Barrington Research Comments on Capella Education Company’s Q4 2017 Earnings (NASDAQ:CPLA)

Capella Education Company (NASDAQ:CPLA) – Equities research analysts at Barrington Research upped their Q4 2017 earnings per share estimates for Capella Education Company in a research note issued on Thursday. Barrington Research analyst A. Paris. Jr now anticipates that the company will post earnings per share of $1.12 for the quarter, up from their previous forecast of $1.06. Barrington Research has a “Outperform” rating and a $98.00 price objective on the stock.

Capella Education Company (NASDAQ:CPLA) last released its earnings results on Tuesday, April 25th. The company reported $0.94 EPS for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.87 by $0.07. Capella Education Company had a net margin of 10.31% and a return on equity of 21.04%. The firm had revenue of $111.80 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $111.19 million. During the same quarter in the previous year, the business earned $0.86 EPS. The business’s quarterly revenue was up 6.1% compared to the same quarter last year. COPYRIGHT VIOLATION WARNING: “Barrington Research Comments on Capella Education Company’s Q4 2017 Earnings (NASDAQ:CPLA)” was published by WKRB News and is owned by of WKRB News. If you are accessing this piece on another domain, it was stolen and republished in violation of US & international copyright & trademark laws. The original version of this piece can be read at https://www.wkrb13.com/markets/2284583/barrington-research-comments-on-capella-education-companys-q4-2017-earnings-nasdaqcpla.html.

Separately, Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of Capella Education Company from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Monday, April 24th. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and two have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. Capella Education Company presently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $90.20.

Shares of Capella Education Company (NASDAQ:CPLA) opened at 85.05 on Monday. Capella Education Company has a 12-month low of $52.87 and a 12-month high of $99.25. The firm has a market cap of $985.56 million, a price-to-earnings ratio of 22.39 and a beta of 0.53. The firm’s 50-day moving average is $87.98 and its 200-day moving average is $85.78.

Large investors have recently bought and sold shares of the company. BlackRock Inc. boosted its stake in Capella Education Company by 76,655.0% in the first quarter. BlackRock Inc. now owns 1,387,731 shares of the company’s stock worth $117,991,000 after buying an additional 1,385,923 shares during the last quarter. Norges Bank bought a new stake in Capella Education Company during the fourth quarter worth approximately $25,219,000. Vanguard Group Inc. boosted its stake in Capella Education Company by 10.4% in the first quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. now owns 1,111,466 shares of the company’s stock worth $94,503,000 after buying an additional 104,409 shares during the last quarter. AQR Capital Management LLC boosted its stake in Capella Education Company by 41.8% in the first quarter. AQR Capital Management LLC now owns 153,373 shares of the company’s stock worth $13,041,000 after buying an additional 45,237 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Handelsbanken Fonder AB boosted its stake in Capella Education Company by 24.9% in the first quarter. Handelsbanken Fonder AB now owns 141,000 shares of the company’s stock worth $11,989,000 after buying an additional 28,071 shares during the last quarter. Institutional investors own 91.16% of the company’s stock.

In other news, CFO Steven L. Polacek sold 7,061 shares of the stock in a transaction on Thursday, May 4th. The shares were sold at an average price of $93.94, for a total transaction of $663,310.34. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through the SEC website. Also, Director Michael Linton sold 625 shares of the stock in a transaction on Wednesday, May 3rd. The stock was sold at an average price of $94.23, for a total transaction of $58,893.75. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Over the last quarter, insiders have sold 23,262 shares of company stock valued at $2,093,256. 3.56% of the stock is currently owned by corporate insiders.

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, July 14th. Stockholders of record on Wednesday, May 24th will be given a dividend of $0.41 per share. This represents a $1.64 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 1.93%. The ex-dividend date is Monday, May 22nd. Capella Education Company’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 43.27%.

About Capella Education Company

Capella Education Company is an education services company. The Company provides direct path between learning and employment through its online postsecondary education offerings and through programs to develop job-ready skills for demand markets. The company’s segments include post-secondary segment and job-ready skills segment.

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