American Public Education, Inc. ( APEI Quick Quote APEI - Free Report) reported lower-than-expected results in first-quarter 2022. Quarterly earnings and revenues missed the Zacks Consensus Estimate. Although revenues increased owing to higher enrollment, earnings declined on a year-over-year basis due to increased costs and expenses. Notably, APEI completed the acquisitions of Rasmussen University ("RU") and GSUSA on Sep 1, 2021, and Jan 1, 2022, respectively. However, prior-year results did not include the results of operations of RU and GSUSA. Also, they were not directly comparable to the current period. Delving Deeper
The company reported adjusted earnings per share of 12 cents, which missed the consensus mark of 19 cents by 36.8% and decreased from 49 cents a year ago.
Total revenues of $154.7 million also came in below the consensus mark of $157 million by 1.5% but increased 75% from the year-ago period’s level. The upside was backed by the acquisitions and higher enrollment. Total costs and expenses increased nearly 92% year over year to $149.5 million due to the inclusion of RU. Adjusted EBITDA increased 8.8% year over year to $17.4 million. Segment Discussion
The company now operates within three segments, namely, American Public University System (“APUS”), RU and Hondros College of Nursing (“HCN”).
APUS: Revenues declined 5.7% from the year-ago period to $73.1 million. Enrollments grew 1.2% but revenues declined owing to the timing of registrations during the quarter. Also, lower revenue per net course registrations led to the decline, given a change in mix to military registrations, which generate lower revenue per registration than non-military registrations. APUS’s total net course registration increased 1.2% from the year-ago period to 94,000 in the first quarter. RU: The segment reported revenues of $67.1 million for the quarter. RU’s total student enrollment also fell 6.4% from the prior-year quarter’s figure to 16,200. HCN: This segment’s revenues rose 3.7% year over year to $11.5 million, owing to improved enrollment. Total student enrollment at HCN increased 8.1% from the prior-year quarter’s level to 2,500. Meanwhile, GSUSA contributed $3.1 million to total revenues in the quarter. Financials
At March 2022-end, American Public had total cash and cash equivalents of $170.9 million compared with $149.6 million at 2021-end.
Higher cash provided by operating activities and net cash received as a result of the GSUSA acquisition led to the upside. However, increases in capital expenditures and payments of principal and interest on debt obligations partly offset the positives. Q2 Guidance
The company expects total revenues to increase 92-97% year over year. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for the metric is pegged at $153.5 million, indicating growth of 96.7% year over year.
APEI expects earnings within break-even at seven cents per share, indicating a decline of 100-133% year over year. However, the consensus mark for second-quarter earnings is currently pegged at 22 cents, suggesting growth of 633.3% from the prior-year quarter. Adjusted EBITDA is anticipated within $14.3-$16.2 million, suggesting a rise of 44-63% year over year. At APUS, total net course registrations are likely to fall 2-1% year over year to 80,900-83,400. HCN’s total student enrollment is expected to increase by 3% from the prior year’s tally to 2,400. RU’s student enrollment is likely to fall 6% from the year-ago quarter’s figure to 15,900 (due to a 2% decline in Nursing and a 10% decline in Non-Nursing). Zacks Rank
APEI currently carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).
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