How did Laureate Education Inc. (LAUR) surprise investors with its report?

Currently, Laureate Education Inc. [LAUR] is trading at $11.36, up 0.80%. Until recently, the best way to gauge how the stock has performed was to look at its short-term value. The LAUR shares have lost -2.49% over the last week, with a monthly amount glided 9.34%, and seem to be holding up well over a long-time horizon.

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On 23, February 2023, Laureate Education Reports Financial Results for the Fourth Quarter and Full-Year 2022, Outlines Strategic Priorities and Provides 2023 Outlook. In a post published today on Yahoo Finance, Laureate Education, Inc. (NASDAQ: LAUR), which operates universities across Mexico and Peru, today announced financial results for the fourth quarter and the year ended December 31, 2022.

From an analyst’s perspective:

Laureate Education Inc. [NASDAQ: LAUR] stock has seen the most recent analyst activity on June 24, 2020, when Morgan Stanley upgraded its rating to a Overweight but kept the price target unchanged to $13 for it. Previously, Morgan Stanley downgraded its rating to Equal-Weight on April 08, 2020, and kept the price target unchanged to $13.50. On August 09, 2019, Barrington Research reiterated its Outperform rating and revised its price target to $22 on the stock. Barrington Research reiterated its Outperform rating and increased its price target to $20 on May 14, 2018. Barclays reiterated its recommendation of a Equal Weight and reduced its price target to $15 on November 20, 2017. Stifel reiterated a Buy rating for this stock on November 09, 2017, and downed its price target to $18.

This stock has fluctuated between a low of $9.09 and a high of $12.72 over the last 52 weeks. Currently, Wall Street analysts expect the stock to reach $15.00 within the next 12 months. Laureate Education Inc. [NASDAQ: LAUR] shares were valued at $11.36 at the most recent close of the market. An investor can expect a potential return of 32.04% based on the average LAUR price forecast.

Analyzing the LAUR fundamentals

Recent quarter sales for Laureate Education Inc. [NASDAQ:LAUR] were 346.33 billion which represents 16.70% growth. A company’s income per employee is $1,752 while it generates $35,493 in revenue per employee. Gross Margin for this corporation currently stands at +26.96% with Operating Margin at +21.75%, Pretax Margin comes in at +19.79%, and Net Margin reading is +4.94%. To continue investigating profitability, this company’s Return on Assets is posted at 2.93, Equity is 6.40, Total Capital is 17.24, and Invested Capital is 4.15. Taking a look at the Principal structure of this organization reveals enduring liabilities to the total capital at 45.50 and enduring liabilities to the whole assets at 32.86.

Before buying any particular stock, readers tend to pay close attention to the indicators that support and create resistance. The company’s stock is currently sitting at 11.27 points at the first support level, and at 11.17 for the second support level. However, for the 1st resistance point, the stock is sitting at 11.45, and for the 2nd resistance point, it is at 11.53.

Laureate Education Inc. [LAUR] reported earnings per share of $0.19 for its fiscal quarter that ended on 9/29/2022. Based on the Wall Street analysts’ estimates, the company was expected to report earnings of $0.18/share, meaning a difference of $0.01 and a surprise factor of 5.60%. By comparison, the stated earnings for the previous quarter ended on 6/29/2022 were $0.25 per share as compared to estimates of $0.42 per share, a difference of -$0.17 representing a surprise of -40.50%.

Ratios To Look Out For

To put it in perspective, the Current Ratio for Laureate Education Inc. [NASDAQ:LAUR] is 0.60. As well, the Quick Ratio is 0.59, while the Cash Ratio is 0.25. Considering the valuation of this stock, the price to sales ratio is 1.30, the price to book ratio is 1.95 and the P/E (TTM) ratio is 28.98.

Transactions by insiders

Insider trading has also been a hot topic recently, with 10 insiders purchasing 286,336 shares and 5 selling 51,071 shares in the past 3 months. Recent insider trading involved Knauer Gerard M., VP, ACCTG, GLOBAL CONTROLLER, that happened on Feb 28 when 4130.0 shares were sold. 10% Owner, KKR 2006 Fund (Overseas), Limi completed a deal on Nov 22 to sell 32.84 million shares. Meanwhile, 10% Owner KKR Group Partnership L.P. sold 32.84 million shares on Nov 22.