Swiss National Bank boosted its holdings in Capella Education (NASDAQ:CPLA) by 7.9% in the fourth quarter, according to the company in its most recent Form 13F filing with the SEC. The institutional investor owned 20,500 shares of the company’s stock after purchasing an additional 1,500 shares during the quarter. Swiss National Bank owned about 0.18% of Capella Education worth $1,587,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.
Other hedge funds have also modified their holdings of the company. Royal Bank of Canada increased its holdings in Capella Education by 371.6% in the second quarter. Royal Bank of Canada now owns 1,924 shares of the company’s stock worth $164,000 after purchasing an additional 1,516 shares in the last quarter. Cubist Systematic Strategies LLC bought a new stake in Capella Education in the third quarter worth approximately $220,000. Crossmark Global Holdings Inc. bought a new stake in Capella Education in the third quarter worth approximately $268,000. Teacher Retirement System of Texas bought a new stake in Capella Education in the fourth quarter worth approximately $309,000. Finally, Municipal Employees Retirement System of Michigan increased its holdings in Capella Education by 59.3% in the third quarter. Municipal Employees Retirement System of Michigan now owns 4,350 shares of the company’s stock worth $305,000 after purchasing an additional 1,620 shares in the last quarter. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 94.83% of the company’s stock.
A number of equities research analysts have weighed in on CPLA shares. BidaskClub upgraded Capella Education from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Wednesday, March 7th. BMO Capital Markets decreased their price objective on Capella Education from $98.00 to $83.00 and set an “outperform” rating for the company in a report on Friday, March 2nd. Zacks Investment Research downgraded Capella Education from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Monday, January 8th. Piper Jaffray Companies upgraded Capella Education from a “neutral” rating to an “overweight” rating in a report on Monday, March 5th. Finally, TheStreet downgraded Capella Education from a “b” rating to a “c+” rating in a report on Thursday, March 1st. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and four have given a buy rating to the stock. The company has an average rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $91.50.
Capella Education (NASDAQ:CPLA) last released its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, March 1st. The company reported $0.86 EPS for the quarter, missing the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.98 by ($0.12). The firm had revenue of $112.03 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $112.85 million. Capella Education had a net margin of 5.34% and a return on equity of 18.53%. The company’s revenue was up .6% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter in the prior year, the firm earned $0.97 EPS. equities analysts forecast that Capella Education will post 4.22 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.
The business also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, April 13th. Investors of record on Thursday, March 8th will be issued a dividend of $0.43 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Wednesday, March 7th. This represents a $1.72 annualized dividend and a yield of 1.94%. Capella Education’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is currently 88.66%.
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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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