LSV Asset Management boosted its position in Capella Education Company (NASDAQ:CPLA) by 8.7% during the first quarter, according to its most recent Form 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The fund owned 24,843 shares of the company’s stock after buying an additional 1,998 shares during the period. LSV Asset Management owned 0.21% of Capella Education Company worth $2,112,000 as of its most recent filing with the SEC.
Several other large investors have also recently bought and sold shares of the company. Sit Investment Associates Inc. increased its stake in Capella Education Company by 1.3% in the third quarter. Sit Investment Associates Inc. now owns 21,425 shares of the company’s stock worth $1,244,000 after buying an additional 275 shares during the period. Allianz Asset Management AG purchased a new stake in Capella Education Company during the fourth quarter worth $3,367,000. TIAA CREF Investment Management LLC increased its stake in Capella Education Company by 3.7% in the third quarter. TIAA CREF Investment Management LLC now owns 81,469 shares of the company’s stock worth $4,728,000 after buying an additional 2,926 shares during the period. Comerica Bank increased its stake in Capella Education Company by 4.9% in the fourth quarter. Comerica Bank now owns 12,197 shares of the company’s stock worth $1,059,000 after buying an additional 565 shares during the period. Finally, Dimensional Fund Advisors LP increased its stake in Capella Education Company by 0.7% in the fourth quarter. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP now owns 477,028 shares of the company’s stock worth $41,883,000 after buying an additional 3,349 shares during the period. 92.24% of the stock is owned by institutional investors.
Shares of Capella Education Company (NASDAQ:CPLA) opened at 88.10 on Friday. Capella Education Company has a 1-year low of $48.80 and a 1-year high of $99.25. The stock has a market capitalization of $1.02 billion, a P/E ratio of 23.19 and a beta of 0.67. The stock’s 50 day moving average price is $90.41 and its 200-day moving average price is $85.09.
Capella Education Company (NASDAQ:CPLA) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, April 25th. The company reported $0.94 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $0.87 by $0.07. The company had revenue of $111.80 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $111.19 million. Capella Education Company had a return on equity of 21.44% and a net margin of 10.10%. Capella Education Company’s revenue for the quarter was up 6.1% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period in the prior year, the firm earned $0.86 earnings per share. Equities research analysts anticipate that Capella Education Company will post $3.63 EPS for the current fiscal year.
The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, July 14th. Stockholders of record on Wednesday, May 24th will be given a dividend of $0.41 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Monday, May 22nd. This represents a $1.64 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 1.86%. Capella Education Company’s dividend payout ratio is currently 45.30%.
CPLA has been the subject of a number of recent research reports. Zacks Investment Research downgraded Capella Education Company from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Friday, February 17th. Barrington Research raised their price target on Capella Education Company from $85.00 to $98.00 and gave the stock an “outperform” rating in a research note on Tuesday, April 25th. Finally, BMO Capital Markets raised Capella Education Company from a “market perform” rating to an “outperform” rating and raised their price target for the stock from $83.00 to $84.00 in a research note on Wednesday, February 15th. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and two have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. Capella Education Company presently has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $90.20.
In other news, CEO J Kevin Gilligan sold 2,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Thursday, May 18th. The stock was sold at an average price of $88.79, for a total transaction of $177,580.00. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through this link. Also, Director Michael Linton sold 625 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, May 3rd. The stock was sold at an average price of $94.23, for a total value of $58,893.75. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders have sold 16,449 shares of company stock valued at $1,476,388 over the last ninety days. 6.50% of the stock is owned by insiders.
Capella Education Company Company Profile
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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