UPDATE: Oppenheimer Downgrades Lincoln Educational Services (LINC) toPerform; Visibility Clouded

August 29, 2012 7:28 AM EDT
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(Updated - August 29, 2012 8:56 AM EDT)

Oppenheimer downgraded Lincoln Educational Services (NASDAQ: LINC) from Outperform to Perform.

Analyst, Scott Schneeberger, said, "We're reducing our 2013E EPS to $0.24 from $0.60 on low visibility into the coming year, and modifying our rating to Perform. With enrollment challenges compounded by the recent announcement of seven campus closures, LINC's elevated risk profile (on enrollment/margin uncertainty)/low liquidity prompts us to the sideline. Though we're appreciative of LINC educating students via relatively short-duration programs for jobs unlikely to be "off-shored" (e.g., auto repair), enrollment pressure appears likely to persist through year-end. Maintaining 2012E EPS of $0.06 ($0.04-$0.10 guidance), we note a formidable 4Q12 y/y improvement is needed. LINC trades at 73x/18x our 2012E/2013E EPS vs. its 3-year historic FTM consensus EPS average of 12.4x/S&P 500 at 12.5x 2013E consensus."

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Shares of Lincoln Educational Services closed at $4.36 yesterday.

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