November 3, 2011

Strayer Education, Inc. Reports Third Quarter 2011 Revenues and Earnings; and Fall Term 2011 Enrollments

-- Third Quarter Diluted EPS $1.20 --

-- Strayer University to Open Eight New Campuses in 2012 --

-- Share Repurchase Authorization Increased to $100 Million --

HERNDON, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Strayer Education, Inc. (Nasdaq: STRA) today announced financial results for the three months ended September 30, 2011. Financial highlights are as follows:

Three Months Ended September 30

  • Revenues for the three months ended September 30, 2011 decreased 8% to $135.9 million, compared to $147.6 million for the same period in 2010, due to lower enrollment partly offset by a 5% tuition increase which commenced in January 2011.
  • Income from operations was $24.4 million compared to $38.2 million for the same period in 2010, a decrease of 36%. Operating income margin was 18.0% compared to 25.9% for the same period in 2010.
  • Net income was $13.9 million compared to $23.3 million for the same period in 2010, a decrease of 40%. Diluted earnings per share was $1.20 compared to $1.72 for the same period in 2010, a decrease of 30%. Diluted weighted average shares outstanding decreased 14% to 11,647,000 from 13,557,000 for the same period in 2010.

Nine Months Ended September 30

  • Revenues for the nine months ended September 30, 2011 increased 1% to $471.6 million, compared to $464.8 million for the same period in 2010, due to a 5% tuition increase which commenced in January 2011 offset by lower average enrollments.
  • Income from operations was $133.8 million compared to $156.9 million for the same period in 2010, a decrease of 15%. Operating income margin was 28.4% compared to 33.8% for the same period in 2010.
  • Net income was $79.4 million compared to $95.4 million for the same period in 2010, a decrease of 17%. Diluted earnings per share was $6.58 compared to $6.98 for the same period in 2010, a decrease of 6%. Diluted weighted average shares outstanding decreased 12% to 12,055,000 from 13,663,000 for the same period in 2010.

Balance Sheet and Cash Flow

At September 30, 2011, the Company had cash and cash equivalents of $57.1 million. The Company generated $122.7 million from operating activities in the first nine months of 2011 compared to $141.4 million during the same period in 2010. Capital expenditures were $24.9 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2011 compared to $32.1 million for the same period in 2010.

As previously announced, the Company entered into an amended and restated revolving credit and term loan agreement on April 4, 2011. This credit facility, which is secured by the assets of the Company, provides a $100.0 million revolving credit facility and a $100.0 million term loan facility with a maturity date of March 31, 2014. Proceeds from the term loan were used to pay off the $80 million outstanding at March 31, 2011 under the original revolving credit facility. At September 30, 2011, the Company had $100.0 million outstanding under its term loan and $5.0 million outstanding under its revolving credit facility.

During the nine months ended September 30, 2011, the Company invested $182.7 million to repurchase approximately 1,370,000 shares of stock at an average of $133.32 per share, as part of a previously announced stock repurchase authorization. During the nine months ended September 30, 2011, the Company paid regular, quarterly dividends of $37.2 million ($1.00 per share for each quarterly dividend).

For the third quarter 2011, bad debt expense as a percentage of revenues was 3.8% compared to 4.2% for the same period in 2010. Days sales outstanding was 14 days at the end of the third quarter of 2011, compared to 13 days at the end of the third quarter of 2010.

Student Enrollment

Enrollment at Strayer University for the 2011 fall term decreased 11% to 54,233 students compared to 60,711 students for the same term in 2010. Across the Strayer University campus and online system, continuing student enrollments decreased 9%, while new student enrollments decreased 15%. Global online students decreased 15%. Students taking 100% of their classes online (including campus based students) decreased 8%.

     

Student Enrollment

 

Fall

2010

Fall

2011

%

Change

Campus Based Students:
New Campuses (32 in operation 3 years or less)
Classroom Students 2,387 2,704 13 %
Online Students 2,875 3,651 27 %
Total New Campus Based Students 5,262 6,355 21 %
Mature Campuses (60 in operation more than 3 years)
Classroom Students 22,949 19,112 -17 %
Online Students 26,369 23,550 -11 %
Total Mature Campus Based Students 49,318 42,662 -13 %
Total Campus Based Students 54,580 49,017 -10 %
Global Online Students 6,131 5,216 -15 %
Total University Enrollment 60,711 54,233 -11 %
 
Total Students Taking 100% of Courses Online 35,375 32,417 -8 %
 

New Campus Openings

The Company announced today that Strayer University successfully opened three new campuses for the fall academic term. Two campuses are located in Chicago, Illinois, a new market for Strayer University. The third campus is located in Dallas, Texas, its fourth campus in that market.

Board of Directors

The Company announced today that Karl McDonnell, President and Chief Operating Officer, has been elected to its Board of Directors. Robert S. Silberman, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, commented, "Karl has been a key contributor in building Strayer University. His operational experience, strong leadership and sound judgment will be a great addition to Board deliberations."

Academic Leadership

The Company announced today that Dr. Sondra Stallard is retiring as Strayer University President and taking Emeritus status. As President Emerita, in addition to remaining as a member of the Strayer University faculty, Dr. Stallard will also serve as the University's Director of Accreditation and Regulatory Affairs. Additionally, the Company announced today that Dr. Michael Plater, Strayer University's current Provost and Chief Academic Officer, will assume the role of Strayer University President. Prior to joining Strayer University, Dr. Plater served as Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at North Carolina A&T University, and as an Associate Dean for the graduate school at Brown University. Dr. Plater holds a bachelor's degree from Harvard University, a master's degree in business administration from the University of Pennsylvania, and a Ph.D. from the College of William and Mary.

