Laureate International Universities (LAUR) Upgraded to Sell at ValuEngine

ValuEngine upgraded shares of Laureate International Universities (NASDAQ:LAUR) from a strong sell rating to a sell rating in a research report report published on Friday.

Several other equities analysts also recently commented on LAUR. Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of Laureate International Universities from a hold rating to a sell rating in a research note on Wednesday, January 10th. Robert W. Baird restated a buy rating and issued a $18.00 price target on shares of Laureate International Universities in a research note on Wednesday, January 17th. BMO Capital Markets restated a buy rating and issued a $18.00 price target on shares of Laureate International Universities in a research note on Wednesday, January 17th. Finally, Piper Jaffray restated a buy rating and issued a $19.00 price target on shares of Laureate International Universities in a research note on Thursday, February 1st. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, two have issued a hold rating and six have issued a buy rating to the stock. The company currently has a consensus rating of Buy and a consensus price target of $17.86.

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NASDAQ:LAUR opened at $14.35 on Friday. The firm has a market capitalization of $2,699.93, a price-to-earnings ratio of -11.96, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 4.32 and a beta of 0.73. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 2.05, a current ratio of 0.94 and a quick ratio of 0.94. Laureate International Universities has a 52 week low of $10.46 and a 52 week high of $18.96.

Laureate International Universities (NASDAQ:LAUR) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, March 20th. The company reported $0.48 EPS for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.29 by $0.19. The business had revenue of $1.26 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $1.23 billion. Laureate International Universities had a net margin of 2.09% and a return on equity of 7.52%. The company’s quarterly revenue was up 7.3% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter in the previous year, the firm posted $0.27 earnings per share. sell-side analysts anticipate that Laureate International Universities will post 0.28 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

Several institutional investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the company. Rhumbline Advisers lifted its position in shares of Laureate International Universities by 16.3% during the 4th quarter. Rhumbline Advisers now owns 53,458 shares of the company’s stock worth $725,000 after purchasing an additional 7,502 shares during the last quarter. SG Americas Securities LLC purchased a new stake in shares of Laureate International Universities during the 3rd quarter worth $138,000. Pitcairn Co. purchased a new stake in shares of Laureate International Universities during the 4th quarter worth $143,000. Teacher Retirement System of Texas purchased a new stake in shares of Laureate International Universities during the 4th quarter worth $149,000. Finally, American International Group Inc. lifted its position in shares of Laureate International Universities by 56.3% during the 4th quarter. American International Group Inc. now owns 37,265 shares of the company’s stock worth $505,000 after purchasing an additional 13,417 shares during the last quarter. 29.98% of the stock is owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

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About Laureate International Universities

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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