Lincoln Educational Services Corp (NASDAQ:LINC) has been assigned an average broker rating score of 1.00 (Strong Buy) from the one brokers that cover the stock, Zacks Investment Research reports. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a strong buy rating.

Brokerages have set a 12-month consensus price target of $3.50 for the company and are expecting that the company will post $0.32 EPS for the current quarter, according to Zacks. Zacks has also assigned Lincoln Educational Services an industry rank of 171 out of 265 based on the ratings given to related companies.

LINC has been the subject of a number of recent research reports. ValuEngine lowered shares of Lincoln Educational Services from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Wednesday, September 6th. Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of Lincoln Educational Services from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Tuesday, October 10th.

Shares of Lincoln Educational Services (LINC) traded down $0.04 during trading on Friday, hitting $2.03. 42,200 shares of the company traded hands, compared to its average volume of 44,873. The company has a quick ratio of 0.72, a current ratio of 0.75 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.45. Lincoln Educational Services has a 52-week low of $1.82 and a 52-week high of $3.74.

Lincoln Educational Services (NASDAQ:LINC) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, November 8th. The company reported ($0.06) EPS for the quarter, missing the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.01 by ($0.07). Lincoln Educational Services had a negative net margin of 15.45% and a negative return on equity of 35.57%. The company had revenue of $67.31 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $67.57 million. During the same period in the previous year, the business earned ($0.02) earnings per share. The business’s revenue for the quarter was down 9.4% compared to the same quarter last year. analysts expect that Lincoln Educational Services will post -0.48 EPS for the current fiscal year.

A number of institutional investors and hedge funds have recently bought and sold shares of LINC. Alyeska Investment Group L.P. raised its position in Lincoln Educational Services by 103.7% during the 3rd quarter. Alyeska Investment Group L.P. now owns 1,598,872 shares of the company’s stock worth $3,997,000 after buying an additional 813,960 shares during the last quarter. Essex Investment Management Co. LLC grew its stake in shares of Lincoln Educational Services by 159.8% during the 3rd quarter. Essex Investment Management Co. LLC now owns 111,414 shares of the company’s stock worth $279,000 after purchasing an additional 68,537 shares during the period. Janus Henderson Group PLC acquired a new stake in shares of Lincoln Educational Services during the 2nd quarter worth approximately $187,000. Finally, Dimensional Fund Advisors LP grew its stake in shares of Lincoln Educational Services by 70.7% during the 3rd quarter. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP now owns 78,000 shares of the company’s stock worth $195,000 after purchasing an additional 32,305 shares during the period. 62.19% of the stock is owned by institutional investors.

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Lincoln Educational Services Company Profile

Lincoln Educational Services Corporation is a provider of post-secondary education. The Company operates in two segments: Transportation and Skilled Trades, and Transitional. The Transportation and Skilled Trades segment offers academic programs in the disciplines of transportation and skilled trades (automotive, diesel, heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC), welding and manufacturing).

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