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Laureate Education Inc. (NASDAQ: LAUR) May Be Attracting Institutional Investments

After Hours

The risks associated with pre-market and after-hours trading may be slightly higher than the regular market hours. The reason is that extended-hours trading may result in wider spreads for particular security due to lower liquidity and higher volatility as issuers often announce critical financial information outside regular trading hours. After-hours trades for Laureate Education Inc. (LAUR) shows that investor sentiment remained same, with the stock’s consolidated last price remained same to $12.39. The Laureate Education Inc. has recorded 91,614 volume in the after hours trading session. Recently, Yahoo Finance discussed the stock, revealing that Laureate Education Announces Date of First Quarter 2023 Earnings Release and Conference Call.

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Stocks Info

Laureate Education Inc. is listed on the NASDAQ as a member of the Consumer Defensive sector and is a part of the Education & Training Services industry. At the end of the last regular session, the stock closed at $12.39 and fluctuated between $12.49 as its day high and $12.24 as its day low. The current market capitalization of Laureate Education Inc. is $1.93B. A total of 0.56 million shares were traded on the day, compared to an average of 967.37K shares.

Insider Activity

Additionally, investors take into account insider trades when predicting how a stock will perform. During the recent three months, LAUR has seen 10 BUY and 5 SELL insider trades, representing the acquisition of 286,336 and the disposition of 47,663 shares. Over the last 12 months, there were 20 BUYs and 16 SELLs from insiders. Insiders purchased 362,290 shares during that period but sold 66,143,859.

In the most recent transaction, Knauer Gerard M. sold 4,130 shares of LAUR for 11.85 per share on Feb 28. After the transaction, the VP, ACCTG, GLOBAL CONTROLLER now owns 12,985 company shares. In a previous transaction on Nov 22, KKR 2006 Fund (Overseas), Limi sold 32,842,183 shares at 9.41 per share. LAUR shares that 10% Owner owns now total 0.

Among the insiders who sold shares, KKR Group Partnership L.P. disposed of 32,842,183 shares on Nov 22 at a per-share price of $9.41. This resulted in the 10% Owner holding 0 shares of LAUR after the transaction. In another insider transaction, MUNOZ GEORGE bought 515 shares at $10.19 per share on Nov 18. Company shares held by the Director now total 101,858.


It is more appealing for investors to invest in companies that pay dividends because dividends generate immediate cash flow and indicate a positive outlook for the company. LAUR’s most recent ex-dividend date was 11/3/2022 when it declared a $1.36 quarterly dividend that was paid in cash on 11/17/2022. Previously, the company paid the dividend on 10/12/2022 with an ex-dividend date of 9/27/2022. The LAUR stock dividend was $0.83 per share in cash.

Though price targets are rarely accurate, they can exert some influence from time to time and were often accepted as valuable by the market. According to analysts who have offered 12-month price targets for LAUR in the last 3 months, the mean price target is $15.00 with high estimates of $17.00 and low estimates of $14.00. In terms of 52-week highs and lows, LAUR has a high of $12.72 and a low of $9.09.

As of this writing, LAUR has an earnings estimate of -$0.07 per share for the current quarter. EPS was calculated based on a consensus of 1 estimates, with a high estimate of -$0.07 per share and a lower estimate of -$0.07. The company reported an EPS of $0.19 in the last quarter, which was 5.60% higher than expectations of $0.18.

Balance Sheet Annually/Quarterly

A balance sheet is a report that shows the company’s assets and liabilities. In addition, it shows how much equity investors have invested in the company. Investors can determine the company’s prospects by calculating its financial ratios based on this information. LAUR’s latest balance sheet shows that the firm has $324.80M in Cash & Short Term Investments as of fiscal 2021. There were $569.00M in debt and $642.30M in liabilities at the time. Its Book Value Per Share was $4.82, while its Total Shareholder’s Equity was $1.14B.

Analysts Opinion

It may be riskier to trade before market opening and after market closing than during regular market hours. Since issuers often announce critical financial information outside regular trading hours. Extended-hours trading may result in wider spreads for particular securities due to lower liquidity and higher volatility. Currently, 3 analysts are providing their opinions on the stock. On a scale of 1 to 5, with 1 being Sell and 5 being Buy, the average analyst rating for LAUR is Buy with a score of 4.00. A total of 3 analysts rated the stock as Buy while 0 rated it as Overweight while 0 rated it as Hold. Among the other participants, 0 thought the stock was Underweight and 0 thought it should be Sold.

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