Capella Education (CPLA) Misses Q4 EPS by 6c, Gives Outlook

February 12, 2013 7:06 AM EST
Capella Education (NASDAQ: CPLA) reported Q4 EPS of $0.68, $0.06 worse than the analyst estimate of $0.74. Revenue for the quarter came in at $107 million versus the consensus estimate of $106.09 million.


For the first quarter ending March 31, 2013, Capella University new enrollment growth is expected to be up about 5 percent compared to first quarter 2012. Total enrollment is expected to decline by about 3 to 4 percent and consolidated revenue is expected to decline by about 4.5 to 5.5 percent compared to first quarter 2012.

The consolidated operating margin is anticipated to be approximately 12 to 13 percent of total revenue for the first quarter of 2013 compared to 16.4 percent in the same period last year. The year-over-year change is primarily related to the anticipated decrease in Capella University’s total enrollments.

“2013 will be about execution, increasing market share and continued improvements to drive more consistent, sustained growth,” said Steve Polacek, senior vice president and chief financial officer. “We will continue investing in learner success, further driving Capella’s differentiation and diversification while diligently managing costs, as we position Capella for long-term sustainable growth and shareholder returns.”

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