ValuEngine upgraded shares of Laureate Education (NASDAQ:LAUR) from a sell rating to a hold rating in a report released on Friday morning.

A number of other analysts have also commented on the company. Zacks Investment Research raised Laureate Education from a hold rating to a buy rating and set a $17.00 price objective for the company in a report on Wednesday. Citigroup boosted their price objective on Laureate Education from $19.00 to $20.00 and gave the stock a buy rating in a report on Wednesday, August 15th. Barrington Research reissued a buy rating and set a $20.00 price objective on shares of Laureate Education in a report on Friday, August 10th. Finally, Barclays restated a hold rating and issued a $17.00 target price on shares of Laureate Education in a research note on Friday, August 10th. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and ten have issued a buy rating to the stock. The company presently has an average rating of Buy and an average price target of $18.41.

LAUR traded up $0.07 during midday trading on Friday, reaching $15.07. 1,031,102 shares of the company were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 550,395. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.32, a quick ratio of 1.02 and a current ratio of 1.02. The firm has a market capitalization of $3.46 billion, a P/E ratio of -12.56, a P/E/G ratio of 1.89 and a beta of 1.19. Laureate Education has a one year low of $10.46 and a one year high of $16.99.

Laureate Education (NASDAQ:LAUR) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, August 9th. The company reported $1.00 EPS for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.70 by $0.30. The firm had revenue of $1.25 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $1.25 billion. Laureate Education had a return on equity of 13.74% and a net margin of 11.22%. The company’s revenue for the quarter was down 2.2% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the previous year, the company posted $0.28 EPS. On average, equities analysts forecast that Laureate Education will post 0.68 earnings per share for the current year.

In other Laureate Education news, CEO Paula R. Singer sold 7,703 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Friday, September 14th. The shares were sold at an average price of $15.31, for a total transaction of $117,932.93. Following the sale, the chief executive officer now owns 68,364 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $1,046,652.84. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at this hyperlink. Also, CEO Paula R. Singer sold 23,109 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Tuesday, August 14th. The shares were sold at an average price of $16.00, for a total transaction of $369,744.00. Following the sale, the chief executive officer now directly owns 76,067 shares in the company, valued at approximately $1,217,072. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders own 4.59% of the company’s stock.

A number of hedge funds have recently modified their holdings of the business. Apollo Management Holdings L.P. bought a new stake in shares of Laureate Education during the second quarter valued at approximately $94,610,000. Macquarie Group Ltd. acquired a new stake in shares of Laureate Education in the 2nd quarter valued at $15,059,000. Millennium Management LLC boosted its holdings in shares of Laureate Education by 237.8% in the 2nd quarter. Millennium Management LLC now owns 1,341,444 shares of the company’s stock valued at $19,223,000 after purchasing an additional 944,299 shares in the last quarter. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP boosted its holdings in shares of Laureate Education by 735.1% in the 2nd quarter. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP now owns 686,605 shares of the company’s stock valued at $9,839,000 after purchasing an additional 604,384 shares in the last quarter. Finally, FMR LLC boosted its holdings in shares of Laureate Education by 15.2% in the 2nd quarter. FMR LLC now owns 4,424,991 shares of the company’s stock valued at $63,410,000 after purchasing an additional 583,429 shares in the last quarter. 35.05% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

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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