ITT Educational Services, Inc.

  • Why I Will Never Buy a For-Profit Education Stock

    By Sam Mattera - August 19, 2013 | Tickers: APOL, DV, ESI

    The for-profit education stocks like Apollo Group (NASDAQ: APOL), ITT Educational Services (NYSE: ESI) and DeVry (NYSE: DV) have been lousy long-term investments.

    Regulatory actions have weighed on the stocks of all three firms, and over the last five-years the stocks have lost 70%, 69% and 44% of their value, respectively.

    Now trading at bargain valuations, these stocks appear cheap based on a number of financial metrics. Nevertheless, I continue more »

  • The Sell-Off of This Educational Stock Is Overdone

    By Vladimir Zernov - July 11, 2013 | Tickers: APOL, DV, ESI

    As the costs of higher education rise, the stocks of for-profit education companies find themselves in trouble. Apollo Group (NASDAQ: APOL) has recently reported its first quarter earnings, showing that new degree enrollment has slumped 24.5%. Investors have punished the company's stock, pushing it down 14% year-to-date. It’s worth noting that the company has beaten earnings estimates by $0.20 while missing revenue by $18.27 million more »

  • Now Is the Time to Invest in Education

    By Brian Grosso - July 9, 2013 | Tickers: APOL, BPI, ESI

    Note: This article has been amended to better reflect the status of University of Phoenix's accreditation status.

    To say that higher education in America is hurting would be an understatement. Big brother-like investigations and regulations from the US Government, huge enrollment drops, increasing default rates, student loan debt exceeding $1 trillion, lawsuits abounding, undercuts in pricing from subsidized public colleges, competition from new learning technology called MOOCs, and a more »

  • Should We Follow Steven Cohen Into ITT Education Services?

    By Anh HOANG - June 12, 2013 | Tickers: APOL, DV, ESI

    Recently, Steven Cohen has filed a 13G filing to disclose his passive stake in ITT Educational Services (NYSE: ESI). He accumulated more than 1.23 million shares in the company, equivalent to around a 5.3% stake in the company. Since the beginning of the year, ITT has gained nearly 55% on the market, much higher than the S&P 500’s return of only 15.23%. Should we follow more »

  • Stay Away From For-Profit Education

    By Matthew Frankel - June 11, 2013 | Tickers: APOL, DV, ESI

    Apollo Group (NASDAQ: APOL), the for-profit education company that is the parent of University of Phoenix, looks like a great deal on the surface. At 7.9 times TTM earnings and over $1.2 billion in net cash, it almost looks like a “too good to be true” situation. It is. The company’s business model is no longer viable and I believe that Apollo’s recent downsizing efforts are more »

  • Three Education Stocks Poised For a Turnaround

    By Zachary Scheidt - June 7, 2013 | Tickers: APOL, ESI, STRA

    Editor's Note: The initial article stated Apollo Group was in the process of laying off 47% of their University of Phoenix employees. This has been corrected to reflect the correct percentage, 4.7%. We apologize for the error.
    For-profit education stocks are setting up for a dramatic rebound as major fundamental factors shift in favor of these investments.
    The for-profit education sector represents a tremendous value due to a more »
  • 3 Highly Profitable Small Cap Stocks

    By Anthony Parsons - May 31, 2013 | Tickers: CAP, DHX, ESI

    Finding small cap stocks that have strong earnings and that have grown significantly over the past five years can potentially uncover winners for the long-term.  These stocks provide exciting opportunities that could uncover some hidden gems.

    How to Find These Stocks

    • Small cap stock
    • Listed on the NYSE or NASDAQ or AMEX
    • EBITDA margin TTM of greater than or equal to 30%
    • EPS growth over the last five years of more »
  • Devry, Inc.: A Hidden Gem in the Private Education Sector

    By Michael Markow - May 26, 2013 | Tickers: APOL, COCO, DV, ONE, ESI, STRA

    Anyone following the for-profit higher education industry knows of its recent turbulence: student enrollments, net incomes, and ultimately share prices have been falling for years. The common agreement for the cause of the spike and retracement of share prices has been the surge in demand for education after the recent financial panic followed by a weak demand over the past few years, as seen in declining student enrollments. Increasing regulatory more »

  • This Educational Stock Is a Cheap Buy

    By Vladimir Zernov - May 17, 2013 | Tickers: APOL, COCO, DV, ESI

    ITT Educational Services(NYSE: ESI) stock was battered in 2012. After starting the year trading at $59.82, ITT's stock finished 2012 trading at only $19.29, a 67.8% decline. The company provides master, bachelor, associate and career-oriented education programs in various fields. This year, the stock has started showing signs of life again. It is currently up 20% year-to-date. The recent positive surprise in the company's more »

  • Wisdom Dawns On Markets For Education Stocks

    By Jacob Wolinsky - May 14, 2013 | Tickers: CPLA, LOPE, ESI

    For-profit education stocks such as Capella  (NASDAQ: CPLA), ITT (NYSE: ESI), and Grand Canyon (NASDAQ: LOPE) have witnessed a sharp rally lately with all the three stocks rising in double digit percentages during the last week. For regular readers of ours, this should not come as a surprise as the advantages of this business model has been discussed regularly. What is happening differently now is that the market is shedding more »

  • Getting Schooled By Career Education Corp

    By Sajid Karsan - March 6, 2013 | Tickers: APOL, CECO, COCO, DV, ESI, STRA

    The for-profit education sector has been hit hard by the market, and for good reason. This industry utilized dishonest marketing practices and drove its enormous growth using massive amounts of federal funding that was rubber stamped by public servants asleep at the wheel. But the party's now over; new rules and additional oversight have pushed many companies in this sector into the red, causing massive losses. But has the more »

  • Education is Changing, Are You Ready?

