Capella Education (CPLA) Given Consensus Rating of “Buy” by Brokerages

Shares of Capella Education (NASDAQ:CPLA) have been assigned an average recommendation of “Buy” from the eight brokerages that are covering the company, Marketbeat Ratings reports. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a hold recommendation and six have issued a buy recommendation on the company. The average 12-month price target among analysts that have issued a report on the stock in the last year is $107.67.

Several equities analysts have issued reports on CPLA shares. BidaskClub raised Capella Education from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Tuesday, April 10th. ValuEngine lowered Capella Education from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Wednesday, May 2nd. BMO Capital Markets boosted their price target on Capella Education from $94.00 to $103.00 and gave the company an “outperform” rating in a research note on Thursday, May 3rd. Finally, Zacks Investment Research raised Capella Education from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $98.00 price target on the stock in a research note on Wednesday, May 16th.

Several large investors have recently modified their holdings of the company. California Public Employees Retirement System raised its position in shares of Capella Education by 3.1% during the first quarter. California Public Employees Retirement System now owns 43,362 shares of the company’s stock worth $3,788,000 after purchasing an additional 1,292 shares during the period. Rhumbline Advisers raised its position in shares of Capella Education by 4.7% during the first quarter. Rhumbline Advisers now owns 34,239 shares of the company’s stock worth $2,991,000 after purchasing an additional 1,549 shares during the period. Sit Investment Associates Inc. raised its position in shares of Capella Education by 8.7% during the second quarter. Sit Investment Associates Inc. now owns 20,825 shares of the company’s stock worth $2,055,000 after purchasing an additional 1,675 shares during the period. Legal & General Group Plc raised its position in shares of Capella Education by 9.4% during the first quarter. Legal & General Group Plc now owns 24,409 shares of the company’s stock worth $2,122,000 after purchasing an additional 2,093 shares during the period. Finally, Crossmark Global Holdings Inc. acquired a new position in shares of Capella Education during the second quarter worth approximately $213,000. 92.32% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors.

CPLA stock remained flat at $$104.00 during trading on Tuesday. Capella Education has a 52 week low of $65.15 and a 52 week high of $105.90. The company has a market cap of $1.21 billion, a P/E ratio of 30.32, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 2.55 and a beta of 0.17.

Capella Education (NASDAQ:CPLA) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, August 1st. The company reported $1.05 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $1.04 by $0.01. Capella Education had a return on equity of 19.78% and a net margin of 5.92%. The firm had revenue of $111.56 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $110.05 million. sell-side analysts anticipate that Capella Education will post 4.39 EPS for the current fiscal year.

Capella Education Company Profile

Capella Education Company, through its subsidiaries, provides online postsecondary education and job-ready skills services in the United States. Its Post-Secondary segment offers various doctoral, master's, and bachelor's programs primarily for working adults in public service leadership, nursing and health sciences, psychology, business and technology, counseling and human services, and education markets; and courses that are eligible for transfer into credit at approximately 2,000 colleges and universities.

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