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Laureate Education NasdaqGS:LAUR Stock Report

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03 Oct, 2022


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LAUR fundamental analysis
Snowflake Score
Future Growth4/6
Past Performance0/6
Financial Health3/6

LAUR Stock Overview

Laureate Education, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides higher education programs and services to students through a network of universities and higher education institutions.

Laureate Education Competitors

Price History & Performance

Summary of all time highs, changes and price drops for Laureate Education
Historical stock prices
Current Share PriceUS$10.55
52 Week HighUS$18.49
52 Week LowUS$9.41
1 Month Change-3.48%
3 Month Change-6.97%
1 Year Change-40.86%
3 Year Change-35.44%
5 Year Change-25.70%
Change since IPO-20.38%

Recent News & Updates

Sep 14

Laureate Education declares $0.83 special dividend

Laureate Education (NASDAQ:LAUR) declares $0.83/share special dividend. Payable Oct. 12; for shareholders of record Sept. 28; ex-div Sept. 27. See LAUR Dividend Scorecard, Yield Chart, & Dividend Growth.

Sep 13
Here's Why Laureate Education (NASDAQ:LAUR) Can Manage Its Debt Responsibly

Here's Why Laureate Education (NASDAQ:LAUR) Can Manage Its Debt Responsibly

Howard Marks put it nicely when he said that, rather than worrying about share price volatility, 'The possibility of...

Shareholder Returns

LAURUS Consumer ServicesUS Market

Return vs Industry: LAUR underperformed the US Consumer Services industry which returned -30.6% over the past year.

Return vs Market: LAUR underperformed the US Market which returned -23.2% over the past year.

Price Volatility

Is LAUR's price volatile compared to industry and market?
LAUR volatility
LAUR Average Weekly Movement4.7%
Consumer Services Industry Average Movement8.5%
Market Average Movement6.8%
10% most volatile stocks in US Market15.5%
10% least volatile stocks in US Market2.8%

Stable Share Price: LAUR is not significantly more volatile than the rest of US stocks over the past 3 months, typically moving +/- 5% a week.

Volatility Over Time: LAUR's weekly volatility (5%) has been stable over the past year.

About the Company

198919,000Eilif Serck-Hanssen

Laureate Education, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides higher education programs and services to students through a network of universities and higher education institutions. The company offers a range of undergraduate and graduate degree programs in the areas of business and management, medicine and health sciences, and engineering and information technology through campus-based, online, and hybrid programs. It provides its services in Mexico, Peru, and the United States.

Laureate Education Fundamentals Summary

How do Laureate Education's earnings and revenue compare to its market cap?
LAUR fundamental statistics
Market CapUS$1.74b
Earnings (TTM)-US$19.92m
Revenue (TTM)US$1.16b


P/S Ratio


P/E Ratio

Earnings & Revenue

Key profitability statistics from the latest earnings report
LAUR income statement (TTM)
Cost of RevenueUS$666.83m
Gross ProfitUS$492.54m
Other ExpensesUS$512.45m

Last Reported Earnings

Jun 30, 2022

Next Earnings Date


Earnings per share (EPS)-0.12
Gross Margin42.48%
Net Profit Margin-1.72%
Debt/Equity Ratio9.0%

How did LAUR perform over the long term?

See historical performance and comparison
We’ve recently updated our valuation analysis.


Is LAUR undervalued compared to its fair value, analyst forecasts and its price relative to the market?

Valuation Score


Valuation Score 5/6

  • Price-To-Sales vs Peers

  • Price-To-Sales vs Industry

  • Price-To-Sales vs Fair Ratio

  • Below Fair Value

  • Significantly Below Fair Value

  • Analyst Forecast

Key Valuation Metric

Which metric is best to use when looking at relative valuation for LAUR?

Other financial metrics that can be useful for relative valuation.

LAUR key valuation metrics and ratios. From Price to Earnings, Price to Sales and Price to Book to Price to Earnings Growth Ratio, Enterprise Value and EBITDA.
Key Statistics
Enterprise Value/Revenue1.8x
Enterprise Value/EBITDA7.1x
PEG Ration/a

Price to Sales Ratio vs Peers

How does LAUR's PS Ratio compare to its peers?

LAUR PS Ratio vs Peers
The above table shows the PS ratio for LAUR vs its peers. Here we also display the market cap and forecasted growth for additional consideration.
CompanyPSEstimated GrowthMarket Cap
Peer Average2.3x
UDMY Udemy
COUR Coursera
STRA Strategic Education
ATGE Adtalem Global Education
LAUR Laureate Education

Price-To-Sales vs Peers: LAUR is good value based on its Price-To-Sales Ratio (1.5x) compared to the peer average (2.3x).

Price to Earnings Ratio vs Industry

How does LAUR's PE Ratio compare vs other companies in the US Consumer Services Industry?

Price-To-Sales vs Industry: LAUR is expensive based on its Price-To-Sales Ratio (1.5x) compared to the US Consumer Services industry average (1.4x)

Price to Sales Ratio vs Fair Ratio

What is LAUR's PS Ratio compared to its Fair PS Ratio? This is the expected PS Ratio taking into account the company's forecast earnings growth, profit margins and other risk factors.

