of 7.97% and a return on equity of 8.61%. The firm had revenue of $72.80 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $73.14 million. During the same quarter in the previous year, the company posted $0.23 EPS. American Public Education’s revenue was up .8% on a year-over-year basis.

APEI has been the subject of several research analyst reports. BidaskClub cut shares of American Public Education from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Wednesday, August 8th. Barrington Research dropped their price objective on shares of American Public Education to $40.00 and set an “outperform” rating for the company in a research report on Thursday, August 9th. They noted that the move was a valuation call. Piper Jaffray Companies restated a “hold” rating and issued a $41.00 price objective on shares of American Public Education in a research report on Thursday, August 9th. ValuEngine cut shares of American Public Education from a “strong-buy” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Thursday, August 9th. Finally, Zacks Investment Research cut shares of American Public Education from a “strong-buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Monday, July 30th. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, three have given a hold rating and three have assigned a buy rating to the company. American Public Education currently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $42.25.

In other American Public Education news, insider Wallace E. Jr. Boston sold 4,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Friday, June 1st. The shares were sold at an average price of $43.08, for a total transaction of $172,320.00. Following the completion of the sale, the insider now owns 390,901 shares in the company, valued at approximately $16,840,015.08. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through this hyperlink. Insiders have sold a total of 12,300 shares of company stock valued at $529,488 in the last quarter. Corporate insiders own 3.19% of the company’s stock.

Several institutional investors have recently modified their holdings of the business. SG Americas Securities LLC bought a new stake in shares of American Public Education during the 1st quarter valued at $101,000. Wells Fargo & Company MN increased its position in shares of American Public Education by 9.9% in the 1st quarter. Wells Fargo & Company MN now owns 26,964 shares of the company’s stock valued at $1,160,000 after buying an additional 2,436 shares in the last quarter. Legal & General Group Plc increased its position in shares of American Public Education by 8.1% in the 2nd quarter. Legal & General Group Plc now owns 32,771 shares of the company’s stock valued at $1,380,000 after buying an additional 2,468 shares in the last quarter. Northern Trust Corp increased its position in shares of American Public Education by 1.3% in the 1st quarter. Northern Trust Corp now owns 206,148 shares of the company’s stock valued at $8,864,000 after buying an additional 2,628 shares in the last quarter. Finally, First Trust Advisors LP increased its position in shares of American Public Education by 17.7% in the 2nd quarter. First Trust Advisors LP now owns 18,890 shares of the company’s stock valued at $795,000 after buying an additional 2,841 shares in the last quarter. Institutional investors own 98.66% of the company’s stock.

APEI stock traded up $0.25 during trading on Monday, hitting $35.90. The company had a trading volume of 50,205 shares, compared to its average volume of 129,541. American Public Education has a 12 month low of $17.40 and a 12 month high of $46.15. The stock has a market capitalization of $578.94 million, a PE ratio of 27.83, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.46 and a beta of 0.65.

About American Public Education

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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