I agree that the Management Objectives for 2016 are a reason to be optimistic. I especially like numbers 1, 2, 5, 8, and 9. If they achieve all of these, we'll be looking at a much higher stock price.
1. Resolve (through settlement or otherwise) outstanding legal and regulatory matters involving the Company 20%
2. Increase the 2016 weighted average graduation rate for ITT Technical Institute (calculated utilizing a completion period equal to 1.5 times the anticipated program duration for a full-time student) 20%
3. Improve the 2016 ITT Technical Institute quarterly student evaluation average score 10%
4. Improve the average NCLEX score of the 2016 graduates of the Breckinridge School of Nursing and Health Sciences nursing program 10%
5. Establish relationships with Corporate Partners to deliver customized corporate training and other educational services 10%
6. Design, develop and obtain the necessary regulatory authorizations to offer an alternative delivery methodology for an accredited degree program 10%
7. Design, develop and implement a revised marketing and advertising campaign for ITT Technical Institute 10%
8. Obtain the requisite federal, state and accrediting commission authorizations for the ITT Technical Institutes to offer new diploma and/or degree programs 5%
9. Obtain the requisite federal, state and accrediting commission authorizations for the ITT Technical Institutes to open new campus locations 5%
DV and CPLA initiated with an Outperform.
LOPE and STRA initiated with a Neutral.
Credit Suisse does not currently cover ESI but I would expect an Outperform rating soon.
ESI only has to go to $4 and anyone who buys at $2.75 would have a 45% gain.
There are aren't going to be many stocks in 2016 with a 45% gain!
It's a very positive development that for-profits are seen as value plays.
Fidelity gives ESI a 7.4 (Bullish) out of 10 rating.
Consensus estimate is for an EPS of 18 cents with an estimated earnings announcement date of Feb. 11.
Just TRYING to read the #$%$ that Drew the Shrew posts is enough to make you dizzy because it all comes from a psychotic mind. None of it makes sense and trying to understand it will only drive you insane, like quantass.
You don't need overtime for a good IT job. Many IT jobs pay more than $100/hour and the best programmers can charge close to $1000/hour.
The key sentences in the following story:
1. "Every talented engineer I know has a job." (Quantass is obviously not talented.)
2. "I’d rather control my own destiny ..." (Quantass will let the Feds control his destiny.)
3. "big companies and startups alike are paying top dollar" (Quantass would rather live on welfare)
"James Knight recently made an unorthodox career move for a 27-year-old coder: quitting a well-paid gig writing software for Google to go freelance. No more gold-plated benefits or million-dollar views from Google's Manhattan office.
Knight is willing to sacrifice those perks because as an independent he’s pulling down about twice as much as he did at Google. He has more freedom. In March, Knight and his wife plan to travel to Spain and across Europe—all the while writing code for a dating app and a self-portrait app, among others.
"I’d rather control my own destiny and take on the risk and forgo the benefits of nap pods and food," Knight says.
Amid an accelerating war for tech talent, big companies and startups alike are paying top dollar—as much as $1,000 a hour, according to a person who gets coders gigs—for freelancers with the right combination of skills. While companies still recruit many of the best minds, they're turning to independent software developers to get a stalled project moving..
Last spring, Aaron Rubin hired a freelance coder through recruiter Toptal for about four weeks to help get ShipHero, his cloud-based logistics startup, off the ground. "To find someone that talented in New York in three days was never going to happen," Rubin says. "Every talented engineer I know has a job."
Independent software developers like Knight represent an elite echelon of the so-called Gig Economy—a 53-million-strong army of freelancers who now account for one in three workers.
As usual, the two biggest deadbeat losers in the history of education, quantass and drew the shrew, have nothing substantive to say. Write #$%$, wipe, repeat.
Market Watch has a good story called "Do elite colleges really lead to higher salaries?"
Their conclusion is "A diploma from a highly selective (elite) college means higher pay in certain fields. In others, it makes almost no difference at all.
The programs where there is NO DIFFERENCE at all in salaries are the STEM programs, i.e. ESI's programs.