LAUR PS Ratio vs Fair Ratio.
Fair Ratio
Current PS Ratio1.5x
Fair PS Ratio1.9x

Price-To-Sales vs Fair Ratio: LAUR is good value based on its Price-To-Sales Ratio (1.5x) compared to the estimated Fair Price-To-Sales Ratio (1.9x).

Share Price vs Fair Value

What is the Fair Price of LAUR when looking at its future cash flows? For this estimate we use a Discounted Cash Flow model.

Below Fair Value: LAUR ($10.55) is trading below our estimate of fair value ($38.95)

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

Analyst Price Targets

What is the analyst 12-month forecast and do we have any statistical confidence in the consensus price target?

Analyst Forecast: Target price is more than 20% higher than the current share price and analysts are within a statistically confident range of agreement.

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Future Growth

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

Future Growth Score


Future Growth Score 4/6

  • Earnings vs Savings Rate

  • Earnings vs Market

  • High Growth Earnings

  • Revenue vs Market

  • High Growth Revenue

  • Future ROE


Forecasted annual earnings growth

Earnings and Revenue Growth Forecasts

Analyst Future Growth Forecasts

Earnings vs Savings Rate: LAUR is forecast to become profitable over the next 3 years, which is considered faster growth than the savings rate (1.9%).

Earnings vs Market: LAUR is forecast to become profitable over the next 3 years, which is considered above average market growth.

High Growth Earnings: LAUR is expected to become profitable in the next 3 years.

Revenue vs Market: LAUR's revenue (8.2% per year) is forecast to grow faster than the US market (7.7% per year).

High Growth Revenue: LAUR's revenue (8.2% per year) is forecast to grow slower than 20% per year.

Earnings per Share Growth Forecasts

Future Return on Equity

Future ROE: LAUR's Return on Equity is forecast to be low in 3 years time (16%).

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Past Performance

How has Laureate Education performed over the past 5 years?

Past Performance Score


Past Performance Score 0/6

  • Quality Earnings

  • Growing Profit Margin

  • Earnings Trend

  • Accelerating Growth

  • Earnings vs Industry

  • High ROE


Historical annual earnings growth

Earnings and Revenue History

Quality Earnings: LAUR is currently unprofitable.

Growing Profit Margin: LAUR is currently unprofitable.

Past Earnings Growth Analysis

Earnings Trend: LAUR is unprofitable, and losses have increased over the past 5 years at a rate of 16.4% per year.

Accelerating Growth: Unable to compare LAUR's earnings growth over the past year to its 5-year average as it is currently unprofitable

Earnings vs Industry: LAUR is unprofitable, making it difficult to compare its past year earnings growth to the Consumer Services industry (9.7%).

Return on Equity

High ROE: LAUR has a negative Return on Equity (-0.85%), as it is currently unprofitable.

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Financial Health

How is Laureate Education's financial position?

Financial Health Score


Financial Health Score 3/6

  • Short Term Liabilities

  • Long Term Liabilities

  • Debt Level

  • Reducing Debt

  • Stable Cash Runway

  • Forecast Cash Runway

Financial Position Analysis

Short Term Liabilities: LAUR's short term assets ($400.5M) exceed its short term liabilities ($369.9M).

Long Term Liabilities: LAUR's short term assets ($400.5M) do not cover its long term liabilities ($715.4M).

Debt to Equity History and Analysis

Debt Level: LAUR has more cash than its total debt.

Reducing Debt: LAUR's debt to equity ratio has reduced from 191.2% to 9% over the past 5 years.

Balance Sheet

Cash Runway Analysis

For companies that have on average been loss making in the past we assess whether they have at least 1 year of cash runway.

Stable Cash Runway: LAUR has less than a year of cash runway based on its current free cash flow.

Forecast Cash Runway: Insufficient data to determine if LAUR has enough cash runway if its free cash flow continues to grow or shrink based on historical rates.

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What is Laureate Education current dividend yield, its reliability and sustainability?

Dividend Score


Dividend Score 0/6

  • Notable Dividend

  • High Dividend

  • Stable Dividend

  • Growing Dividend

  • Earnings Coverage

  • Cash Flow Coverage


Forecast Dividend Yield

Dividend Yield vs Market

Laureate Education Dividend Yield vs Market
How does Laureate Education dividend yield compare to the market?
SegmentDividend Yield
Company (Laureate Education)n/a
Market Bottom 25% (US)1.6%
Market Top 25% (US)4.6%
Industry Average (Consumer Services)2.1%
Analyst forecast in 3 Years (Laureate Education)3.0%

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

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

Stability and Growth of Payments

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

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

Earnings Payout to Shareholders

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

Cash Payout to Shareholders

Cash Flow Coverage: Unable to calculate sustainability of dividends as LAUR has not reported any payouts.

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


Average management tenure


Eilif Serck-Hanssen (56 yo)





Mr. Eilif Serck-Hanssen has been Chief Executive Officer and Director of Laureate Education, Inc. since January 1, 2018 and its President since July 15, 2019. Mr. Serck-Hanssen served as President and Chie...

