Bridgepoint Education Earnings Preview: Get Ahead of the Analysts

Bridgepoint Education (NYSE:BPI) will report earnings before markets open on Monday, May 6th. Bridgepoint Education, Inc. is a regionally accredited provider of postsecondary education services. The Company offers associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral programs in the disciplines of business, education, psychology, social sciences, and health sciences.

Here is your Cheat Sheet to Bridgepoint Education Earnings:

Earnings Expectations: Analysts expect earnings of $0.41 per share on revenues of $217.40 million. Currently, the company’s P/E ratio stands at 4.69.

Analyst Trends:

Analysts have a more negative outlook for the company’s next-quarter performance. Over the past three months, the average estimate for next quarter’s earnings has fallen from a profit of $0.57 to a profit $0.43. For the current year, the average estimate is a profit of $1.27, which is worse than the estimate ninety days ago.

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Earnings Trends:

Here’s how Bridgepoint Education has been performing on an annual basis:

Fiscal Year 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
Revenue ($) in millions 218.29 454.32 713.23 933.35 968.17
Diluted EPS ($) 0.16 0.74 2.14 3.02 2.29

Next, our CHEAT SHEET investing framework asks us to drill down to the recent quarterly data:

Quarter Dec. 31, 2011 Mar. 31, 2012 Jun. 30, 2012 Sep. 30, 2012 Dec. 31, 2012
Revenue ($) in millions 221.26 250.44 256.30 252.08 209.36
Diluted EPS ($) 0.4112 0.59 0.84 0.56 0.2885

Past Performance:
Bridgepoint Education has beat analyst estimates 2 times in the past four quarters. This is not consistent enough to get bullish yet.

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