Louisiana State Employees Retirement System held its position in Capella Education Company (NASDAQ:CPLA) during the second quarter, according to its most recent 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The fund owned 4,700 shares of the company’s stock at the end of the second quarter. Louisiana State Employees Retirement System’s holdings in Capella Education were worth $402,000 as of its most recent filing with the SEC.

A number of other hedge funds and other institutional investors have also recently added to or reduced their stakes in CPLA. American Century Companies Inc. raised its position in Capella Education by 141.8% in the first quarter. American Century Companies Inc. now owns 33,396 shares of the company’s stock valued at $2,839,000 after buying an additional 19,582 shares during the last quarter. Algert Global LLC raised its position in Capella Education by 2.2% in the first quarter. Algert Global LLC now owns 25,850 shares of the company’s stock valued at $2,198,000 after buying an additional 549 shares during the last quarter. LSV Asset Management raised its position in Capella Education by 8.7% in the first quarter. LSV Asset Management now owns 24,843 shares of the company’s stock valued at $2,112,000 after buying an additional 1,998 shares during the last quarter. Great West Life Assurance Co. Can raised its position in Capella Education by 5.9% in the first quarter. Great West Life Assurance Co. Can now owns 15,520 shares of the company’s stock valued at $1,319,000 after buying an additional 869 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Wells Fargo & Company MN raised its position in Capella Education by 10.2% in the first quarter. Wells Fargo & Company MN now owns 64,368 shares of the company’s stock valued at $5,473,000 after buying an additional 5,972 shares during the last quarter. 89.09% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

Shares of Capella Education Company (NASDAQ CPLA) traded up 0.82% during mid-day trading on Monday, reaching $67.50. 16,912 shares of the company’s stock traded hands. The company has a market cap of $787.79 million, a price-to-earnings ratio of 17.42 and a beta of 0.49. Capella Education Company has a 12 month low of $56.88 and a 12 month high of $99.25. The company has a 50 day moving average of $79.60 and a 200 day moving average of $83.92.

Capella Education (NASDAQ:CPLA) last issued its earnings results on Tuesday, July 25th. The company reported $0.90 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.80 by $0.10. Capella Education had a return on equity of 20.23% and a net margin of 10.49%. The company had revenue of $109.60 million for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $109.89 million. During the same period last year, the business earned $0.93 EPS. Capella Education’s quarterly revenue was up 2.7% compared to the same quarter last year. Analysts expect that Capella Education Company will post $3.54 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, October 13th. Investors of record on Friday, August 25th will be issued a $0.41 dividend. This represents a $1.64 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 2.45%. The ex-dividend date is Wednesday, August 23rd. Capella Education’s dividend payout ratio is currently 42.38%.

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Several research firms recently weighed in on CPLA. Barrington Research lifted their price objective on shares of Capella Education from $85.00 to $98.00 and gave the stock an “outperform” rating in a research note on Tuesday, April 25th. Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of Capella Education from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Monday, April 24th. BMO Capital Markets reduced their price objective on shares of Capella Education from $86.00 to $79.45 and set an “outperform” rating on the stock in a research note on Wednesday, July 26th. Finally, BidaskClub lowered shares of Capella Education from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Friday, July 28th. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, one has given a hold rating and two have assigned a buy rating to the stock. The stock has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $87.69.

In related news, CEO J Kevin Gilligan sold 2,000 shares of the stock in a transaction on Tuesday, July 25th. The stock was sold at an average price of $82.18, for a total value of $164,360.00. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through this link. Over the last quarter, insiders sold 18,000 shares of company stock worth $1,543,760. 3.56% of the stock is owned by company insiders.

About Capella Education

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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Institutional Ownership by Quarter for Capella Education (NASDAQ:CPLA)

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