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CECO : NASDAQ : Consumer Services
$13.28 -0.43 | -3.14%
Today's Range: 13.04 - 13.65
Avg. Daily Volume: 227100.0
02/23/18 - 4:00 PM ET

Financial Analysis

CAREER EDUCATION CORP's gross profit margin for the third quarter of its fiscal year 2017 has increased when compared to the same period a year ago. Even though sales decreased, the net income has increased. CAREER EDUCATION CORP has strong liquidity. Currently, the Quick Ratio is 1.65 which shows 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 4.40% from the same quarter last year. The key liquidity measurements indicate that the company is unlikely to face financial difficulties in the near future.

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Income Statement Q3 FY17 Q3 FY16
Net Sales ($mil)144.99167.63
EBITDA ($mil)8.124.51
EBIT ($mil)4.54-0.71
Net Income ($mil)3.02-0.69

Balance Sheet Q3 FY17 Q3 FY16
Cash & Equiv. ($mil)175.94217.78
Total Assets ($mil)501.2551.47
Total Debt ($mil)0.00.0
Equity ($mil)339.39355.02

Profitability Q3 FY17 Q3 FY16
Gross Profit Margin73.9469.34
EBITDA Margin5.62.68
Operating Margin3.13-0.42
Sales Turnover1.211.36
Return on Assets-4.0628.44
Return on Equity-4.7944.35
Debt Q3 FY17 Q3 FY16
Current Ratio1.741.99
Interest Expense0.110.12
Interest Coverage39.82-6.03

Share Data Q3 FY17 Q3 FY16
Shares outstanding (mil)69.0968.49
Div / share0.00.0
Book value / share4.915.18
Institutional Own % n/a n/a
Avg Daily Volume241672.0239479.0


HOLD. This stock’s P/E ratio is negative, making its value useless in the assessment of premium or discount valuation, only displaying that the company has negative earnings per share. To use another comparison, its price-to-book ratio of 2.43 indicates a discount versus the S&P 500 average of 3.26 and a significant discount versus the industry average of 7.61. 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.

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  Price/Cash Flow
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CECO NM Peers 47.27   CECO NM Peers 17.78

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.


Neutral. 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's P/CF is negative making the measure meaningless.

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  Price to
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premium   discount
CECO 14.73 Peers 39.87   CECO NA Peers 1.22

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 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.

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  Earnings Growth
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CECO 2.43 Peers 7.61   CECO -110.48 Peers 178.47

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.

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  Sales Growth
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premium   discount
CECO 1.35 Peers 4.77   CECO -18.76 Peers 17.62

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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