Apollo Education Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:APOL)

CAPS Rating: 2 out of 5

The Company is an education provider for more than 30 years and operates through subsidiaries: The University of Phoenix, Inc., Institute for Professional Development, The College for Financial Planning Institutes Corporation and Western International.

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Member Avatar TheValueDude (51.85) Submitted: 1/9/2014 5:28:41 PM : Outperform Start Price: $30.71 APOL Score: -14.08

Screen: Under $10B, Top 10% EBIT/EV, Z Score >1.81

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Member Avatar fatmoneyrz (95.32) Submitted: 10/23/2013 9:56:55 AM : Outperform Start Price: $25.69 APOL Score: -1.85

After years of being in a challenging environment the sector has finally turned, and APOL is leading the pack. Nice earning and outlook going forward for APOL.

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Member Avatar toshimelonhead (39.29) Submitted: 4/13/2013 5:58:12 PM : Underperform Start Price: $28.50 APOL Score: +39.93

Apollo's accreditor just released new standards:

1.D. The institution’s mission demonstrates commitment to the public good.

1. Actions and decisions reflect an understanding that in its educational role the institution serves the public, not solely the institution, and thus entails a public obligation.

2. The institution’s educational responsibilities take primacy over other purposes, such as generating financial returns for investors, contributing to a related or parent organization, or supporting external interests.

Clearly Apollo fails both criteria.

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Member Avatar TrackMagicFormul (88.72) Submitted: 3/27/2013 10:14:00 AM : Outperform Start Price: $20.31 APOL Score: +6.71

Investors should consider selling puts. You can achieve some very high annualized returns at strikes significantly below the current price. e.g.

Aug 13 $16 strike at $1.39 has 15% discount and 22% annualized return.

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Member Avatar LoveMeSomeGreen (98.82) Submitted: 3/25/2013 9:36:30 AM : Underperform Start Price: $19.09 APOL Score: -23.47

Don't like this stock...using the pop today to downthumb.

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Member Avatar ztur2218 (< 20) Submitted: 2/20/2013 8:44:53 AM : Outperform Start Price: $19.37 APOL Score: +18.89

cheap

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Member Avatar limboonchuan (< 20) Submitted: 1/10/2013 3:25:46 AM : Underperform Start Price: $19.31 APOL Score: -13.72

For Profit Universities are having a tough time recruiting students because of the restrictions in bank loans and subsidies. Another main worry is academic, there is always the fear of losing your regional or national accreditation which will make your degrees more or less just a piece of paper

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Member Avatar knam (73.60) Submitted: 1/4/2013 5:14:32 PM : Underperform Start Price: $22.04 APOL Score: +5.45

They were able to fool a lot of students to enroll in before but lets remember this: they got students to come using a lot of advertising. Almost 30% of their revenue was spent on advertising. This is why the school enrolls more percentage of uneducated minority students than any other non-profit schools. Not only that, lets bring up some facts: about 90% of their revenue is from government grants and loans. Any investor knows that what the government gives, they can take away. Look at solar energy as an example! Students who attend for-profit universities have higher unemployment rate, higher drop out rate, and receive about 8-10% less income compared to similar students who attended non-profit universities. Not only that they have higher loan default rates which is really hidden by lobbying, they claim default is about 20% but the true number is about 50%. Compared to their counterparts who attend non-profit universities, they face a TERRIBLE life. Though they were able to enroll a lot of students before, with a lot more education and resources out there, it will be harder to enroll more students in the future.

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Member Avatar kulls81 (20.30) Submitted: 11/29/2012 1:04:59 PM : Outperform Start Price: $19.66 APOL Score: +6.57

Magic Formula 11-29-12

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Member Avatar Pumbany (43.57) Submitted: 9/28/2012 9:47:35 PM : Outperform Start Price: $29.35 APOL Score: -39.04

This stock is undervalued and has good earnings

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Member Avatar chopchop0 (42.14) Submitted: 8/2/2012 3:52:10 PM : Underperform Start Price: $26.05 APOL Score: +34.46

Parasitic company in a noble sector. The government is finally on to them.

