Dimensional Fund Advisors LP Raises Position in Capella Education Company (CPLA)

Dimensional Fund Advisors LP increased its position in shares of Capella Education Company (NASDAQ:CPLA) by 0.7% during the fourth quarter, according to its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The firm owned 477,028 shares of the company’s stock after buying an additional 3,349 shares during the period. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP owned approximately 4.16% of Capella Education Company worth $41,883,000 as of its most recent filing with the SEC.

Other hedge funds and other institutional investors also recently modified their holdings of the company. Sei Investments Co. raised its stake in Capella Education Company by 81.0% in the third quarter. Sei Investments Co. now owns 2,042 shares of the company’s stock worth $118,000 after buying an additional 914 shares during the last quarter. KBC Group NV raised its stake in Capella Education Company by 55.8% in the third quarter. KBC Group NV now owns 3,334 shares of the company’s stock worth $194,000 after buying an additional 1,194 shares during the last quarter. Aperio Group LLC acquired a new stake in Capella Education Company during the third quarter worth $200,000. Municipal Employees Retirement System of Michigan raised its stake in Capella Education Company by 0.8% in the third quarter. Municipal Employees Retirement System of Michigan now owns 3,560 shares of the company’s stock valued at $206,000 after buying an additional 30 shares in the last quarter. Finally, SG Americas Securities LLC purchased a new stake in Capella Education Company during the third quarter valued at approximately $235,000. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 92.24% of the company’s stock.

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

Capella Education Company (NASDAQ:CPLA) traded up 0.06% during trading on Friday, reaching $89.40. 36,534 shares of the company’s stock traded hands. Capella Education Company has a one year low of $48.80 and a one year high of $90.40. The firm’s 50 day moving average price is $82.23 and its 200-day moving average price is $80.29. The stock has a market cap of $1.03 billion, a P/E ratio of 24.64 and a beta of 0.67.

Capella Education Company (NASDAQ:CPLA) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, February 14th. The company reported $0.97 EPS for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.95 by $0.02. Capella Education Company had a return on equity of 21.44% and a net margin of 10.10%. The firm earned $111.30 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $110.63 million. During the same period last year, the company posted $0.96 EPS. The business’s quarterly revenue was up 4.9% compared to the same quarter last year. On average, equities analysts anticipate that Capella Education Company will post $3.74 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The firm also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Thursday, April 13th. Shareholders of record on Friday, March 10th were given a dividend of $0.41 per share. The ex-dividend date was Wednesday, March 8th. This represents a $1.64 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 1.84%. Capella Education Company’s payout ratio is presently 45.30%.

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CPLA has been the topic of several analyst reports. Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of Capella Education Company from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Friday, February 17th. BMO Capital Markets upgraded shares of Capella Education Company from a “market perform” rating to an “outperform” rating and raised their price target for the company from $83.00 to $84.00 in a research report on Wednesday, February 15th. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a hold rating and three have issued a buy rating to the stock. The company has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $84.60.

In other Capella Education Company news, CFO Steven L. Polacek sold 3,187 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Thursday, February 23rd. The stock was sold at an average price of $76.00, for a total transaction of $242,212.00. Following the completion of the sale, the chief financial officer now directly owns 37,750 shares in the company, valued at approximately $2,869,000. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at this hyperlink. Company insiders own 6.50% of the company’s stock.

About Capella Education Company

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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