Strayer Education

  • Don't Be Fooled: This Industry Is Still in Decline

    By Bob Ciura - August 1, 2013 | Tickers: APOL, BPI, STRA

    For-profit education stocks have suffered mightily over the past year on widespread concerns. At the heart of it is an ongoing concern over the very economic viability of the industry itself. Dropping enrollments and falling profits are accelerating, forming a snowball effect of sorts that has brought the entire sector to its knees.

    More recently though, industry components including Apollo Group (NASDAQ: APOL), Bridgepoint Education (NYSE: BPI), and Strayer Education more »

  • Searching For Value in the Education Industry

    By Brian Grosso - July 24, 2013 | Tickers: APOL, BPI, STRA

    The education industry in America has been hurting for the last two years or so. Enrollments have declined across the board. According to the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center, total enrollments at higher education institutions in the US dropped a whopping 2.3% year-over-year this spring.

    A tough job market, increasingly high cohort default rates, exorbitant tuition, sanctions and accreditation insecurity, low retention, a scathing Congressional report, and questionable cost more »

  • This Industry Is in Serious Trouble

    By Bob Ciura - June 27, 2013 | Tickers: APOL, BPI, STRA

    If you’re an investor who owns stocks, you know that risk management is a key component of building a portfolio. As stockholders, we are residual claimants, meaning owners of a company aren’t entitled to anything. Whereas bonds are a contractual relationship, and bondholders are the first on the capital structure to receive payment, stockholders are often left holding the bag if a company goes bust.

    Therefore, it’s more »

  • Should You Stray Away From This For-Profit Education Services Provider?

    By Mark Lin - June 10, 2013 | Tickers: APOL, DV, STRA

    The most profitable investment opportunities are found in industries that are perceived to be high risk. One example is the for-profit education sector which has suffered from issues relating to low enrollment rates and regulatory risks. I like Strayer Education (NASDAQ: STRA), a for-profit, post-secondary education services provider, for the way it has tackled issues like affordability and low graduation rates head on, with the aim of improving enrollment rates 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 »
  • Decent Prospects in the E-vy League?

    By Chris Hodge - May 29, 2013 | Tickers: EDU, STRA, XRS

    Forget the Ivy League -- today's budget-conscious and time-conscious students are turning to the E-vy League, schools that operate primarily online or with a strong online element. However, education is a tricky endeavor to quantify, as any teacher could tell you. Let's take a look at three companies with potential and vet their prospects for your portfolio.

    A decent inroad to the Chinese economy

    New Oriental Education & Technology Group 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 »

  • Should You Invest in Education Stocks?

    By Nauman Aly - May 24, 2013 | Tickers: APOL, BPI, DV, STRA

    Education companies that are for-profit have been performing poorly in the market recently. Once very popular, these companies have been suffering from financial problems and declining enrollment. Companies like Strayer University (NASDAQ: STRA), Bridgepoint Education (NYSE: BPI), and also the Apollo Group (NASDAQ: APOL) have seen large declines in the stock market. In fact, the entire business model is in danger. The fact that new enrollment for these programs more »

  • 3 Companies With 3 Great Characteristics for Your Portfolio

    By Anh HOANG - May 13, 2013 | Tickers: PETS, RTN, STRA

    I am on the hunt for businesses that have consistently generated high returns on capital over a long period of time, produced good cash flow, paid decent dividends, and are valued cheaply. Thus, I ran a screen for finding such businesses that have consistently generated return on equity of at least 15% in each of the past five years, had a free cash flow yield of at least 5%, and more »

  • Should Investors Send For-Profit Education Stocks to Detention?

    By Bob Ciura - April 29, 2013 | Tickers: APOL, BPI, DV, STRA

    The for-profit education industry in the United States is shrouded in controversy and concern. Investors are understandably shaken by poor financial performance, while new student enrollment figures continue to decline for America’s biggest publicly-traded education companies. After dramatic declines for Strayer University (NASDAQ: STRA), Bridgepoint Education (NYSE: BPI) and Apollo Group (NASDAQ: APOL), are these stocks as cheap as they appear on the surface? Or do each of these more »

  • This Stock is Massively Undervalued

    By Ted Cooper - April 13, 2013 | Tickers: APOL, CPLA, STRA

    For-profit education stocks have plunged as a result of the bursting of the "enrollment bubble." Low interest rates, expansion of Pell Grants, and the promise of a higher paying job fueled an enormous growth in enrollment at for-profit education institutions during the 2000s. However, the bursting of the housing bubble also caused the "enrollment bubble" to deflate.

