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How to buy Strategic Education stock | $93.25

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Strategic Education, Inc is an education & training services business based in the US. Strategic Education shares (STRA) are listed on the NASDAQ and all prices are listed in US Dollars. Strategic Education employs 3,076 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD$1 billion.

How to buy shares in Strategic Education

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  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 Strategic Education. Find the stock by name or ticker symbol: STRA. 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 Strategic Education 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$93.25, 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 Strategic Education, depending on your broker.
  6. Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of Strategic Education. 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.

Strategic Education share price

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Strategic Education shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-01-19.
Latest market closeUSD$93.25
52-week rangeUSD$81.2928 - USD$185.6425
50-day moving average USD$93.9542
200-day moving average USD$105.2539
Wall St. target priceUSD$121.8
PE ratio 19.1107
Dividend yield USD$2.4 (2.62%)
Earnings per share (TTM) USD$4.869

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Is it a good time to buy Strategic Education stock?

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Strategic Education price performance over time

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Is Strategic Education under- or over-valued?

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

Strategic Education's P/E ratio

Strategic Education's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 19x. In other words, Strategic Education shares trade at around 19x recent earnings.

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

Strategic Education's PEG ratio

Strategic Education's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 0.968. 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 Strategic Education's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

Strategic Education's EBITDA

Strategic Education's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is USD$263 million.

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

Strategic Education financials

Revenue TTM USD$1 billion
Operating margin TTM 16.12%
Gross profit TTM USD$466.5 million
Return on assets TTM 5.39%
Return on equity TTM 6.91%
Profit margin 10.63%
Book value $70.504
Market capitalisation USD$2.3 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting Strategic Education shares

There are currently 677,498 Strategic Education shares held short by investors – that's known as Strategic Education's "short interest". This figure is 3.9% down from 704,749 last month.

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

Strategic Education's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

Strategic Education's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of Strategic Education shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of Strategic Education shares traded daily (recently around 202238.20895522). Strategic Education's SIR currently stands at 3.35. In other words for every 100,000 Strategic Education shares traded daily on the market, roughly 3350 shares are currently held short.

However Strategic Education's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of Strategic Education shares, or, against the total number of tradable Strategic Education shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case Strategic Education's short interest could be expressed as 0.03% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 Strategic Education shares in existence, roughly 30 shares are currently held short) or 0.0379% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Strategic Education shares, roughly 38 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 Strategic Education.

Find out more about how you can short Strategic Education stock.

Strategic Education share dividends


Dividend payout ratio: 32.09% of net profits

Recently Strategic Education has paid out, on average, around 32.09% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 2.62% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Strategic Education shareholders could enjoy a 2.62% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Strategic Education's case, that would currently equate to about $2.4 per share.

While Strategic Education's payout ratio might seem fairly standard, it's worth remembering that Strategic Education may be investing much of the rest of its net profits in future growth.

Strategic Education's most recent dividend payout was on 7 December 2020. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 27 November 2020 (the "ex-dividend date").

Have Strategic Education's shares ever split?

Strategic Education's shares were split on a 3:2 basis on 19 November 1997. So if you had owned 2 shares the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 3 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your Strategic Education shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 33.3% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for Strategic Education shares which in turn could have impacted Strategic Education's share price.

Strategic Education share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Strategic Education's shares have ranged in value from as little as $81.2928 up to $185.6425. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

STRA.US volatility(beta: 0.56)Avg. volatility(beta: 1.00)LowHigh

Beta is a measure of a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (NASDAQ average) beta is 1, while Strategic Education's is 0.5636. This would suggest that Strategic Education's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).

Strategic Education overview

Strategic Education, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides a range of post-secondary education and non-degree programs in the United States. The company operates through three segments: Strayer University, Capella University, and Non-Degree Programs. It operates Strayer University that provides undergraduate and graduate degree programs in business administration, accounting, information technology, education, health services administration, public administration, and criminal justice for working adult students through its 77 physical campuses located in the eastern United States, as well as through online; and an executive MBA online through its Jack Welch Management Institute. The company also operates Capella University, an online post-secondary education company, which offers various bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degree programs in public service leadership, nursing and health sciences, psychology, business and technology, counseling and human services, and education primarily for working adults. In addition, it is involved in the operation of a software development school that provides Web Development, iOS development, and UX design programs in person at classrooms in Lehi, Utah, Dallas, Texas; and Phoenix, Arizona, as well as through online. Further, the company operates a software engineering school for women, which offers software development programs in person through classrooms in the San Francisco Bay area; and provides non-degree Web and application software development courses, as well as self-paced online learning courses. It offers its non-degree programs primarily for workers and their employers. Strategic Education, Inc. was founded in 1892 and is headquartered in Herndon, Virginia.

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