Laureate Education Inc (NASDAQ:LAUR) has been given a consensus rating of “Buy” by the twelve brokerages that are currently covering the firm, Marketbeat.com reports. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell recommendation, two have assigned a hold recommendation and nine have issued a buy recommendation on the company. The average 1-year price target among brokerages that have updated their coverage on the stock in the last year is $18.55.

Several research analysts have commented on LAUR shares. Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of Laureate Education from a “hold” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a report on Friday, May 11th. Citigroup decreased their price objective on shares of Laureate Education to $20.00 and set a “buy” rating for the company in a report on Tuesday, May 8th. Barrington Research restated a “buy” rating and issued a $18.00 price objective on shares of Laureate Education in a report on Friday, April 27th. ValuEngine upgraded shares of Laureate Education from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Friday, May 11th. Finally, JPMorgan Chase & Co. upped their price objective on shares of Laureate Education from $18.00 to $18.50 and gave the stock an “overweight” rating in a report on Wednesday, May 23rd.

In other news, CEO Paula R. Singer sold 23,109 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, August 14th. The shares were sold at an average price of $16.00, for a total value of $369,744.00. Following the sale, the chief executive officer now directly owns 76,067 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $1,217,072. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through this link. 4.59% of the stock is owned by corporate insiders.

Several large investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in LAUR. SG Americas Securities LLC purchased a new stake in Laureate Education during the 1st quarter valued at about $106,000. Barclays PLC grew its position in Laureate Education by 49.2% during the 1st quarter. Barclays PLC now owns 13,090 shares of the company’s stock valued at $180,000 after purchasing an additional 4,315 shares during the last quarter. Two Sigma Advisers LP purchased a new stake in Laureate Education during the 4th quarter valued at about $290,000. Tower Research Capital LLC TRC purchased a new stake in Laureate Education during the 2nd quarter valued at about $312,000. Finally, Fox Run Management L.L.C. grew its position in Laureate Education by 78.0% during the 2nd quarter. Fox Run Management L.L.C. now owns 25,619 shares of the company’s stock valued at $367,000 after purchasing an additional 11,226 shares during the last quarter. 30.05% of the stock is currently owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

Shares of NASDAQ LAUR opened at $16.10 on Tuesday. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.64, a current ratio of 0.94 and a quick ratio of 0.94. Laureate Education has a 12 month low of $10.46 and a 12 month high of $16.99. The firm has a market capitalization of $3.00 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of -13.42, a P/E/G ratio of 20.51 and a beta of 1.04.

Laureate Education (NASDAQ:LAUR) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, August 9th. The company reported $1.00 EPS for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.70 by $0.30. Laureate Education had a net margin of 11.22% and a return on equity of 14.72%. The business had revenue of $1.25 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $1.25 billion. During the same period in the prior year, the business earned $0.28 EPS. The company’s revenue for the quarter was down 2.2% on a year-over-year basis. equities research analysts expect that Laureate Education will post 0.06 EPS for the current year.

About Laureate Education

Laureate Education, Inc, together with its subsidiaries, provides higher education programs and services to students through universities and higher education institutions. It operates through six segments: Brazil, Mexico, Andean & Iberian, Central America & U.S. Campuses, EMEAA, and Online & Partnerships.

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