Wall Street analysts expect Laureate Education Inc (NASDAQ:LAUR) to post earnings of ($0.21) per share for the current fiscal quarter, according to Zacks Investment Research. Four analysts have issued estimates for Laureate Education’s earnings. The lowest EPS estimate is ($0.33) and the highest is ($0.10). Laureate Education posted earnings of ($0.91) per share during the same quarter last year, which suggests a positive year over year growth rate of 76.9%. The firm is scheduled to announce its next earnings results on Wednesday, November 14th.

According to Zacks, analysts expect that Laureate Education will report full-year earnings of $2.06 per share for the current fiscal year. For the next fiscal year, analysts expect that the company will post earnings of $0.96 per share, with EPS estimates ranging from $0.56 to $1.14. Zacks’ earnings per share averages are an average based on a survey of sell-side research firms that follow Laureate Education.

Laureate Education (NASDAQ:LAUR) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, August 9th. The company reported $1.00 EPS for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.70 by $0.30. The company had revenue of $1.25 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $1.25 billion. Laureate Education had a net margin of 11.22% and a return on equity of 13.74%. Laureate Education’s quarterly revenue was down 2.2% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter in the prior year, the firm earned $0.28 EPS.

A number of brokerages have commented on LAUR. Barclays restated a “hold” rating and set a $17.00 price objective on shares of Laureate Education in a research report on Friday, August 10th. ValuEngine upgraded shares of Laureate Education from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Friday, August 17th. Barrington Research restated a “buy” rating and set a $20.00 price objective on shares of Laureate Education in a research report on Friday, August 10th. Citigroup upped their price objective on shares of Laureate Education from $19.00 to $20.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research report on Wednesday, August 15th. Finally, Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Laureate Education from a “hold” rating to a “strong-buy” rating and set a $17.00 price target on the stock in a research note on Wednesday, July 11th. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, one has issued a hold rating and nine have assigned a buy rating to the company. The stock currently has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $18.41.

Laureate Education stock traded down $0.24 during trading hours on Monday, reaching $15.11. 35,624 shares of the stock were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 738,054. The company has a market cap of $3.44 billion, a P/E ratio of -12.60, a PEG ratio of 1.88 and a beta of 1.14. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.32, a quick ratio of 1.02 and a current ratio of 1.02. Laureate Education has a 52-week low of $10.46 and a 52-week high of $16.99.

In other news, CEO Paula R. Singer sold 23,109 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Tuesday, August 14th. The shares were sold at an average price of $16.00, for a total transaction of $369,744.00. Following the transaction, the chief executive officer now directly owns 76,067 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $1,217,072. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is accessible through the SEC website. Corporate insiders own 4.59% of the company’s stock.

A number of hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently modified their holdings of LAUR. SG Americas Securities LLC acquired a new stake in Laureate Education in the 1st quarter valued at about $106,000. Barclays PLC grew 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 acquiring an additional 4,315 shares during the last quarter. Tower Research Capital LLC TRC acquired a new stake in Laureate Education in the 2nd quarter valued at about $312,000. Fox Run Management L.L.C. grew 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 acquiring an additional 11,226 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Trexquant Investment LP acquired a new stake in Laureate Education in the 2nd quarter valued at about $440,000. 35.05% 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 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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