Grand Canyon Education trades as part of the consumer defensive sector and trades as part of the education industry. The company CEO is Brian E. Mueller. Grand Canyon Education Inc is an American for-profit educational company that operates a private university in Phoenix, Arizona, as well as online educational programs.



Previous Intraday Performance:

The LOPE shares had a previous change of -1.70% which opened at 126.50 and closed at 123.80. It moved to an intraday high of 126.75 and a low of 122.65.

SeekingAlpha:  Serious Concerns About Grand Canyon Education’s Future

Historical Performance:

Over the last five trading days, LOPE shares returned -3.99% and in the past 30 trading days it returned 6.83%. Over three months, it changed 7.11%. In one year it has changed 9.11% and within that year its 52 week high was 130.10 and its 52 week low was 90.67. LOPE stock is 36.54% above its 52 week low.

Our calculations result in a 200 day moving average of 112.89 and a 50 day moving average of 118.97. Right now, LOPE stock is trading 9.67% above its 200 day moving average.

SeekingAlpha:  Serious Concerns About Grand Canyon Education’s Future

Liquidity:

The company has a market cap of $6.0b with 48.2m shares outstanding and a float of 47.5m shares. Trading volume was 495,919 shares and has experienced an average volume of 371,678 shares. Our calculation, using the current average volume and close price, leads me to believe that the liquidity is good.

Earnings:

The last annual reported EPS for Grand Canyon Education was 4.73 which ended on 31st of December 2018, which according to the previous close, that is a PE of 26.17. Based on 2 analyst estimates, the consensus EPS for the next quarter is 1.50. The trailing twelve month EPS reported is 5.09 (trailing twelve month diluted EPS is 4.73).

Below was the last reported quarterly diluted earnings per share:

1stQtr 2019Reported 05-07-2019: 1.52
4thQtr 2018Reported 02-20-2019: 1.56
3rdQtr 2018Reported 11-08-2018: 0.70
2ndQtr 2018Reported 08-08-2018: 0.95
1stQtr 2018Reported 05-02-2018: 1.52

Base on our calculations, the intrinsic value per share is 121.19, which means it might be overvalued by -2.16%.

The long-term trend of the EPS is a vital number as it helps understand the future potential of Grand Canyon Education; it is usually expressed as a percentage and is then referred to as the EPS growth rate, which at this time is hard to estimate, but revenue growth has been -23.50% over the last twelve months.



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The beta was calculated to be 0.88.

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Fundamental Numbers:

Based on last reported financials, the company’s return on assets is 15.83%, profit margin is 30.14%, price-to-sales is 7.92 and price-to-book is 4.77.

Company Score Card:

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

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Jake McWilliams
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