Systematic Financial Management LP boosted its position in Capella Education Co. (NASDAQ:CPLA) by 0.1% during the second quarter, Holdings Channel reports. The fund owned 35,004 shares of the company’s stock after buying an additional 25 shares during the period. Systematic Financial Management LP owned 0.30% of Capella Education worth $1,842,000 as of its most recent filing with the SEC.

A number of other hedge funds have also recently bought and sold shares of the company. Royce & Associates LP increased its stake in Capella Education by 9.1% in the second quarter. Royce & Associates LP now owns 1,022,471 shares of the company’s stock worth $53,823,000 after buying an additional 85,500 shares during the last quarter. Makaira Partners LLC purchased a new stake in Capella Education during the first quarter worth approximately $36,666,000. BlackRock Institutional Trust Company N.A. increased its stake in Capella Education by 1.5% in the first quarter. BlackRock Institutional Trust Company N.A. now owns 296,247 shares of the company’s stock worth $15,594,000 after buying an additional 4,513 shares during the last quarter. State Street Corp increased its stake in Capella Education by 0.7% in the first quarter. State Street Corp now owns 241,913 shares of the company’s stock worth $12,735,000 after buying an additional 1,755 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Norges Bank purchased a new stake in Capella Education during the fourth quarter worth approximately $7,941,000. Institutional investors own 90.37% of the company’s stock.

Shares of Capella Education Co. (NASDAQ:CPLA) traded down 0.85% during mid-day trading on Wednesday, hitting $57.16. The stock had a trading volume of 28,664 shares. The company has a 50 day moving average price of $59.51 and a 200 day moving average price of $54.59. Capella Education Co. has a 12-month low of $39.06 and a 12-month high of $63.01. The firm has a market cap of $660.94 million, a P/E ratio of 17.73 and a beta of 1.10.

Capella Education (NASDAQ:CPLA) last announced its earnings results on Tuesday, July 26th. The company reported $0.82 EPS for the quarter, missing the consensus estimate of $0.87 by $0.05. The business earned $106.70 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $105.93 million. Capella Education had a return on equity of 20.80% and a net margin of 9.12%. The firm’s revenue was up 2.0% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period in the previous year, the firm earned $0.83 earnings per share. Equities analysts forecast that Capella Education Co. will post $3.49 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, October 14th. Stockholders of record on Friday, August 26th will be issued a $0.39 dividend. This represents a $1.56 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 2.71%. The ex-dividend date is Wednesday, August 24th. Capella Education’s payout ratio is currently 48.30%.

CPLA has been the topic of a number of research analyst reports. Zacks Investment Research downgraded Capella Education from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Thursday, June 16th. Credit Suisse Group AG reiterated a “buy” rating on shares of Capella Education in a research report on Thursday, September 1st. Finally, Barrington Research boosted their target price on Capella Education from $60.00 to $66.00 and gave the stock an “outperform” rating in a research report on Wednesday, July 27th. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and four have assigned a buy rating to the stock. The stock presently has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $59.20.

In other news, CEO J Kevin Gilligan sold 16,892 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, August 19th. The stock was sold at an average price of $59.23, for a total value of $1,000,513.16. Following the transaction, the chief executive officer now directly owns 69,705 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $4,128,627.15. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through this hyperlink. Also, CFO Steven L. Polacek sold 2,894 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, August 22nd. The stock was sold at an average price of $62.00, for a total value of $179,428.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the chief financial officer now directly owns 43,355 shares in the company, valued at $2,688,010. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. 6.50% of the stock is owned by insiders.

About Capella Education

Capella Education Company is an online postsecondary education services company. The Company’s academic programs are delivered through its subsidiary, Capella University (the University), which is an online academic institution offering online postsecondary education services primarily to working adults.

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