Analysts expect that Laureate Education Inc (NASDAQ:LAUR) will announce earnings of $0.55 per share for the current fiscal quarter, Zacks Investment Research reports. Four analysts have provided estimates for Laureate Education’s earnings. The lowest EPS estimate is $0.47 and the highest is $0.69. Laureate Education reported earnings per share of $1.00 during the same quarter last year, which indicates a negative year over year growth rate of 45%. The company is expected to report its next quarterly earnings results on Thursday, August 8th.

According to Zacks, analysts expect that Laureate Education will report full-year earnings of $0.39 per share for the current year. For the next fiscal year, analysts anticipate that the company will post earnings of $1.00 per share, with EPS estimates ranging from $0.77 to $1.36. Zacks’ EPS calculations are a mean average based on a survey of sell-side research firms that that provide coverage for Laureate Education.

Laureate Education (NASDAQ:LAUR) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, May 9th. The company reported $0.85 EPS for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of ($0.60) by $1.45. The company had revenue of $621.80 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $609.98 million. Laureate Education had a return on equity of 4.71% and a net margin of 11.00%. The company’s quarterly revenue was down 1.6% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period last year, the company earned $0.59 earnings per share.

Several brokerages recently weighed in on LAUR. Zacks Investment Research cut Laureate Education from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Saturday, March 2nd. TheStreet raised Laureate Education from a “c” rating to a “b-” rating in a research note on Friday, April 26th. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, two have issued a hold rating and two have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $18.25.

Shares of LAUR traded down $0.44 during trading hours on Friday, reaching $16.06. 602,774 shares of the company’s stock traded hands, compared to its average volume of 624,128. The firm has a market capitalization of $3.71 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of -535.33, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 2.75 and a beta of 0.43. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.30, a quick ratio of 0.87 and a current ratio of 0.87. Laureate Education has a twelve month low of $13.58 and a twelve month high of $17.15.

In related news, CEO Jose Roberto Loureiro sold 28,140 shares of the stock in a transaction on Thursday, March 14th. The stock was sold at an average price of $15.02, for a total value of $422,662.80. Following the completion of the transaction, the chief executive officer now owns 12,555 shares in the company, valued at approximately $188,576.10. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at the SEC website. Also, COO Ricardo M. Berckemeyer sold 6,627 shares of the stock in a transaction on Tuesday, March 5th. The shares were sold at an average price of $15.00, for a total value of $99,405.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the chief operating officer now owns 68,921 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $1,033,815. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders have sold 56,667 shares of company stock valued at $876,524 in the last ninety days. Company insiders own 2.97% of the company’s stock.

Several large investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in LAUR. Federated Investors Inc. PA acquired a new position in shares of Laureate Education in the 1st quarter valued at $25,000. Public Employees Retirement System of Ohio lifted its stake in Laureate Education by 45.5% in the 4th quarter. Public Employees Retirement System of Ohio now owns 2,352 shares of the company’s stock worth $36,000 after acquiring an additional 735 shares in the last quarter. Zurcher Kantonalbank Zurich Cantonalbank lifted its stake in Laureate Education by 73.4% in the 4th quarter. Zurcher Kantonalbank Zurich Cantonalbank now owns 8,061 shares of the company’s stock worth $123,000 after acquiring an additional 3,413 shares in the last quarter. Stone Ridge Asset Management LLC purchased a new stake in Laureate Education in the 4th quarter worth about $159,000. Finally, State Board of Administration of Florida Retirement System purchased a new stake in Laureate Education in the 4th quarter worth about $163,000. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 44.13% of the company’s stock.

About Laureate Education

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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