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On May 01, 2018, Capella Education announced that its Board of Directors has approved a quarterly cash dividend of $0.43 per outstanding share of common stock. The cash dividend is payable on June 29, 2018, to shareholders of record as of the close of business on May 24, 2018.
Capella Education's indicated dividend represents a yield of 1.92% compared to the average dividend yield of 2.03% for the Services sector. The Company has raised dividend for two years in a row.
Capella Education has a dividend payout ratio of 39.1%, which indicates that the Company spends approximately $0.39 for dividend distribution out of every $1.00 earned. The dividend payout ratio reflects how much amount a company is returning to shareholders versus how much money it is keeping on hand to reinvest in growth, to pay off debt, and/or to add to its cash reserves.
According to analysts' estimates, Capella Education is forecasted to report earnings of $4.80 per share for the next year, which is more than double compared to the Company's annualized dividend of $1.72 per share.
At March 31, 2018, Capella Education had cash and marketable securities of $192.7 million compared to $181.4 million at December 31, 2017, and no debt as of these dates. Cash provided by operating activities from continuing operations for the three months ended March 31, 2018, was $21.3 million compared to $17.0 million in the same period a year ago. The Company's strong financial position indicates its ability to absorb any fluctuations in earnings and cash flow and to sustain the dividend distribution for a long period.
On May 02, 2018, Capella Education announced results for first quarter fiscal 2018. The Company's revenues were $112.0 million in Q1 2018, up 0.2% compared to $111.8 million in Q1 2017. Capella Education's operating income was $17.9 million in the reported quarter compared to $17.6 million in the year ago same period. Operating margin was 16.0% in Q1 2018 compared to 15.7% in Q1 2017. The Company's reported quarter results included merger transaction costs of $0.5 million.
For Q1 2018, Capella Education's net income from continuing operations was $1.16 per diluted share compared to $0.94 per diluted share for Q1 2017. Merger transaction costs reduced diluted net income per common share from continuing operations for the reported quarter by $0.04.
About Capella Education Co.
Capella Education is an educational services company that provides access to high-quality education through online postsecondary degree programs and job-ready skills offerings needed in today's market. Capella Education's portfolio of companies is dedicated to closing the skills gap by providing the most direct path between learning and employment.
Stock Performance Snapshot
May 21, 2018 - At Monday's closing bell, Capella Education's stock slightly rose 0.67%, ending the trading session at $90.25.
Volume traded for the day: 28.17 thousand shares.
Stock performance in the last three-month – up 13.95%; previous six-month period – up 9.06%; past twelve-month period – up 2.44%; and year-to-date – up 16.60%
After yesterday's close, Capella Education's market cap was at $1.05 billion.
Price to Earnings (P/E) ratio was at 38.36.
The stock has a dividend yield of 1.91%.
The stock is part of the Services sector, categorized under the Education & Training Services industry. This sector was up 0.7% at the end of the session.
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