American Public Education, Inc. (NASDAQ:APEI) Receives $30.50 Average PT from Analysts

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American Public Education, Inc. (NASDAQ:APEI) has earned an average rating of “Hold” from the six brokerages that are covering the stock, Marketbeat reports. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, three have issued a hold rating and one has assigned a buy rating to the company. The average 1 year price objective among analysts that have covered the stock in the last year is $30.50.

APEI has been the topic of a number of analyst reports. ValuEngine raised shares of American Public Education from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Wednesday, October 2nd. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of American Public Education from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $28.00 target price on the stock in a research note on Thursday, November 14th. BidaskClub cut shares of American Public Education from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Saturday, November 2nd. Finally, Barrington Research reiterated a “hold” rating on shares of American Public Education in a research report on Tuesday, October 15th.

Shares of NASDAQ:APEI traded down $0.04 during midday trading on Wednesday, hitting $24.72. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 4,942 shares, compared to its average volume of 121,613. The business’s 50 day simple moving average is $23.57 and its 200 day simple moving average is $26.66. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.03, a quick ratio of 5.03 and a current ratio of 5.03. The company has a market cap of $381.26 million, a P/E ratio of 15.26, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.54 and a beta of 0.95. American Public Education has a 12-month low of $21.51 and a 12-month high of $34.97.

American Public Education (NASDAQ:APEI) last issued its earnings results on Tuesday, November 12th. The company reported $0.11 EPS for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.36 by ($0.25). American Public Education had a return on equity of 6.68% and a net margin of 4.64%. The firm had revenue of $67.89 million for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $66.16 million. During the same period last year, the firm earned $0.33 earnings per share. American Public Education’s revenue for the quarter was down 7.0% on a year-over-year basis. On average, sell-side analysts predict that American Public Education will post 1.08 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

In other American Public Education news, COO Robert E. Gay sold 3,488 shares of American Public Education stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, November 19th. The shares were sold at an average price of $27.02, for a total transaction of $94,245.76. Following the completion of the sale, the chief operating officer now directly owns 10,479 shares in the company, valued at $283,142.58. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is available through this hyperlink. Over the last quarter, insiders have sold 4,088 shares of company stock valued at $108,666. Company insiders own 2.70% of the company’s stock.

Several hedge funds have recently made changes to their positions in the stock. BlackRock Inc. grew its holdings in shares of American Public Education by 2.2% in the second quarter. BlackRock Inc. now owns 2,429,319 shares of the company’s stock valued at $71,861,000 after purchasing an additional 51,222 shares in the last quarter. Systematic Financial Management LP grew its holdings in shares of American Public Education by 9.9% in the third quarter. Systematic Financial Management LP now owns 393,385 shares of the company’s stock valued at $8,788,000 after purchasing an additional 35,283 shares in the last quarter. Russell Investments Group Ltd. grew its holdings in shares of American Public Education by 1.8% in the third quarter. Russell Investments Group Ltd. now owns 299,328 shares of the company’s stock valued at $6,689,000 after purchasing an additional 5,184 shares in the last quarter. Man Group plc grew its holdings in shares of American Public Education by 1.0% in the second quarter. Man Group plc now owns 249,231 shares of the company’s stock valued at $7,372,000 after purchasing an additional 2,348 shares in the last quarter. Finally, D. E. Shaw & Co. Inc. grew its holdings in shares of American Public Education by 36.8% in the second quarter. D. E. Shaw & Co. Inc. now owns 243,604 shares of the company’s stock valued at $7,206,000 after purchasing an additional 65,568 shares in the last quarter. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 94.13% of the company’s stock.

About American Public Education

American Public Education, Inc, together with its subsidiaries, provides online and campus-based postsecondary education. The company operates through two segments, American Public Education and Hondros College of Nursing. It offers 108 degree programs and 109 certificate programs in various fields of study, including business administration, health science, technology, criminal justice, education, and liberal arts, as well as national security, military studies, intelligence, and homeland security.

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