NasdaqGS:APEI

Stock Analysis Report

Executive Summary

American Public Education, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides online and campus-based postsecondary education.

Rewards

Trading at 45.8% below its fair value

Earnings are forecast to grow 34.9% per year

Risk Analysis

Large one-off items impacting financial results

Profit margins (4.6%) are lower than last year (8.4%)



Snowflake Analysis

Flawless balance sheet and good value.


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Share Price & News

How has American Public Education's share price performed over time and what events caused price changes?


Latest Share Price and Events

Stable Share Price: APEI has not had significant price volatility in the past 3 months.


Market Performance


7 Day Return

-0.2%

APEI

0.4%

US Consumer Services

0.06%

US Market


1 Year Return

-22.1%

APEI

34.2%

US Consumer Services

19.4%

US Market

Return vs Industry: APEI underperformed the US Consumer Services industry which returned 34.2% over the past year.

Return vs Market: APEI underperformed the US Market which returned 19.4% over the past year.


Shareholder returns

APEIIndustryMarket
7 Day-0.2%0.4%0.06%
30 Day-10.5%2.4%1.1%
90 Day-1.8%19.8%8.9%
1 Year-22.1%-22.1%34.6%34.2%21.9%19.4%
3 Year3.1%3.1%121.1%110.9%48.9%39.3%
5 Year-26.9%-26.9%193.4%160.3%71.9%53.1%

Price Volatility Vs. Market

How volatile is American Public Education's share price compared to the market and industry in the last 5 years?


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Valuation

Is American Public Education undervalued compared to its fair value and its price relative to the market?

45.8%

Undervalued compared to fair value


Share Price vs. Fair Value

Below Fair Value: APEI ($25) is trading below our estimate of fair value ($46.16)

Significantly Below Fair Value: APEI is trading below fair value by more than 20%.


Price To Earnings Ratio

PE vs Industry: APEI is poor value based on its PE Ratio (30.5x) compared to the Consumer Services industry average (25.5x).

PE vs Market: APEI is poor value based on its PE Ratio (30.5x) compared to the US market (18.3x).


Price to Earnings Growth Ratio

PEG Ratio: APEI is good value based on its PEG Ratio (0.9x)


Price to Book Ratio

PB vs Industry: APEI is good value based on its PB Ratio (1.3x) compared to the US Consumer Services industry average (2.1x).


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Future Growth

How is American Public Education forecast to perform in the next 1 to 3 years based on estimates from 4 analysts?

34.9%

Forecasted annual earnings growth


Earnings and Revenue Growth Forecasts


Analyst Future Growth Forecasts

Earnings vs Savings Rate: APEI's forecast earnings growth (34.9% per year) is above the savings rate (1.7%).

Earnings vs Market: APEI's earnings (34.9% per year) are forecast to grow faster than the US market (14.2% per year).

High Growth Earnings: earnings are expected to grow significantly over the next 3 years.

Revenue vs Market: APEI's revenue (2.8% per year) is forecast to grow slower than the US market (7.6% per year).

High Growth Revenue: APEI's revenue (2.8% per year) is forecast to grow slower than 20% per year.


Earnings per Share Growth Forecasts


Future Return on Equity

Future ROE: APEI's Return on Equity is forecast to be low in 3 years time (5.8%).


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Past Performance

How has American Public Education performed over the past 5 years?

-16.5%

Historical annual earnings growth


Earnings and Revenue History

Quality Earnings: APEI has a large one-off loss of $7.6M impacting its September 30 2019 financial results.

Growing Profit Margin: APEI's current net profit margins (4.6%) are lower than last year (8.4%).


Past Earnings Growth Analysis

Earnings Trend: APEI's earnings have declined by -16.5% per year over the past 5 years.

Accelerating Growth: APEI's has had negative earnings growth over the past year, so it can't be compared to its 5-year average.

Earnings vs Industry: APEI had negative earnings growth (-46.4%) over the past year, making it difficult to compare to the Consumer Services industry average (14.8%).


Return on Equity

High ROE: APEI's Return on Equity (4.5%) is considered low.


Return on Assets


Return on Capital Employed


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Financial Health

How is American Public Education's financial position?


Financial Position Analysis

Short Term Liabilities: APEI's short term assets ($230.0M) exceed its short term liabilities ($45.7M).

Long Term Liabilities: APEI's short term assets ($230.0M) exceed its long term liabilities ($14.6M).


Debt to Equity History and Analysis

Debt Level: APEI is debt free.

Reducing Debt: APEI has not had any debt for past 5 years.

Debt Coverage: APEI has no debt, therefore it does not need to be covered by operating cash flow.

Interest Coverage: APEI has no debt, therefore coverage of interest payments is not a concern.


Balance Sheet

Inventory Level: APEI has a high level of physical assets or inventory.

Debt Coverage by Assets: APEI's debt is covered by short term assets (assets are 1.2948411878643E+17x debt).


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Dividend

What is American Public Education's current dividend yield, its reliability and sustainability?


Dividend Yield vs Market

companyn/amarketbottom25%1.4%markettop25%3.7%industryaverage1.4%forecastin3Yearsn/a

Current dividend yield vs market & industry

Notable Dividend: Unable to evaluate APEI's dividend yield against the bottom 25% of dividend payers, as the company has not reported any payouts.