    By Kyle Campbell - March 4, 2013 | Tickers: APOL, BPI, DV, ESI, STRA

    Editor's Note: Contrary to reporting in a prior version of this post, Ashford University retains its accreditation, and did not recently lose it. The Fool regrets the error.

    The higher education landscape is changing, and for-profit education providers could wind up with a failing grade. With costs skyrocketing, and students turning to the fast-growing field of free online education services, let’s see whether these traditional education companies look more »

  • How to Short the Student Loan Bubble

    By Jordan Wathen - March 2, 2013 | Tickers: APOL, DV, ESI | Editor's Choice

    Houston, we have a problem.

    After years of more and more aid, more loans, and fewer jobs, the student loan bubble looks ready to pop. The Federal Reserve Bank of New York released a report that indicated that 35% of people under 30 who have student loans are at least 90 days late. Despite all the talk of an economic recovery, more people under 30 are now late on their more »

  • Best Performing Stocks of Earnings Season (So Far) Part 2

    By Brian Nichols - February 1, 2013 | Tickers: VOXX, EFII, ESI, OSK, SYNA

    On Wednesday I published an article showing the best performing stocks of this earnings season, and then provided an outlook. In the first piece I looked at the top five, but now I am taking it one step further to look at numbers six through 10. These five stocks might now have rallied to the degree as those in Part 1, but are worth celebrating nonetheless.




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  • Dropout Investor: Reasons to Avoid the For-Profit Education Sector

    By John Macris - January 14, 2013 | Tickers: APOL, DV, LOPE, ESI, STRA | Editor's Choice

    Editor's Note: The initial version provided an incorrect P/E ratio for ITT Education Services and referenced Grand Canyon's opening of a campus in Massachusetts. This version has been corrected.

    During March 2009, I had the opportunity to meet professional investor Mark B. Fisher at a conference in New York City. Mr. Fisher is Founder/CEO of a major futures clearing firm and a graduate of University of more »

  • Festivus: The Airing of Grievances!

    By AnnaLisa Kraft - December 10, 2012 | Tickers: APOL, DECK, ENVI, ESI, SVU, ZNGA

    Festivus, the holiday for the rest of us popularized by the TV show "Seinfeld," is just two weeks away so you still have time to pull out the Festivus aluminum pole from the crawlspace, Google some recipes for the traditional meatloaf, and send out invites to upper management in the following companies.

    Shareholders of these companies will have plenty to shout about for the customary airing of grievances usually synchronized more »

  • 3 Education Companies Trading At Compelling Valuations

    By Bill Edson - December 5, 2012 | Tickers: APOL, BPI, ESI

    For-profit education had a great run as a growth industry. But now that the economy is recovering, the bubble in education is slowing and, in some areas, deflating rapidly. Many potential enrollees are selecting other education options.

    The explosive growth of for-profit colleges was not sustainable. In the current, challenging environment investors need to find rock-bottom valuations before taking long position. Fortunately, Bridgepoint (NYSE: BPI), Apollo (NASDAQ: APOL), and ITT more »

  • Beat Student Loan Debt with These 3 Education Stocks

    By Bill Edson - November 8, 2012 | Tickers: APOL, BPI, DV, LOPE, ESI

    Are we coming out of a bubble in for-profit education? Though many students benefit from these institutions, there are many who emerge from them saddled with debt and without jobs.

    The growth of for-profit colleges has been rapid and is not sustainable. Enrollment has dropped, and many stock prices are dropping with it. In such a challenging environment investors must demand low valuations for investments.

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  • Back to School: How to Play Growing Student Loan Debt for Profits

    By Bill Edson - October 24, 2012 | Tickers: APOL, BPI, DV, ESI, STRA

    Is there a bubble in for-profit education? Though many students benefit from these institutions, there are many who emerge from them saddled with debt and without jobs.

    The growth of for-profit colleges has been rapid and is not sustainable. Enrollment is dropping, and many stock prices are falling as well. In such a challenging environment, investors must demand low valuations for any investments.

    Mounting Student Loan Debt

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  • Can You Profit From For-Profit Education?

    By T. M. Loyd - September 20, 2012 | Tickers: APOL, DV, ESI

    For-profit education wallows in 52-week lows, but yesterday’s losers are tomorrow’s winners, and these stocks bear fundamental examination yet again; as a former public educator I have no great love for this industry, but the shockwaves the industry has suffered due to government attempts at regulation this year have piqued my curiosity. So crack open your books (e.g. SEC filings) and pull up a desk.

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