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Investors’ Patience Is Being Tested Right Now By Laureate Education Inc (NASDAQ: LAUR)

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 to $13.39. The Laureate Education Inc has recorded 36,839 volume in the after hours trading session. Yahoo Finance discussed the stock recently as it posted Laureate Education Reports Financial Results for the Third Quarter and Nine Months Ended September 30, 2023.

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 $13.39 and fluctuated between $13.43 as its day high and $13.11 as its day low. The current market capitalization of Laureate Education Inc is $2.11B. A total of 1.09 million shares were traded on the day, compared to an average of 738.78K 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 0 BUY and 0 SELL insider trades, representing the acquisition of 0 and the disposition of 0 shares. Over the last 12 months, there were 21 BUYs and 17 SELLs from insiders. Insiders purchased 382,258 shares during that period but sold 65,816,088.

In the most recent transaction, Sinkfield Richard Harvey III sold 1,800 shares of LAUR for 14.27 per share on Aug 14. After the transaction, the CHIEF LEGAL OFFICER now owns 66,971 company shares. In a previous transaction on Aug 09, Sinkfield Richard Harvey III sold 9,092 shares at 14.03 per share. LAUR shares that CHIEF LEGAL OFFICER owns now total 68,771.

Among the insiders who sold shares, Knauer Gerard M. disposed of 926 shares on Aug 08 at a per-share price of $14.00. This resulted in the VP, ACCTG, GLOBAL CONTROLLER holding 12,676 shares of LAUR after the transaction. In another insider transaction, Cardoso Marcelo sold 25,300 shares at $11.95 per share on May 11. Company shares held by the CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER now total 139,306.


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 11/14/2023 when it declared a $0.70 quarterly dividend that was paid in cash on 11/30/2023. Previously, the company paid the dividend on 11/17/2022 with an ex-dividend date of 11/3/2022. The LAUR stock dividend was $1.36 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 $17.50 with high estimates of $20.00 and low estimates of $15.00. In terms of 52-week highs and lows, LAUR has a high of $14.05 and a low of $8.77.

As of this writing, LAUR has an earnings estimate of $0.35 per share for the current quarter. EPS was calculated based on a consensus of 1 estimates, with a high estimate of $0.35 per share and a lower estimate of $0.35. The company reported an EPS of $0.35 in the last quarter, which was -32.70% lower than expectations of $0.52.

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 $6.14, 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, 0 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 4.50.

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