Here's what they said:
"What we found startled us. For STEM-related majors, average earnings don’t vary much among the college categories. For example, we find no statistically significant differences in average earnings for science majors between selective schools and either midtier or less-selective schools. Likewise, there’s no significant earnings difference between engineering graduates from selective and less-selective colleges, and only a marginally significant difference between selective and midtier colleges.
What’s going on? For potential employers, the skills students learn in these fields appear to trump prestige—possibly because curricula are relatively standardized and there’s a commonly accepted body of knowledge students must absorb. So, a student may not need to attend the best possible school to ensure a good salary after graduation. (It’s important to note that we controlled for numerous other factors that might influence postgraduation earnings, such as family income, race/ethnicity, gender, marital status, SAT score, postgraduate degree and age at graduation and more.)"
Outmanned? Let's see.
Quantass is a deadbeat criminal trying to steal money from the US Government.
Drew the Shrew is obviously a woman. Can't stop nagging about trivialities that no one cares about.
Fritz the cat is a neutered feline.
Kirk the jerk just keeps on jerkin.
and Dahn spent his prime lovin time in the Nevada State prison.
Looks like we have one man, TDR, who states verifiable facts in logical posts and 5 girls each looking for attention they can't get from real people.
TDR will never be outmanned by the 5 "girlfriends" posting drivel.
Fritz the #$%$ has no money. His fritzwilly is limp. He has no position. He's just a lonely sad loser with no friends and no job who can't think clearly. Look at a few of his posts and you'll see no substance, just hatred. He hates his life and wants others to fail as he has. It's sad to watch but someone has to be at the bottom of the barrel and Fritz the Zitz is as low as they get.
Your analysis is correct. ESI is a good (and likely great) buy below $4. Enrollment declines will slow and if the stock market is predicting a slowdown in the world economy, enrollments will soon stabilize and grow. The craziness in the political arena for the next year will distract attention from the for profit sector for awhile.
It won't be a rapid rise to the $8 to $10 area. More like a slow and steady climb. The shorts will provide some of the fuel. Most shorts have realized that the "ESI going out of business" theory is lunacy. AS TDR has pointed out, the shorts are frightened to death of the low volume days. They fear good news that would provoke a spike in ESI's share price. Yes, even shorts can be rational.
None of the girlfriends on this board (Kirk the Jerk, Quantass, Drew the Shrew, Dippy Dahn, and Limpwilly) have any money or credit. They all live together in a one room apartment earning 10 cents per post paid by some millionaire who needs slaves. Needless to say, the girlfriends all like each other very much. You could say they were kissin cousins.
Limpwilly is trying very hard to convince intelligent investors that ESI is not a good buy at this time. Limpwilly, however, is never able to provide any specific reasons why ESI will go down instead of up.
Since Limpwilly's arguments are generally flaccid, it might be time to help Limpwilly with his "wet noodle" statements. Maybe a "firm" approach to Limpwilly's distress will l give him the confidence to help him to "get his arguments up". We mustn't leave him "hanging".
Limpwilly's arguments are mostly comprised of statements that generally "flop". The substance of his bluster is "soft", almost rubbery.
Limpwilly's basic ideas consist of:
1) An asteroid will hit ESI headquarters.
2) Donald Trump will buy ESI for 50 cents and make it his Presidential playground.
3) Everyone at ESI will contract cancer and die within a week.
4) The DOE, which is more worried about Limpwilly than ESI, will have Modany assassinated.
5) Drew the Deadbeat Shrew, Limp's sister and girlfriend, will enroll at ESI and spit Zika virus on everyone.
6) Kirk the Jerk will keep on jerkin' on campus (this is more than Limp can do).
7) Dahn's Nevada State Prison lovers will overrun ITT campuses causing chaos.
You can see why Limpwilly's "spongy" arguments are received as "soft sock". His statements lack muscle.
This is your challenge, Limp! Come up with 7 credible reasons why ESI will go down instead of up in 2016 and your reputation for flaccidity will be a thing of the past. Remember that your (disappointed) girlfriends, Kirk the Jerk, Dahn the Fawn, Drew the Shrew, and Quantass are not allowed to help you. Tell them to go into the other room while you "work" on your problem. "Erect" your arguments so they don't disappoint you girlfriends and more importantly, your doctor.