High Dividend: Unable to evaluate APEI's dividend yield against the top 25% of dividend payers, as the company has not reported any payouts.


Stability and Growth of Payments

Stable Dividend: Insufficient data to determine if APEI's dividends per share have been stable in the past.

Growing Dividend: Insufficient data to determine if APEI's dividend payments have been increasing.


Current Payout to Shareholders

Dividend Coverage: Insufficient data to calculate payout ratio to determine if its dividend payments are covered by earnings.


Future Payout to Shareholders

Future Dividend Coverage: No need to calculate the sustainability of APEI's dividend in 3 years as they are not forecast to pay a notable one for the US market.


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Management

How experienced are the management team and are they aligned to shareholders interests?

3.9yrs

Average management tenure


CEO

Angela Selden 0

0.4yrs

Tenure

0

Ms. Angela K. Selden has been Chief Executive Officer & Director at American Public Education, Inc. since September 23, 2019. Ms. Selden served as the Chief Executive Officer of Workforce Insight, Inc. Ms. ...


Leadership Team

NamePositionTenureCompensationOwnership
Richard Sunderland
Executive VP & CFO6.1yrsUS$1.12m0.26% $1.0m
Patrik Dyberg
Executive VP & CTO1.8yrsUS$1.16m0.057% $222.2k
Thomas Beckett
Senior VP4.1yrsUS$630.21k0.050% $192.5k
Amy Panzarella
Senior Vice President of Human Resources0yrsUS$427.28k0.035% $134.1k
Angela Selden
CEO & Director0.4yrsno datano data
Christopher Symanoskie
Vice President of Investor Relations & Corporate Communications13.1yrsno datano data
Beth Cooper
Senior VP & Chief Marketing Officer0yrsno data0.056% $216.7k
Gwendolyn Hall
Senior VP & Chief of Staff0yrsno datano data
Amy Bevilacqua
Chief Innovation Officer & Senior VP3.8yrsno data0.065% $251.6k
Tony Mediate
Chief Executive Officer of Hondros College of Nursing0yrsno datano data

3.9yrs

Average Tenure

51yo

Average Age

Experienced Management: APEI's management team is considered experienced (3.9 years average tenure).


Board Members

NamePositionTenureCompensationOwnership
Angela Selden
CEO & Director0.4yrsno datano data
Wallace Boston
Director15.7yrsUS$3.26m2.46% $9.5m
Timothy Landon
Independent Director11.1yrsUS$142.99k0.11% $426.4k
Eric Andersen
Independent Director7.7yrsUS$134.99k0.083% $321.0k
Barbara Kurshan
Independent Director5.5yrsUS$134.99k0.074% $287.1k
Jean Halle
Independent Director13.9yrsUS$149.99k0.16% $601.5k
Barbara Fast
Independent Chairperson of the Board4.7yrsUS$198.99k0.12% $468.7k
William Robinson
Independent Director3.7yrsUS$245.87k0.060% $233.7k

6.6yrs

Average Tenure

60yo

Average Age

Experienced Board: APEI's board of directors are considered experienced (6.6 years average tenure).


Ownership

Who are the major shareholders and have insiders been buying or selling?


Insider Trading Volume

Insider Buying: Insufficient data to determine if insiders have bought more shares than they have sold in the past 3 months.


Recent Insider Transactions

Ownership Breakdown

Dilution of Shares: Shareholders have not been meaningfully diluted in the past year.


Top Shareholders

Company Information

American Public Education, Inc.'s company bio, employee growth, exchange listings and data sources


Key Information

  • Name: American Public Education, Inc.
  • Ticker: APEI
  • Exchange: NasdaqGS
  • Founded: 1991
  • Industry: Education Services
  • Sector: Consumer Services
  • Market Cap: US$387.882m
  • Shares outstanding: 15.40m
  • Website: https://www.apei.com

Number of Employees


Location

  • American Public Education, Inc.
  • 111 West Congress Street
  • Charles Town
  • West Virginia
  • 25414
  • United States

Listings

TickerExchangePrimary SecuritySecurity TypeCountryCurrencyListed on
APEINasdaqGS (Nasdaq Global Select)YesCommon StockUSUSDNov 2007
51ADB (Deutsche Boerse AG)YesCommon StockDEEURNov 2007

Biography

American Public Education, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides online and campus-based postsecondary education. The company operates in two segments, American Public Education and Hondros College of Nursing. It offers 110 degree programs and 109 certificate programs in various fields of study, including business administration, health science, technology, criminal justice, education, and liberal arts, as well as national security, military studies, intelligence, and homeland security. The company also provides diploma in practical nursing, an associate degree in nursing, an associate degree in medical laboratory technology; and an online registered nurse to Bachelor of Science in nursing program. American Public Education, Inc. was founded in 1991 and is headquartered in Charles Town, West Virginia. 


Company Analysis and Financial Data Status

All financial data provided by Standard & Poor's Capital IQ.
DataLast Updated (UTC time)
Company Analysis2020/02/19 01:18
End of Day Share Price2020/02/18 00:00
Earnings2019/09/30
Annual Earnings2018/12/31


Unless specified all financial data is based on a yearly period but updated quarterly. This is known as Trailing Twelve Month (TTM) or Last Twelve Month (LTM) Data. Learn more here.