Why Apollo Education Group (APOL) Stock Is Higher Today

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Shares of Apollo Education Group Inc.  (APOL) are up 2.24% to $29.94 after the company reported adjusted net income for the third quarter of 76 cents per share, beating the average estimate of 66 cents per share of analysts surveyed by Thompson Reuters.

The owner of University of Phoenix said enrollment in the quarter totaled 241,900, a 16% decline but ahead of the company's forecast of 230,000 by August.

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The company reported net revenue for the third quarter of $799.9 million, down from $946.8 million a year ago.

Separately, TheStreet Ratings team rates APOLLO EDUCATION GROUP INC as a Hold with a ratings score of C. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate APOLLO EDUCATION GROUP INC (APOL) a HOLD. The primary factors that have impacted our rating are mixed, some indicating strength, some showing weaknesses, with little evidence to justify the expectation of either a positive or negative performance for this stock relative to most other stocks. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and reasonable valuation levels. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that we feel that the company's cash flow from its operations has been weak overall."

Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows:

  • Investors have apparently begun to recognize positive factors similar to those we have mentioned in this report, including earnings growth. This has helped drive up the company's shares by a sharp 46.22% over the past year, a rise that has exceeded that of the S&P 500 Index. Regarding the stock's future course, our hold rating indicates that we do not recommend additional investment in this stock despite its gains in the past year.
  • APOL's debt-to-equity ratio is very low at 0.06 and is currently below that of the industry average, implying that there has been very successful management of debt levels. Along with the favorable debt-to-equity ratio, the company maintains an adequate quick ratio of 1.28, which illustrates the ability to avoid short-term cash problems.
  • APOLLO EDUCATION GROUP INC has improved earnings per share by 8.3% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. This company has reported somewhat volatile earnings recently. But, we feel it is poised for EPS growth in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, APOLLO EDUCATION GROUP INC reported lower earnings of $2.20 versus $3.19 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($2.32 versus $2.20).
  • Return on equity has greatly decreased when compared to its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a signal of major weakness within the corporation. Compared to other companies in the Diversified Consumer Services industry and the overall market, APOLLO EDUCATION GROUP INC's return on equity exceeds that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • Net operating cash flow has decreased to $64.59 million or 27.28% when compared to the same quarter last year. In conjunction, when comparing current results to the industry average, APOLLO EDUCATION GROUP INC has marginally lower results.
  • You can view the full analysis from the report here: APOL Ratings Report
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