Investment Analysts’ Recent Ratings Updates for Laureate Education (LAUR)

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Laureate Education (NASDAQ: LAUR) recently received a number of ratings updates from brokerages and research firms:

  • 10/23/2018 – Laureate Education was downgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a “hold” rating to a “strong sell” rating. According to Zacks, “Laureate Education, Inc. is a degree-granting higher education institutions. The company offers high-quality undergraduate, graduate and specialized programs. Laureate Education, Inc. is headquartered in Baltimore, Maryland. “
  • 10/17/2018 – Laureate Education was downgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating. According to Zacks, “Laureate Education, Inc. is a degree-granting higher education institutions. The company offers high-quality undergraduate, graduate and specialized programs. Laureate Education, Inc. is headquartered in Baltimore, Maryland. “
  • 10/12/2018 – Laureate Education was upgraded by analysts at ValuEngine from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating.
  • 10/10/2018 – Laureate Education was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating. They now have a $17.00 price target on the stock. According to Zacks, “Laureate Education, Inc. is a degree-granting higher education institutions. The company offers high-quality undergraduate, graduate and specialized programs. Laureate Education, Inc. is headquartered in Baltimore, Maryland. “
  • 9/6/2018 – Laureate Education was downgraded by analysts at ValuEngine from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating.

Shares of NASDAQ:LAUR traded up $0.44 during trading on Tuesday, hitting $14.90. 803,117 shares of the company’s stock traded hands, compared to its average volume of 549,385. Laureate Education Inc has a 52 week low of $10.46 and a 52 week high of $16.99. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.32, a current ratio of 1.02 and a quick ratio of 1.02. The stock has a market capitalization of $3.33 billion, a PE ratio of -12.42, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.82 and a beta of 1.19.

Laureate Education (NASDAQ:LAUR) last released its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, August 9th. The company reported $1.00 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.70 by $0.30. Laureate Education had a return on equity of 13.74% and a net margin of 11.22%. The business had revenue of $1.25 billion for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $1.25 billion. During the same quarter in the previous year, the business posted $0.28 EPS. Laureate Education’s revenue for the quarter was down 2.2% on a year-over-year basis. On average, research analysts expect that Laureate Education Inc will post 0.68 earnings per share for the current year.

In other news, CEO Paula R. Singer sold 23,109 shares of Laureate Education stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, August 14th. The stock was sold at an average price of $16.00, for a total transaction of $369,744.00. Following the transaction, the chief executive officer now owns 76,067 shares in the company, valued at approximately $1,217,072. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at the SEC website. Also, CEO Paula R. Singer sold 7,703 shares of Laureate Education stock in a transaction dated Friday, September 14th. The shares were sold at an average price of $15.31, for a total value of $117,932.93. Following the transaction, the chief executive officer now owns 68,364 shares in the company, valued at approximately $1,046,652.84. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders have sold a total of 38,515 shares of company stock worth $602,375 in the last quarter. 4.59% of the stock is currently owned by company insiders.

Several large investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in LAUR. Barclays PLC boosted its stake in Laureate Education by 49.2% in the 1st quarter. Barclays PLC now owns 13,090 shares of the company’s stock valued at $180,000 after purchasing an additional 4,315 shares during the period. Tower Research Capital LLC TRC bought a new stake in Laureate Education in the 2nd quarter valued at $312,000. Fox Run Management L.L.C. boosted its stake in Laureate Education by 78.0% in the 2nd quarter. Fox Run Management L.L.C. now owns 25,619 shares of the company’s stock valued at $367,000 after purchasing an additional 11,226 shares during the period. Trexquant Investment LP bought a new stake in Laureate Education in the 2nd quarter valued at $440,000. Finally, JPMorgan Chase & Co. boosted its stake in Laureate Education by 253.9% in the 1st quarter. JPMorgan Chase & Co. now owns 42,238 shares of the company’s stock valued at $581,000 after purchasing an additional 30,304 shares during the period. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 35.17% of the company’s stock.

Laureate Education, Inc, together with its subsidiaries, provides higher education programs and services to students through universities and higher education institutions. It operates through six segments: Brazil, Mexico, Andean & Iberian, Central America & U.S. Campuses, EMEAA, and Online & Partnerships.

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