Capella Education (NASDAQ:CPLA) Upgraded at BidaskClub

BidaskClub upgraded shares of Capella Education (NASDAQ:CPLA) from a hold rating to a buy rating in a research report released on Tuesday, April 10th.

A number of other brokerages also recently weighed in on CPLA. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Capella Education from a hold rating to a buy rating and set a $95.00 target price on the stock in a report on Wednesday, March 7th. Barrington Research reiterated a hold rating on shares of Capella Education in a report on Monday, March 5th. Piper Jaffray upgraded shares of Capella Education from a neutral rating to an overweight rating in a report on Monday, March 5th. First Analysis raised shares of Capella Education from an equal weight rating to an overweight rating and boosted their target price for the company from $92.00 to $98.00 in a research report on Sunday, March 4th. Finally, BMO Capital Markets cut their price objective on shares of Capella Education from $98.00 to $83.00 and set an outperform rating for the company in a research report on Friday, March 2nd. One analyst has rated the stock with a hold rating and five have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock presently has an average rating of Buy and a consensus price target of $91.50.

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Shares of CPLA opened at $93.85 on Tuesday. Capella Education has a twelve month low of $65.15 and a twelve month high of $99.25. The company has a market capitalization of $1,102.90, a price-to-earnings ratio of 27.59, a P/E/G ratio of 2.24 and a beta of 0.39.

Capella Education (NASDAQ:CPLA) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, March 1st. The company reported $0.86 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.98 by ($0.12). Capella Education had a net margin of 5.34% and a return on equity of 18.53%. The business had revenue of $112.03 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $112.85 million. During the same quarter last year, the business earned $0.97 earnings per share. Capella Education’s revenue for the quarter was up .6% on a year-over-year basis. equities research analysts expect that Capella Education will post 4.22 EPS for the current year.

The business also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, April 13th. Stockholders of record on Thursday, March 8th were issued a $0.43 dividend. The ex-dividend date was Wednesday, March 7th. This represents a $1.72 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 1.83%. Capella Education’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is currently 50.15%.

Several hedge funds have recently bought and sold shares of CPLA. UBS Asset Management Americas Inc. bought a new position in shares of Capella Education in the fourth quarter worth about $209,000. Stone Ridge Asset Management LLC bought a new position in shares of Capella Education in the fourth quarter worth about $217,000. Cubist Systematic Strategies LLC bought a new position in shares of Capella Education in the third quarter worth about $220,000. Kellner Capital LLC bought a new position in shares of Capella Education in the fourth quarter worth about $271,000. Finally, Virtu Financial LLC bought a new position in shares of Capella Education in the fourth quarter worth about $309,000. 94.83% of the stock is owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

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About Capella Education

Capella Education Company, through its subsidiaries, provides online postsecondary education and job-ready skills services in the United States. Its Post-Secondary segment offers various doctoral, master's, and bachelor's programs primarily for working adults in public service leadership, nursing and health sciences, psychology, business and technology, counseling and human services, and education markets; and courses that are eligible for transfer into credit at approximately 2,000 colleges and universities.

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