Wall Street analysts expect 2U Inc (NASDAQ:TWOU) to report $0.13 earnings per share (EPS) for the current quarter, according to Zacks. Four analysts have issued estimates for 2U’s earnings. The highest EPS estimate is $0.14 and the lowest is $0.13. 2U reported earnings of $0.04 per share in the same quarter last year, which indicates a positive year over year growth rate of 225%. The business is scheduled to report its next quarterly earnings report on Thursday, February 22nd.

On average, analysts expect that 2U will report full-year earnings of ($0.10) per share for the current financial year, with EPS estimates ranging from ($0.12) to ($0.09). For the next financial year, analysts expect that the business will post earnings of ($0.12) per share, with EPS estimates ranging from ($0.13) to ($0.09). Zacks Investment Research’s EPS averages are a mean average based on a survey of sell-side research firms that that provide coverage for 2U.

2U (NASDAQ:TWOU) last released its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, November 7th. The software maker reported ($0.15) EPS for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of ($0.16) by $0.01. 2U had a negative net margin of 12.49% and a negative return on equity of 13.02%. The business had revenue of $70.25 million for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $69.36 million. During the same period in the prior year, the firm earned ($0.06) earnings per share. 2U’s revenue was up 35.1% compared to the same quarter last year.

Several equities analysts recently weighed in on TWOU shares. Compass Point restated a “buy” rating and issued a $70.00 price objective (up from $62.00) on shares of 2U in a report on Monday, October 9th. Oppenheimer restated a “buy” rating and issued a $65.00 price objective (up from $55.00) on shares of 2U in a report on Friday, October 6th. Needham & Company LLC restated a “buy” rating and issued a $66.00 price objective (up from $62.00) on shares of 2U in a report on Friday, October 6th. Robert W. Baird restated a “buy” rating and issued a $66.00 price objective (up from $59.00) on shares of 2U in a report on Friday, October 6th. Finally, BMO Capital Markets restated a “buy” rating and issued a $68.00 price objective on shares of 2U in a report on Wednesday, October 25th. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a hold rating, ten have issued a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating to the company. The company presently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $69.64.

In related news, CEO Christopher J. Paucek sold 145,220 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Thursday, November 16th. The shares were sold at an average price of $63.83, for a total value of $9,269,392.60. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through the SEC website. Also, Director Mark Chernis sold 4,500 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Wednesday, December 13th. The shares were sold at an average price of $63.58, for a total transaction of $286,110.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the director now directly owns 19,825 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $1,260,473.50. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders have sold 181,923 shares of company stock valued at $11,588,620 in the last three months. 8.40% of the stock is owned by insiders.

A number of institutional investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in TWOU. Bamco Inc. NY grew its position in shares of 2U by 334.0% in the 3rd quarter. Bamco Inc. NY now owns 2,311,371 shares of the software maker’s stock valued at $129,529,000 after acquiring an additional 1,778,783 shares during the period. Wells Fargo & Company MN grew its position in shares of 2U by 94.3% in the 3rd quarter. Wells Fargo & Company MN now owns 1,381,103 shares of the software maker’s stock valued at $77,397,000 after acquiring an additional 670,258 shares during the period. Lord Abbett & CO. LLC grew its position in shares of 2U by 64.1% in the 2nd quarter. Lord Abbett & CO. LLC now owns 1,378,603 shares of the software maker’s stock valued at $64,684,000 after acquiring an additional 538,487 shares during the period. Zevenbergen Capital Investments LLC grew its position in shares of 2U by 71.4% in the 2nd quarter. Zevenbergen Capital Investments LLC now owns 903,285 shares of the software maker’s stock valued at $42,382,000 after acquiring an additional 376,405 shares during the period. Finally, Stephens Investment Management Group LLC bought a new position in shares of 2U in the 3rd quarter valued at about $19,586,000.

Shares of 2U (NASDAQ TWOU) traded up $0.96 during midday trading on Friday, reaching $64.17. 216,500 shares of the company traded hands, compared to its average volume of 332,567. 2U has a fifty-two week low of $29.66 and a fifty-two week high of $69.27. The firm has a market capitalization of $3,280.00, a price-to-earnings ratio of -95.78 and a beta of -0.20. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.05, a current ratio of 3.48 and a quick ratio of 3.48.

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2U Company Profile

2U, Inc is a provider of an integrated solution consisting of cloud-based software-as-a-service (SaaS) combined with technology-enabled services (together, the Platform) that allows colleges and universities to deliver online degree programs. The Company’s SaaS technology consists of a learning environment (Online Campus), which acts as the hub for all student and faculty academic and social interaction, and a suite of integrated applications, which the Company uses to launch, operate and support the Company’s clients’ programs.

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