Home Sectors Consumer Defensive Stock Highlights: Capella Education Company (NASDAQ: CPLA)

Stock Highlights: Capella Education Company (NASDAQ: CPLA)


Capella Education Company is part of the education industry and is in the consumer defensive sector. The company CEO is J. Kevin Gilligan. Capella Education Co is an online postsecondary education services company. It offers doctoral, master’s and bachelor’s programs in the markets like health and human services, business management and technology, and education.

Previous Intraday Trading Performance:

The CPLA stock showed a previous change of -0.14% with an open at 104.20 and a close of 104.00. It reached an intraday high of 105.00 and a low of 102.95.

SeekingAlpha:  Capella Education beats by $0.06, beats on revenue


The stock has a market cap of $1.2b with 11.7m shares outstanding, of which the float is 10.6m shares. Trading volume reached 337,178 shares compared to its average volume of 64,364 shares. Based on the current average volume and close price, the trading liquidity is bad, highly speculative and an investor may want to avoid this stock.

Historical Trading Performance:

Over the last five trading days, Capella Education Company shares returned -0.91% and in the past 30 trading days it returned 4.79%. Over three months, it changed 15.47%. In one year it has changed 57.16% and within that year its 52-week high was 105.90 and its 52-week low was 65.15. CPLA stock is 59.63% above its 52 Week Low.

Our calculations show a 200 day moving average of 86.29 and a 50 day moving average of 99.13. Currently CPLA stock is trading 20.53% above its 200 day moving average.

SeekingAlpha:  Strayer Education closes merger with Capella Education Company


The last annual fiscal EPS for the company was reported at 1.97 that ended on 31st of December 2017, which according to the previous close, that is a PE of 52.79. Based on 3 analyst estimates, the consensus EPS for the next quarter is 1.04. The TTM EPS is 3.69, which comes to a TTM PE of 28.18. Historically, the PE high was 52.79 and the PE low was 9.80. If the stock reached its PE low, that would represent a price of 36.17, which is a decrease of -65.22%.

The following are the last four quarter reported earnings per share:
06-30-2018:  1.04 (estimated)
03-31-2018:  1.20
12-31-2017:  0.86
09-30-2017:  0.73

The dividend per share is currently 1.72, which is a dividend yield of 1.65%. Also, the payout ratio is 46.61%, therefore the dividend is safe according to our calculations.

Indicators to Watch:

Based on the latest filings, there is 9.60% of insider ownership and 95.00% of institutional ownership. Short-interest is 145,933, which is 1.25% of shares outstanding. The short-interest ratio or days-to-cover ratio is 2.31. This stock has some short interest, but it may be normal and no cause for concern if long the position.

The current calculated beta is 0.17

SeekingAlpha:  Strayer Education closes merger with Capella Education Company

Fundamental Indicators:

Based on last reported financials, the company’s return on equity is 11.82%, return on assets is 9.11%, profit margin is 4.63%, price-to-sales is 3.67 and price-to-book is 5.39.

Company Scores:

All scores are out of six:
 0  :Valuation Score
 0  :Past Performance Score
 3  :Financial Strength Score
 0  :Future Growth Score
 0  :Dividend Score
 0  :Overall Score

John Jones
Worked for several Wall Street firms: Salomon Smith Barney, UBS, and Charles Schwab. Has developed skills and gained extensive experience over the years that is used today to uncover winning penny stocks.Also was an attorney for small businesses in Scottsdale, Arizona. That experience and understanding of law provides a unique perspective and edge in discovering quality companies in various industries.