    On top of a large drop-off in enrollment, for-profit education companies -- like Apollo more »

  • This Education Company Is Clearly Smart Despite Trouble

    By Shas Dey - March 28, 2013 | Tickers: APOL, DV, SLM, STRA

    The for-profit US education sector is a lesser favorite among investors, given the current decline in student enrollments, high student loan balances and negative publicity regarding government funding. However, this sector posted strong results prior to the recession and I am of the opinion that in the long run, as the economy picks up and the unemployment rate goes down, this sector will prove to be a good turnaround investment more »

  • Education Stocks: Finally a Buy?

    By Jacob Wolinsky - March 18, 2013 | Tickers: COCO, LOPE, STRA

    For profit education companies have been under pressure lately as declining student enrollments across the country stand to impact the entire sector.

    As if this was not enough, the government is following up with its pending reforms, aimed at tackling high student loan balances, with increased vigor. Many contend that formal education is losing its appeal and is an indication the sector will underperform for a long time.

    As a 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 »

  • Taking For-Profit Education Stocks to School

    By Bob Ciura - February 26, 2013 | Tickers: APOL, BPI, STRA

    The for-profit education industry in the United States is shrouded in controversy and concern.  Investors are understandably shaken by poor financial performance and even worse stock price performance over the past year.  Making matters worse, new student enrollment figures continue to decline for America’s biggest publicly-traded education companies.  After dramatic declines at Strayer University (NASDAQ: STRA), Bridgepoint Education (NYSE: BPI), and Apollo Group (NASDAQ: APOL), are these stocks primed more »

  • Don't Get Schooled By DeVry

    By Marshall Hargrave - February 19, 2013 | Tickers: APEI, APOL, COCO, DV, STRA

    DeVry (NYSE: DV) was up over 16% earlier this month on better than expected quarterly earnings. The for-profit education company has seen its stock soar over 55% the last six months. Are there still opportunities for this education company to go higher? Maybe not, but I believe there is one company in the industry that could be a solid buy. 

    DeVry’s recent run up was a result of higher more »

  • For-Profit Education - Right for your Money?

    By Ash Anderson - January 28, 2013 | Tickers: APOL, DV, STRA

    For-profit education is big business. There are schools like DeVry (NYSE: DV), textbook creators like Pearson, and countless amounts of web-based and mobile based apps, all targeting the education market. The higher education market in the United States is estimated to be worth some $475 billion yearly, and if we factor in continued education of $55 billion a year, we come to a final post-secondary education figure that’s north more »

  • The For-Profit Education Sector is Becoming Weaker!

    By Piyanka Agarwal - January 17, 2013 | Tickers: APOL, DV, EDU, STRA

    Apollo Group (NASDAQ: APOL) reported its first quarter results for the year 2013 after the bell on Jan. 8. Surpassing analyst estimates, the company reported revenues of $1.055 billion and adjusted earnings of $1.22 per share.

    Apollo Group is a private education provider that offers educational programs both online and on-campus at the Undergraduate, Master’s, and Doctoral levels through its wholly-owned subsidiaries.  Along with its subsidiaries, it more »

  • For-Profit Education Sector's Dunce Cap

    By Mark Walker - January 16, 2013 | Tickers: APOL, CPLA, LOPE, STRA

    An Opportunity for Bargain Hunters?

    Apollo Group (NASDAQ: APOL) headed for the teachers' lounge after being smoked by future expectations.  Even though the company beat estimated earnings and revenue for the quarter, it produced a failing grade for its outlook on full-year revenue guidance. Hearing the recess bell, investors in the for-profit education sector found yet another reason to head for the school yard exits.

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