July 25, 2013

Strayer Education, Inc. Reports Second Quarter 2013 Revenues and Earnings; and Summer Term 2013 Enrollments

Second Quarter Diluted EPS $1.42

HERNDON, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--

Strayer Education, Inc. (STRA) today announced financial results for the three months ended June 30, 2013. Financial highlights are as follows:

Three Months Ended June 30

  • Revenues for the three months ended June 30, 2013 decreased 10% to $132.0 million, compared to $146.3 million for the same period in 2012, principally due to lower enrollment.
  • Income from operations was $26.3 million compared to $36.2 million for the same period in 2012, a decrease of 27%. Operating income margin was 19.9% compared to 24.7% for the same period in 2012.
  • Net income was $15.0 million compared to $21.2 million for the same period in 2012, a decrease of 29%. Diluted earnings per share was $1.42 compared to $1.85 for the same period in 2012, a decrease of 23%. Diluted weighted average shares outstanding decreased 8% to 10,535,000 from 11,483,000 for the same period in 2012, primarily as a result of share repurchases.

Six Months Ended June 30

  • Revenues for the six months ended June 30, 2013 decreased 9% to $269.5 million, compared to $295.8 million for the same period in 2012, principally due to lower enrollment and lower revenue per student.
  • Income from operations was $56.2 million compared to $77.0 million for the same period in 2012, a decrease of 27%. Operating income margin was 20.8% compared to 26.0% for the same period in 2012.
  • Net income was $32.2 million compared to $45.2 million for the same period in 2012, a decrease of 29%. Diluted earnings per share was $3.01 compared to $3.94 for the same period in 2012, a decrease of 24%. Diluted weighted average shares outstanding decreased 7% to 10,693,000 from 11,480,000 for the same period in 2012, primarily as a result of share repurchases.

Balance Sheet and Cash Flow

At June 30, 2013, the Company had cash and cash equivalents of $67.5 million. The Company generated $51.6 million from operating activities in the first six months of 2013 compared to $42.7 million during the same period in 2012. Capital expenditures were $5.0 million for the six months ended June 30, 2013 compared to $9.9 million for the same period in 2012.

As previously announced, the Company entered into an amended and restated revolving credit and term loan agreement on November 8, 2012. This credit facility, which is secured by the assets of the Company, provides a $100.0 million revolving credit facility and a $125.0 million term loan facility with a maturity date of December 31, 2016. At June 30, 2013, the Company had $123.4 million outstanding under its term loan and no outstanding balance under its revolving credit facility.

The Company had $70.0 million of share repurchase authorization remaining at June 30, 2013. No shares were repurchased in the second quarter of 2013.

For the second quarter 2013, bad debt expense as a percentage of revenues was 4.3% compared to 4.4% for the same period in 2012. Days sales outstanding was 16 days at the end of the second quarter of 2013, compared to 15 days at the end of the second quarter of 2012.

Student Enrollment

Total enrollments at Strayer University for the 2013 summer term decreased 13% to 38,627 students compared to 44,236 students for the same term in 2012. Across the Strayer University campus and online system, continuing student enrollments decreased 12%, while new student enrollments decreased 17%.

Accreditation

The Company announced today that Strayer University’s business, management and accounting programs achieved accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). In addition, the Company announced today that Strayer University’s Master of Education program achieved accreditation by the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC).

Program Review

As previously announced by the Company, Strayer University underwent a Department of Education Program Review in the third quarter of 2010. The Company announced today that on July 18, 2013 the University received its Final Program Review Determination from the Department, with no material adverse findings and no additional actions required.

Stock-based Compensation Activity

In May 2013, the Company awarded 60,029 shares of restricted stock to certain individuals under the Company’s 2011 Equity Compensation Plan, of which 43,659 shares are performance-based and vest in four years from the date of grant subject to performance criteria being met. The remaining 16,370 shares of restricted stock were awarded to various non-employee members of the Company’s Board of Directors, as part of the Company’s annual director compensation. The Company’s stock price closed at $45.81 on the date of these restricted stock grants.

Common Stock and Common Stock Equivalents

At June 30, 2013, the Company had 10,870,468 common shares issued and outstanding, 200,000 restricted stock units outstanding, and 100,000 unvested stock options outstanding.

Conference Call with Management

Strayer Education, Inc. will host a conference call to discuss its second quarter 2013 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. 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. Following the call, the webcast will be archived and available at www.strayereducation.com.

About Strayer Education, Inc.

Strayer Education, Inc. (STRA) is an education services holding company that owns Strayer University. 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 100 campuses in 24 states and Washington, D.C. and worldwide via the Internet. Strayer University also offers an executive MBA online and corporate training programs through its Jack Welch Management Institute. 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, 2012 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.

Contact:
Strayer Education, Inc.
Mark C. Brown, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
703-247-2514
or
Dan Jackson, Senior Vice President and Treasurer
703-713-1862
daniel.jackson@strayer.edu


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