South Dakota Investment Council continued to hold its position in shares of Capella Education Company (NASDAQ:CPLA) during the 2nd quarter, according to the company in its most recent Form 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The firm owned 5,100 shares of the company’s stock at the close of the 2nd quarter. South Dakota Investment Council’s holdings in Capella Education were worth $437,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.
A number of other institutional investors have also recently bought and sold shares of the business. Sei Investments Co. grew its holdings in Capella Education by 3.4% in the first quarter. Sei Investments Co. now owns 2,428 shares of the company’s stock valued at $207,000 after purchasing an additional 79 shares during the last quarter. Louisiana State Employees Retirement System grew its holdings in Capella Education by 2.2% in the first quarter. Louisiana State Employees Retirement System now owns 4,700 shares of the company’s stock valued at $400,000 after purchasing an additional 100 shares during the last quarter. Arizona State Retirement System grew its holdings in Capella Education by 1.7% in the first quarter. Arizona State Retirement System now owns 6,039 shares of the company’s stock valued at $513,000 after purchasing an additional 100 shares during the last quarter. Texas Permanent School Fund grew its holdings in Capella Education by 1.2% in the second quarter. Texas Permanent School Fund now owns 8,461 shares of the company’s stock valued at $724,000 after purchasing an additional 102 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Municipal Employees Retirement System of Michigan grew its holdings in Capella Education by 5.0% in the second quarter. Municipal Employees Retirement System of Michigan now owns 2,730 shares of the company’s stock valued at $234,000 after purchasing an additional 130 shares during the last quarter. 91.57% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors.
In related news, CEO J Kevin Gilligan sold 2,000 shares of Capella Education stock in a transaction on Tuesday, July 25th. The stock was sold at an average price of $82.18, for a total value of $164,360.00. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available through this hyperlink. Insiders sold a total of 12,000 shares of company stock worth $1,022,300 over the last 90 days. Insiders own 3.56% of the company’s stock.
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Shares of Capella Education Company (NASDAQ CPLA) opened at 68.20 on Friday. The stock has a market capitalization of $795.96 million, a P/E ratio of 17.60 and a beta of 0.47. Capella Education Company has a 12 month low of $56.88 and a 12 month high of $99.25. The stock has a 50 day moving average price of $67.32 and a 200 day moving average price of $81.42.
Capella Education (NASDAQ:CPLA) last issued its earnings results on Tuesday, July 25th. The company reported $0.90 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.80 by $0.10. The business had revenue of $109.60 million for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $109.89 million. Capella Education had a return on equity of 20.23% and a net margin of 10.49%. The company’s quarterly revenue was up 2.7% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the previous year, the firm posted $0.93 EPS. On average, analysts anticipate that Capella Education Company will post $3.54 EPS for the current fiscal year.
The business also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, October 13th. Investors of record on Friday, August 25th will be issued a $0.41 dividend. This represents a $1.64 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 2.40%. The ex-dividend date is Wednesday, August 23rd. Capella Education’s payout ratio is 42.38%.
Several research firms have weighed in on CPLA. BidaskClub lowered Capella Education from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Friday, July 28th. BMO Capital Markets lowered their target price on Capella Education from $86.00 to $79.45 and set an “outperform” rating on the stock in a report on Wednesday, July 26th. Barrington Research lowered their target price on Capella Education from $98.00 to $90.00 and set an “outperform” rating on the stock in a report on Tuesday, July 25th. Finally, Zacks Investment Research lowered Capella Education from a “hold” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a report on Thursday, July 27th. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, one has assigned a hold rating and two have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $87.69.
Capella Education Profile
Capella Education Company is an education services company. The Company provides direct path between learning and employment through its online postsecondary education offerings and through programs to develop job-ready skills for demand markets. The company’s segments include post-secondary segment and job-ready skills segment.
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