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Member Avatar bossman5000 (< 20) Submitted: 3/14/2012 10:40:51 AM : Underperform Start Price: $42.12 APOL Score: +72.75

People are realizing that in most cases the exorbitant cost of an online education is not worth it.

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Member Avatar cchigga (91.82) Submitted: 1/3/2012 11:04:42 AM : Underperform Start Price: $53.28 APOL Score: +100.25

As students become more knowledgeable about the effects of "bad school debt" you'll see lesser margins in companies such as APOL as overall school enrollment will steady and people will not look to APOL or others as potential areas to increase their job marketability.

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Member Avatar SorrySam (74.23) Submitted: 12/13/2011 3:56:58 PM : Underperform Start Price: $50.00 APOL Score: +103.13

Revolution Investing new short due to the premise of exploding student loan debt that will make it very difficult to repay, if at all, and new federal regulations.

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Member Avatar TMFLomax (32.77) Submitted: 11/21/2011 2:41:27 PM : Underperform Start Price: $44.99 APOL Score: +98.13

http://www.fool.com/investing/general/2011/11/18/this-industry-has-a-failing-report-card.aspx

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Member Avatar shahart (47.12) Submitted: 8/4/2011 10:03:52 AM : Underperform Start Price: $41.87 APOL Score: +85.19

When you are buying a stock, you are basically buying a piece (though usually a very small one) of a business. Thus, a part of the business, its properties, and its earnings, belongs to you.
Right ?
Not in this case, fella.
Allow me to quote from the last 10-K, published on October 22nd 2010, the beginning of item 5 :

Our Apollo Group Class A common stock trades on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol “APOL.” The holders of our Apollo Group Class A common stock are not entitled to any voting rights.

No voting rights. In other words, you can buy the entire stocks of Apollo, and you still won’t have a say on who runs the business and how to run it, whether to pay dividends (they never did by the way, and they are not planning to either), or any other thing, for that matter.
This is not a stock. It is just a piece of paper, with Apollo’s name on it.

If I were an American citizen, I would urge my representatives to make this kind of a prank illegal. A stock should give you a legal ownership of part of the company, and that comes with voting rights, and it shouldn’t be allowed to be called (and traded as) a stock otherwise.

I don’t know based on what this stock is priced. Apollo may have strong earnings (or not) great balance sheet (or not), and great growth potential (or not). But all that has nothing to do with the stock.

I gave it a thumb down and I am already losing 21 points for it. But I will continue giving it a thumb down, and I will not cease, because as a value investor in heart I know there is only one right price for this paper, mistakenly named as a stock – zero.

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Member Avatar eesirrius (< 20) Submitted: 7/18/2011 9:25:31 PM : Outperform Start Price: $49.38 APOL Score: -92.25

MFI Screen

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Member Avatar secretbonus (< 20) Submitted: 6/24/2011 12:45:57 PM : Outperform Start Price: $41.98 APOL Score: -87.30

Not as cheap as ESI or LINC which I'm also bullish on but has a better established brand name and is the recognized innovator in the field of online education. If people want to go to school online, they usually think "university of phoenix online".

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Member Avatar ikkyu2 (99.28) Submitted: 5/30/2011 3:40:37 PM : Outperform Start Price: $40.68 APOL Score: -76.07

You ever get a speeding ticket? Did you elect to go to online traffic school to avoid the "points" against your license?

These guys almost certainly got a cut.

Online learning is big business; not only do they have 315,000 full-time and part-time enrollees, they make a lot of money off these one-shot deals. You've probably taken one of their classes and not even known it.

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Member Avatar ichangedmyuserid (31.61) Submitted: 3/4/2011 7:49:23 PM : Outperform Start Price: $45.15 APOL Score: -85.14

This is one of my long time favorites, and luckily for value finders this stock tanked from a high.

Great ROE and profit margins stem from the fact that this business generates money with little expenditures... just the way Buffet likes it.

The nice thing is education is valued in both recessions and expansions: in recessions it's the way to get a leg up so that a job is attainable, in expansions it's just an extra credential. Brand name (University of Pheonix) is good.

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