American Public Education, Inc. (APEI) Stock Rating Reaffirmed by BMO Capital Markets

BMO Capital Markets reissued their hold rating on shares of American Public Education, Inc. (NASDAQ:APEI) in a research report sent to investors on Wednesday, October 25th. BMO Capital Markets currently has a $19.00 price objective on the stock.

Several other brokerages also recently weighed in on APEI. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of American Public Education from a hold rating to a strong-buy rating and set a $26.00 price target for the company in a research report on Thursday, July 27th. BidaskClub cut shares of American Public Education from a hold rating to a sell rating in a report on Wednesday, August 2nd. ValuEngine cut shares of American Public Education from a buy rating to a hold rating in a report on Tuesday, October 3rd. Finally, Piper Jaffray Companies restated a hold rating and issued a $26.00 target price on shares of American Public Education in a report on Tuesday, October 17th. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, three have assigned a hold rating and one has issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company presently has an average rating of Hold and a consensus price target of $24.00.

Shares of American Public Education (APEI) traded up $0.90 during midday trading on Wednesday, hitting $24.55. 61,700 shares of the company’s stock were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 64,574. American Public Education has a fifty-two week low of $17.40 and a fifty-two week high of $27.20. The company has a market capitalization of $414.57, a P/E ratio of 19.71, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 4.62 and a beta of 1.13.

American Public Education (NASDAQ:APEI) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, November 7th. The company reported $0.27 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.21 by $0.06. The company had revenue of $73.28 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $71.06 million. American Public Education had a net margin of 6.54% and a return on equity of 7.20%. The firm’s quarterly revenue was down .7% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter last year, the firm earned $0.02 earnings per share. equities research analysts anticipate that American Public Education will post 1.02 earnings per share for the current year.

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Institutional investors have recently modified their holdings of the company. Public Employees Retirement System of Ohio boosted its stake in shares of American Public Education by 16.2% during the 1st quarter. Public Employees Retirement System of Ohio now owns 6,524 shares of the company’s stock worth $149,000 after acquiring an additional 910 shares during the last quarter. BNP Paribas Arbitrage SA lifted its stake in shares of American Public Education by 38.9% during the 2nd quarter. BNP Paribas Arbitrage SA now owns 6,601 shares of the company’s stock valued at $156,000 after buying an additional 1,850 shares in the last quarter. Arizona State Retirement System purchased a new position in shares of American Public Education during the 2nd quarter valued at $201,000. Brandywine Global Investment Management LLC purchased a new position in shares of American Public Education during the 2nd quarter valued at $209,000. Finally, Voya Investment Management LLC purchased a new position in shares of American Public Education during the 2nd quarter valued at $221,000. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 91.42% of the company’s stock.

American Public Education Company Profile

American Public Education, Inc provides online and on-campus postsecondary education. The Company provides postsecondary education through its subsidiary institutions, American Public University System, Inc (APUS) and Hondros College of Nursing (HCON). It operates through two segments: American Public Education Segment, which consists of the operational activities of APUS, other corporate activities, and minority investments, and Hondros College of Nursing Segment, which consists of the operational activities of HCON.

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