Career Education Corp

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CECO : NASDAQ : Services
$9.68 | %
Today's Range: 9.534 - 9.76
Avg. Daily Volume: 369200.0
04/21/17 - 4:00 PM ET

Financial Analysis


CAREER EDUCATION CORP's gross profit margin for the fourth quarter of its fiscal year 2016 has decreased when compared to the same period a year ago. Sales and net income have dropped, underperforming the average competitor within its industry. CAREER EDUCATION CORP has average liquidity. Currently, the Quick Ratio is 1.36 which shows that technically this company has the ability to cover short-term cash needs. The company's liquidity has decreased from the same period last year, indicating deteriorating cash flow.

During the same period, stockholders' equity ("net worth") has remained virtually unchanged only decreasing by 4.77% from the same quarter last year. Together, the key liquidity measurements indicate that it is relatively unlikely that the company will face financial difficulties in the near future.

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Income Statement Q4 FY16 Q4 FY15
Net Sales ($mil)155.26199.95
EBITDA ($mil)-17.2210.83
EBIT ($mil)-22.985.75
Net Income ($mil)-32.88142.72


Balance Sheet Q4 FY16 Q4 FY15
Cash & Equiv. ($mil)207.16231.64
Total Assets ($mil)559.6610.92
Total Debt ($mil)0.038.0
Equity ($mil)321.5337.61


Profitability Q4 FY16 Q4 FY15
Gross Profit Margin58.7166.53
EBITDA Margin-11.095.41
Operating Margin-14.82.88
Sales Turnover1.261.39
Return on Assets-3.348.49
Return on Equity-4.615.7
Debt Q4 FY16 Q4 FY15
Current Ratio1.471.5
Debt/Capital0.00.1
Interest Expense0.120.33
Interest Coverage-199.8317.26


Share Data Q4 FY16 Q4 FY15
Shares outstanding (mil)68.5268.1
Div / share0.00.0
EPS-0.442.08
Book value / share4.694.96
Institutional Own % n/a n/a
Avg Daily Volume368580.0419322.0

Valuation


HOLD. The current P/E ratio is negative, which has no meaningful value in the assessment of premium or discount valuation, it simply displays that the company has negative earnings. To use another comparison, its price-to-book ratio of 2.05 indicates a discount versus the S&P 500 average of 2.99 and a significant discount versus the industry average of 6.85. The price-to-sales ratio is well below both the S&P 500 average and the industry average, indicating a discount. After reviewing these and other key valuation criteria, CAREER EDUCATION CORP proves to trade at a discount to investment alternatives within the industry.


Price/Earnings
1 2 3 4 5
premium   discount
  Price/Cash Flow
1 2 3 4 5
premium   discount
CECO NM Peers 39.97   CECO 111.73 Peers 16.79

Neutral. The absence of a valid P/E ratio happens when a stock can not be valued on the basis of a negative stream of earnings.

CECO's P/E is negative making this valuation measure meaningless.

 

Premium. The P/CF ratio, a stock’s price divided by the company's cash flow from operations, is useful for comparing companies with different capital requirements or financing structures.

CECO is trading at a significant premium to its peers.

 
Price/Projected
Earnings
1 2 3 4 5
premium   discount
  Price to
Earnings/Growth
1 2 3 4 5
premium   discount
CECO 18.19 Peers 43.16   CECO NA Peers 7.17

Premium. A higher price-to-projected earnings ratio than its peers can signify a more expensive stock or higher future growth expectations.

CECO is trading at a significant premium to its peers.

 

Neutral. The PEG ratio is the stock’s P/E divided by the consensus estimate of long-term earnings growth. Faster growth can justify higher price multiples.

Ratio not available.

 
Price/Book
1 2 3 4 5
premium   discount
  Earnings Growth
1 2 3 4 5
lower   higher
CECO 2.05 Peers 6.85   CECO -129.87 Peers 41.90

Discount. A lower price-to-book ratio makes a stock more attractive to investors seeking stocks with lower market values per dollar of equity on the balance sheet.

CECO is trading at a significant discount to its peers.

 

Lower. Elevated earnings growth rates can lead to capital appreciation and justify higher price-to-earnings ratios.

However, CECO is expected to significantly trail its peers on the basis of its earnings growth rate.

 
Price/Sales
1 2 3 4 5
premium   discount
  Sales Growth
1 2 3 4 5
premium   discount
CECO 0.94 Peers 3.40   CECO -16.87 Peers 11.20

Discount. In the absence of P/E and P/B multiples, the price-to-sales ratio can display the value investors are placing on each dollar of sales.

CECO is trading at a significant discount to its industry on this measurement.

 

Lower. A sales growth rate that trails the industry implies that a company is losing market share.

CECO significantly trails its peers on the basis of sales growth

 

 

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