2011 Business Outlook

Based on enrollments announced for the 2011 fall term, the Company estimates fourth quarter 2011 diluted earnings per share will be in the range of $2.24 to $2.26. Based on its fourth quarter 2011 estimates, the Company expects its full year 2011 diluted earnings per share will be in the range of $8.82 to $8.84.

2012 Business Model

The Company announced today that Strayer University is implementing a 3% tuition increase effective January 2012, and that the University intends to open eight new campuses in 2012. Based on this investment plan and assuming 11,700,000 diluted weighted average shares outstanding and an effective tax rate of 39.5%, the Company today provided the following information to illustrate its 2012 business model:

     
Assumed new student enrollment (vs. 2011) -10% 0% 10%
Total student enrollment (vs. 2011) -9% -6% -3%
Revenue (millions) $570 $590 $610
Operating income margin 21% to 22% 23% to 24% 25% to 26%
Diluted earnings per share $6.00 to $6.20 $6.90 to $7.10 $7.80 to $8.00
 

Quarterly Cash Dividends

The Company announced today its intent to maintain its annual dividend of $4.00 per share in 2012 and that the Board of Directors declared a regular, quarterly cash dividend of $1.00 per share to be paid on December 12, 2011 to shareholders of record as of November 28, 2011.

Share Repurchase Plan

The Company announced today that the Company's Board of Directors amended the share repurchase program to authorize the repurchase of up to $100 million in value of the Company's common stock over the next 14 months. The Company had $25.0 million left under its authorization at September 30, 2011 and at the time the new authorization was approved by the Company's Board of Directors. The Company intends to conduct such purchases, if any, in compliance with Rule 10b-18 under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. This share repurchase program may be modified, suspended or terminated at any time by the Company without notice.

Shares and Options Outstanding

At September 30, 2011, the Company had 12,006,075 common shares issued and outstanding, and 100,000 stock options outstanding with an exercise price of $107.28 and a remaining contractual life of 1.4 years.

Conference Call with Management

Strayer Education, Inc. will host a conference call to discuss its third quarter 2011 earnings at 10:00 a.m. (ET) today. To participate on the live call, investors should dial (877) 303-9047 10 minutes prior to the start time. In addition, the call will be available via live Webcast over the Internet. To access the live Webcast of the conference call, please go to www.strayereducation.com 15 minutes prior to the start time of the call to register. An archived replay of the conference call will be available at (855) 859-2056 (conference id 94195606) starting at 1:00 p.m. (ET) today and will be available through Thursday, November 10, and archived at www.strayereducation.com for 90 days.

About Strayer Education, Inc.

Strayer Education, Inc. (Nasdaq: STRA) is an education services holding company that owns Strayer University and certain other assets. Strayer's mission is to make higher education achievable for working adults in today's economy. Strayer University is a proprietary institution of higher learning that offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs in business administration, accounting, information technology, education, health services administration, public administration, and criminal justice to working adult students at 92 campuses in 22 states and Washington, D.C. and worldwide via the Internet. Strayer University is committed to providing an education that prepares working adult students for advancement in their careers and professional lives. Founded in 1892, Strayer University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

For more information on Strayer Education, Inc. visit www.strayereducation.com and for Strayer University visit www.strayer.edu.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains statements that are forward looking and are made pursuant to the "safe-harbor" provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 (the "Reform Act"). Such statements may be identified by the use of words such as "expect," "estimate," "assume," "believe," "anticipate," "will," "forecast," "plan," "project," or similar words. The statements are based on the Company's current expectations and are subject to a number of assumptions, uncertainties and risks. In connection with the safe-harbor provisions of the Reform Act, the Company has identified important factors that could cause the Company's actual results to differ materially from those expressed in or implied by such statements. The assumptions, uncertainties and risks include the pace of growth of student enrollment, our continued compliance with Title IV of the Higher Education Act, and the regulations thereunder, as well as regional accreditation standards and state regulatory requirements, rulemaking by the Department of Education and increased focus by the U. S. Congress on for-profit education institutions, competitive factors, risks associated with the opening of new campuses, risks associated with the offering of new educational programs and adapting to other changes, risks relating to the timing of regulatory approvals, our ability to implement our growth strategy, risks associated with the ability of our students to finance their education in a timely manner, and general economic and market conditions. Further information about these and other relevant risks and uncertainties may be found in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2010 and in its subsequent filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, all of which are incorporated herein by reference and which are available from the Commission. We undertake no obligation to update or revise forward looking statements.

       
STRAYER EDUCATION, INC.
UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME
(Amounts in thousands, except per share data)
 
For the three months For the nine months
ended September 30, ended September 30,
2010 2011 2010 2011
Revenues $ 147,597 $ 135,865 $ 464,781 $ 471,610
Costs and expenses:
Instruction and educational support 65,759 68,170 195,404 219,519
Marketing 23,621 23,351 51,933 55,634
Admissions advisory 6,583 6,533 18,693 20,174
General and administration   13,385   13,406   41,885   42,508
Income from operations 38,249 24,405 156,866 133,775
Investment income 331 5 822 149
Interest expense   --   1,209   --   2,559
Income before income taxes 38,580 23,201 157,688 131,365
Provision for income taxes   15,239   9,266   62,311   51,992
Net income $ 23,341 $ 13,935 $ 95,377 $ 79,373
Earnings per share:
Basic $ 1.73 $ 1.20 $ 7.04 $ 6.61
Diluted $ 1.72 $ 1.20 $ 6.98 $ 6.58
Weighted average shares outstanding:
Basic 13,467 11,623 13,542 12,016
Diluted 13,557 11,647 13,663 12,055
Shares outstanding at end of quarter 13,589 12,006 13,589 12,006
Dividends per share (paid) $ 0.75 $ 1.00 $ 2.25 $ 3.00
 

   
STRAYER EDUCATION, INC.

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