The growth of the EPS is critical in understanding the current valuation of Laureate Education. It is typically displayed as a percentage and called the EPS growth rate, which at this time is hard to estimate, but revenue growth has been -8.70 % over the last twelve months. EPS growth is a vital measure of execution of the strategy for Laureate Education since it indicates how well the business is allocating resources to benefit shareholders.



Laureate Education is part of the education industry and trades as part of the consumer defensive sector. The company CEO is Eilif Serck-Hanssen. Laureate Education Inc is an international community of universities. The company provides higher education programs and services to students through an international network of licensed universities and higher education institutions.

Previous Intraday Performance:

The LAUR shares had a previous change of -1.13% which opened at 15.03 and closed at 14.82. It moved to an intraday high of 15.07 and a low of 14.52.

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Historical Performance:

Over the last five trading days, LAUR shares returned -3.52% and in the past 30 trading days it returned 2.28%. Over three months, it changed 0.00%. In one year it has changed 1.16% and within that year its 52-week high was 17.15 and its 52-week low was 12.70. LAUR stock is 16.69% above its 52 Week Low.

Our calculations result in a 200 day moving average of 14.98 and a 50 day moving average of 14.94. Right now, LAUR stock is trading -1.09% below its 200 day moving average and may be a great opportunity to buy, but should check other technical indicators to confirm a buy signal.

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Liquidity:

The company has a market cap of $3.3b with 224.0m shares outstanding and a float of 223.5m shares. Trading volume was 861,943 shares and has experienced an average volume of 1,104,119 shares. Our calculation, using the current average volume and close price, leads me to believe that the liquidity is bad, highly speculative and an investor may want to avoid this stock.

Earnings:

The last annual reported EPS for Laureate Education was -1.22 which ended on 31st of December 2017. Based on 5 analyst estimates, the consensus EPS for the next quarter is -0.22.

Below was the last reported quarterly earnings per share:
09-30-2018:  -0.18
06-30-2018:  1.00
03-31-2018:  -0.84
12-31-2017:  0.48



Base on our calculations, the intrinsic value per share is 12.96, which means it might overvalued by -14.34%

Indicators Also to Watch:

Based on the latest filings, there is 52.80% of institutional ownership. Short-interest was 0, which was 0.00% of shares outstanding. The short-interest ratio or days-to-cover ratio was 0.00.

I calculated the beta to be 0.39

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Fundamental Numbers:

Based on last reported financials, the company’s return on equity is 22.77%, return on assets is 5.45%, profit margin is 12.26%, price-to-sales is 0.80 and price-to-book is 1.67.

Company Score Card:

Results are out of six:
 0  : Growth Expectations Result
 0  : Financial Safety Result
 2  : Past Performance Result
 1  : Valuation Result
 0  : Dividend Safety Result
 0  : Overall Result

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Jake McWilliams
I am an independent trader, analyst and algorithmic trading expert, having worked both for the sell side (brokerage) and the buy side (fund administration). I have been trading professionally for about 20 years. I trade stocks and forex and I play both long and short positions in underlying asset or through options. I have experience with discretionary and fully automated systems (Metatrader and Quantshare).

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