The other thing to note is that Putnam retained it's 14.3% stake in ESI as of the end of 2015.
Nantahala sold 5 million shares in the latest quarter but those 5 million shares are presumably in stronger hands now.
Vox, as you can see, we did not get my requested 7 credible reasons. Thus, they have none! They do ZERO analysis. They are full of hate and psychosis. The only reason they post is to hope to see others suffer as they do. They know that ESI will eventually (maybe sooner than later) rise to somewhere near fair value. A simple analysis shows the $8 to $10 range would apply to every other stock in the same financial shape as ESI.
The rats and cockroaches I referenced above are interfering with the normal analysis of ESI. There are many investors who appreciate good analysis of a stock. Many of the more intelligent contributors to this board have over and over presented solid evidence that ESI is an excellent buy at these levels. These are the messages I want to read. These are the messages I want to reply to.
The 5 girlfriends I referenced above are all sad cases in one way or another. Most have no money and enormous debt. They live in a psychotic world of their own creation. Quantass is a good example. His goal is to put ESI out of business so he can collect from the US Government. How stupid is that? Just the fact that he posts on the Yahoo ESI board in order to further his goal is evidence enough that he has scrambled marbles.
All 5 girlfriends need serious psychiatric help. Did I stoop down to a lower standard? No, I'm just calling cockroaches what they are. The basic conclusion from my post is that, yes, Limpwilly is impotent. He has nothing to add that remotely resembles a convincing argument.
Mostly, I just wanted to have fun with the girlfriends and frame them in the bizarre world they live in. I had a good laugh at their expense and if I think of another way to "out" the girlfriends (Kirk the Jerk, Quantass, Drew the Deadbeat Shrew, Ditzy Dahn, and Limp) I will do it.
Last but not least, you may have missed the fact that I've accurately depicted the world in which they live. The incestuous world of the dregs of the dregs.
Sorry, Vox. That was a mistake. Nantahala actually added 242,141 ESI shares in Q4 2015. They now have a total of 2,555,084.
Quantass has a plan. Quantass tried to go to school a long time ago and, well, he flunked out. Actually, the teachers asked him to leave because he farted too much. The girls in the class petitioned the teacher to get rid of him. Instead of going to the doctor and getting help, Quantass kept on farting. Needless to say, Quantass didn't have many friends. (Much later, of course, Quantass would meet his present girlfriends, Kirk the Jerk (missing in action), Limpwilly, Ditzy Dahn, and Drew the Deadbeat Shrew). They all smell the same so Quantass fits in.
So there's no problem, right? Unfortunately, the young not-so-bright Quantass "forgot" that he had taken out a large number of loans. His "forgetting" was very convenient because the loans were quite a nuisance. Meanwhile the loans grew and grew to $100,000+. Uh oh!
So Quantass devises a plan. He can't really fart on people on a message board so he will do the next best thing! He will post nonsense over and over in the hopes of driving investors into selling their ESI. The more idiotic the posts, he thought, the better. Then he thought, how does this help me?
He thought hard and decided that if ESI went very, very low, the company would go out of business. Success he thought! He felt so proud, he farted twice but had to leave the room.
Is it a good plan? Well, there may be some problems.
1) No matter how low ESI stock goes, ESI can still stay in business.
2) Many investors would LIKE to get ESI at a low bargain price. They buy it!
3) The loans that Quantass took out have no correlation to ESI stock price. The Feds will collect no matter what and will send agents to Quantass' house that have no sense of smell.
4) The IQ of the average investor is triple Quantass' IQ. Why didn't Quantass think of that? Well, he has a low IQ.
5) The total # of shares owned by everyone on the ESI board is ~4% of all shares outstanding. Institutions own 72%.
Conclusion: Quantass is fartin' in the wind.
Alex_iff is right on about how manipulated ESI is. All the $3 put and call options that were bought will expire and the person (market maker) who sold them will keep the proftits. Amazing how that happens so regularly. Apparently it must be legal for the market maker to scam the retail investor. There is one thing to be grateful for however. I didn't buy any options but I did buy a lot of ESI at $2.40. Maybe next month, the market maker will be manipulating the $4 or $5 options. Something to look forward to.