Wall Street analysts expect Laureate Education Inc (NASDAQ:LAUR) to report earnings of $0.53 per share for the current quarter, according to Zacks Investment Research. Four analysts have made estimates for Laureate Education’s earnings, with the highest EPS estimate coming in at $0.55 and the lowest estimate coming in at $0.52. Laureate Education reported earnings of $0.13 per share in the same quarter last year, which indicates a positive year over year growth rate of 307.7%. The business is expected to report its next quarterly earnings results on Thursday, February 27th.

On average, analysts expect that Laureate Education will report full year earnings of $5.05 per share for the current fiscal year. For the next fiscal year, analysts forecast that the company will report earnings of $1.14 per share, with EPS estimates ranging from $0.87 to $1.36. Zacks Investment Research’s EPS calculations are a mean average based on a survey of sell-side research analysts that follow Laureate Education.

Laureate Education (NASDAQ:LAUR) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, November 6th. The company reported ($0.42) EPS for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.07 by ($0.49). The company had revenue of $773.70 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $781.12 million. Laureate Education had a net margin of 28.57% and a negative return on equity of 0.85%. The firm’s revenue was down .6% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the previous year, the business earned ($0.42) EPS.

LAUR has been the topic of a number of analyst reports. ValuEngine raised Laureate Education from a “strong sell” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Thursday, October 10th. Barrington Research reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a $22.00 price objective on shares of Laureate Education in a research note on Thursday, September 12th. Stifel Nicolaus set a $22.00 price objective on Laureate Education and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research note on Friday, August 30th. Zacks Investment Research raised Laureate Education from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $17.00 price objective on the stock in a research note on Friday, November 1st. Finally, JPMorgan Chase & Co. increased their price objective on Laureate Education from $22.00 to $25.00 and gave the company an “overweight” rating in a research note on Wednesday, August 28th. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating and six have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company presently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $21.33.

LAUR opened at $16.67 on Friday. The company has a quick ratio of 0.93, a current ratio of 0.93 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.68. The firm has a market cap of $3.57 billion, a P/E ratio of -555.67, a PEG ratio of 2.01 and a beta of 0.15. Laureate Education has a 52 week low of $13.58 and a 52 week high of $18.57. The business’s fifty day simple moving average is $16.10 and its 200 day simple moving average is $16.38.

In other Laureate Education news, CEO Paula R. Singer sold 3,349 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Friday, November 1st. The stock was sold at an average price of $15.47, for a total value of $51,809.03. Following the sale, the chief executive officer now directly owns 19,880 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $307,543.60. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through this link. Also, major shareholder Alberta Lp Wengen sold 15,000,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Thursday, September 12th. The stock was sold at an average price of $16.72, for a total value of $250,800,000.00. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Over the last three months, insiders sold 16,007,700 shares of company stock worth $267,649,178. 2.97% of the stock is owned by corporate insiders.

A number of large investors have recently modified their holdings of LAUR. Daiwa Securities Group Inc. acquired a new stake in Laureate Education in the 3rd quarter worth about $26,000. Usca Ria LLC acquired a new stake in Laureate Education in the 3rd quarter worth about $28,000. Harel Insurance Investments & Financial Services Ltd. acquired a new stake in Laureate Education in the 3rd quarter worth about $33,000. New York State Teachers Retirement System acquired a new stake in Laureate Education in the 2nd quarter worth about $130,000. Finally, Russell Investments Group Ltd. acquired a new stake in Laureate Education in the 3rd quarter worth about $175,000. 50.46% of the stock is currently owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

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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