Media coverage about Laureate International Universities (NASDAQ:LAUR) has trended positive recently, Accern reports. The research firm identifies positive and negative press coverage by monitoring more than twenty million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Laureate International Universities earned a media sentiment score of 0.39 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news articles about the company an impact score of 46.019172450672 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the next several days.
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Shares of LAUR traded down $0.11 during trading hours on Wednesday, hitting $14.49. The stock had a trading volume of 173,560 shares, compared to its average volume of 827,560. The company has a market cap of $2.74 billion, a PE ratio of -12.08, a P/E/G ratio of 18.72 and a beta of 1.06. Laureate International Universities has a 1-year low of $10.46 and a 1-year high of $18.24. 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 International Universities (NASDAQ:LAUR) last announced its earnings results on Wednesday, May 9th. The company reported $0.59 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of ($0.53) by $1.12. Laureate International Universities had a return on equity of 8.41% and a net margin of 8.69%. The business had revenue of $885.30 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $853.02 million. During the same quarter last year, the business posted ($1.05) earnings per share. The company’s quarterly revenue was up 3.4% on a year-over-year basis. analysts expect that Laureate International Universities will post 0.06 EPS for the current fiscal year.
LAUR has been the subject of several research analyst reports. Citigroup cut their price objective on Laureate International Universities to $20.00 and set a “buy” rating for the company in a research report on Tuesday, May 8th. Barrington Research reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a $18.00 price objective on shares of Laureate International Universities in a research note on Friday, April 27th. Zacks Investment Research raised Laureate International Universities from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Wednesday, April 11th. ValuEngine raised Laureate International Universities from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Thursday, March 22nd. Finally, JPMorgan Chase & Co. upped their price objective on Laureate International Universities from $18.00 to $18.50 and gave the stock an “overweight” rating in a research report on Wednesday, May 23rd. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, two have given a hold rating and nine have assigned a buy rating to the company. The company presently has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $18.35.
In other Laureate International Universities news, major shareholder Apollo Management Holdings Gp, sold 771,536 shares of Laureate International Universities stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, May 7th. The stock was sold at an average price of $14.19, for a total value of $10,948,095.84. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available through this link. Insiders sold a total of 1,992,323 shares of company stock worth $28,737,437 over the last three months. 4.59% of the stock is owned by company insiders.
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.