CEO Compensation Analysis

Eilif Serck-Hanssen's Compensation vs Laureate Education Earnings
How has Eilif Serck-Hanssen's remuneration changed compared to Laureate Education's earnings?
DateTotal Comp.SalaryCompany Earnings
Jun 30 2022n/an/a


Mar 31 2022n/an/a


Dec 31 2021US$7mUS$850k


Sep 30 2021n/an/a


Jun 30 2021n/an/a


Mar 31 2021n/an/a


Dec 31 2020US$5mUS$766k


Sep 30 2020n/an/a


Jun 30 2020n/an/a


Mar 31 2020n/an/a


Dec 31 2019US$5mUS$850k


Sep 30 2019n/an/a


Jun 30 2019n/an/a


Mar 31 2019n/an/a


Dec 31 2018US$5mUS$850k


Sep 30 2018n/an/a


Jun 30 2018n/an/a


Mar 31 2018n/an/a


Dec 31 2017US$7mUS$687k


Sep 30 2017n/an/a


Jun 30 2017n/an/a


Mar 31 2017n/an/a


Dec 31 2016US$3mUS$592k


Sep 30 2016n/an/a


Jun 30 2016n/an/a


Mar 31 2016n/an/a


Dec 31 2015US$2mUS$580k


Compensation vs Market: Eilif's total compensation ($USD7.32M) is above average for companies of similar size in the US market ($USD5.59M).

Compensation vs Earnings: Eilif's compensation has increased whilst the company is unprofitable.

Leadership Team

Experienced Management: LAUR's management team is not considered experienced ( 2 years average tenure), which suggests a new team.

Board Members

Experienced Board: LAUR's board of directors are considered experienced (5.7 years average tenure).


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

NasdaqGS:LAUR Recent Insider Transactions by Companies or Individuals
DateValueNameEntityRoleSharesMax Price
23 Jun 22SellUS$1,729,713Cohen Private VenturesCompany163,122US$10.60
22 Jun 22SellUS$2,274,526Cohen Private VenturesCompany201,767US$11.45
16 Jun 22SellUS$1,478,271Cohen Private VenturesCompany132,864US$11.13
16 Jun 22SellUS$1,193,903Cohen Private VenturesCompany105,111US$11.36
17 Nov 21SellUS$50,880Michael DurhamIndividual4,590US$11.08

Ownership Breakdown

What is the ownership structure of LAUR?
Owner TypeNumber of SharesOwnership Percentage
Individual Insiders1,393,0200.8%
General Public12,260,4887.4%
Private Companies20,856,68712.7%
VC/PE Firms32,842,18419.9%

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

Top Shareholders

Top 25 shareholders own 85% of the company
OwnershipNameSharesCurrent ValueChange %Portfolio %
KKR & Co. Inc.
Wengen Alberta, LP
20,855,584$220.0m0%no data
The Vanguard Group, Inc.
12,105,753$127.7m11.06%no data
BlackRock, Inc.
8,717,229$92.0m19.44%no data
Sterling Partners
Van Berkom and Associates Inc.
Dimensional Fund Advisors LP
TruArc Partners, LP
Point72 Asset Management, L.P.
Cohen Private Ventures
Wellington Management Group LLP
Macquarie Investment Management Business Trust
Geode Capital Management, LLC
2,370,766$25.0m10.09%no data
Park West Asset Management LLC
State Street Global Advisors, Inc.
2,241,089$23.6m4.05%no data
BNY Mellon Asset Management
Charles Schwab Investment Management, Inc.
1,676,067$17.7m1.52%no data
Mangrove Partners
Northern Trust Global Investments
1,315,466$13.9m5.01%no data
Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association-College Retirement Equities Fund
1,192,595$12.6m11.25%no data
Union Bancaire Privée, UBP SA, Asset Management Arm
Norges Bank Investment Management
948,337$10.0m0%no data
Invesco Capital Management LLC
Bridgeway Capital Management, LLC

Company Information

Laureate Education, Inc.'s employee growth, exchange listings and data sources

Key Information

  • Name: Laureate Education, Inc.
  • Ticker: LAUR
  • Exchange: NasdaqGS
  • Founded: 1989
  • Industry: Education Services
  • Sector: Consumer Services
  • Implied Market Cap: US$1.737b
  • Shares outstanding: 164.66m
  • Website:

Number of Employees


  • Laureate Education, Inc.
  • 78 SW 7th Street
  • Suite 900
  • Miami
  • Florida
  • 33130
  • United States


TickerExchangePrimary SecuritySecurity TypeCountryCurrencyListed on
LA3ADB (Deutsche Boerse AG)YesNew Common StockDEEURFeb 2017
LAURNasdaqGS (Nasdaq Global Select)YesNew Common StockUSUSDFeb 2017

Company Analysis and Financial Data Status

All financial data provided by Standard & Poor's Capital IQ.
DataLast Updated (UTC time)
Company Analysis2022/10/03 00:00
End of Day Share Price2022/10/03 00:00
Annual Earnings2021/12/31

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.