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K12 Inc is an education & training services business based in the US. K12 shares (LRN) are listed on the NYSE and all prices are listed in US Dollars. K12 employs 4,950 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD$1 billion.

How to buy shares in K12

  1. Compare share trading platforms. If you're a beginner, look for a platform with low commissions, expert ratings and investment tools to track your portfolio. Narrow down top brands with our comparison table.
  2. Open and fund your brokerage account. Complete an application with your personal and financial details, like your ID and bank information. Fund your account with a bank transfer, credit card or debit card.
  3. Search for K12 Find the stock by name or ticker symbol: LRN. Research its history to confirm it's a solid investment against your financial goals.
  4. Purchase now or later. Buy today with a market order or use a limit order to delay your purchase until K12 reaches your desired price. To spread out your purchase, look into dollar-cost averaging, which smooths out buying at consistent intervals and amounts.
  5. Decide on how many to buy. At last close price of USD$29.36, weigh your budget against a diversified portfolio that can minimize risk through the market's ups and downs. You may be able to buy a fractional share of K12, depending on your broker.
  6. Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of K12. Optimize your portfolio by tracking how your stock — and even the business — performs with an eye on the long term. You may be eligible for dividends and shareholder voting rights on directors and management that can affect your stock.

How has coronavirus impacted K12's share price?

Since the stock market crash in March caused by coronavirus, K12's share price has had significant positive movement.

Its last market close was USD$29.36, which is 42.92% up on its pre-crash value of USD$16.76 and 94.95% up on the lowest point reached during the March crash when the shares fell as low as USD$15.06.

If you had bought USD$1,000 worth of K12 shares at the start of February 2020, those shares would have been worth USD$1,050.67 at the bottom of the March crash, and if you held on to them, then as of the last market close they'd be worth USD$1,836.17.

K12 share price

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K12 shares at a glance

Information last updated 2020-10-13.
Latest market closeUSD$29.36
52-week rangeUSD$15.06 - USD$52.84
50-day moving average USD$31.564
200-day moving average USD$30.9954
Wall St. target priceUSD$55
PE ratio 50.7333
Dividend yield N/A (0%)
Earnings per share (TTM) USD$0.6

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Is it a good time to buy K12 stock?

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K12 price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the close of $29.36 from 2020-10-16

1 week (2020-10-09) -3.55%
1 month (2020-09-18) 7.90%
3 months (2020-07-17) -37.00%
6 months (2020-04-17) 21.17%
1 year (2019-10-18) 18.63%
2 years (2018-10-18) 73.32%
3 years (2017-10-18) 64.57%
5 years (2015-10-16) 129.02%

Is K12 under- or over-valued?

Valuing K12 stock is incredibly difficult, and any metric has to be viewed as part of a bigger picture of K12's overall performance. However, analysts commonly use some key metrics to help gauge the value of a stock.

K12's P/E ratio

K12's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 51x. In other words, K12 shares trade at around 51x recent earnings.

That's relatively high compared to, say, the trailing 12-month P/E ratio for the NASDAQ 100 at the end of 2019 (27.29). The high P/E ratio could mean that investors are optimistic about the outlook for the shares or simply that they're over-valued.

K12's PEG ratio

K12's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 1.4093. A low ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer better value, while a higher ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer worse value.

The PEG ratio provides a broader view than just the P/E ratio, as it gives more insight into K12's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.


K12's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is USD$59.3 million.

The EBITDA is a measure of a K12's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.

K12 financials

Revenue TTM USD$1 billion
Operating margin TTM 3.22%
Gross profit TTM USD$337.2 million
Return on assets TTM 2.21%
Return on equity TTM 3.75%
Profit margin 2.36%
Book value $17.145
Market capitalisation USD$1.3 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting K12 shares

There are currently 3.0 million K12 shares held short by investors – that's known as K12's "short interest". This figure is 34.7% up from 2.3 million last month.

There are a few different ways that this level of interest in shorting K12 shares can be evaluated.

K12's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

K12's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of K12 shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of K12 shares traded daily (recently around 1.5 million). K12's SIR currently stands at 1.98. In other words for every 100,000 K12 shares traded daily on the market, roughly 1980 shares are currently held short.

However K12's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of K12 shares, or, against the total number of tradable K12 shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case K12's short interest could be expressed as 0.07% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 K12 shares in existence, roughly 70 shares are currently held short) or 0.076% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable K12 shares, roughly 76 shares are currently held short).

Such a low SIR usually points to an optimistic outlook for the share price, with fewer people currently willing to bet against K12.

Find out more about how you can short K12 stock.

K12 share dividends

We're not expecting K12 to pay a dividend over the next 12 months.

K12 share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, K12's shares have ranged in value from as little as $15.06 up to $52.84. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

Beta is a measure of a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (NYSE average) beta is 1, while K12's is 0.4699. This would suggest that K12's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).

K12 overview

K12 Inc., a technology-based education company, provides proprietary and third-party online curriculum, software systems, and educational services to facilitate individualized learning for students primarily in kindergarten through 12th grade (K-12) in the United States and internationally. The company offers managed public school programs, which offer an integrated package of systems, services, products, and professional services that K12 administers to support an online or blended public school, including administrative support, information technology and provisioning, academic support, curriculum, learning systems, and instructional services. It also provides institutional?non-managed public school programs, which offers instruction, curriculum, supplemental courses, marketing, enrollment, and other educational services; and institutional software and services, such as educational software and services to school districts, public schools, and other educational institutions. In addition, the company offers private pay schools and other services; and talent development services for individuals and enterprises in information technology fields. Further, it provides curriculum portfolios, pre-K and K-8 courses, high school courses, learning applications, and learning management systems; and TotalView, a student information system, which include a suite of online applications that offers administrators, teachers, parents, and students a view of student attendance, truancy management, graduation planning, communications, and learning kit shipment tracking. Additionally, the company provides a suite of services, such as academic support, and administrative and technology to students and their families, as well as directly to virtual and blended public schools, traditional schools, and school districts. It sells individual K-8 online courses and supplemental educational products directly to families. K12 Inc. was founded in 2000 and is headquartered in Herndon, Virginia.

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