Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, education provider Apollo Group
With that in mind, let's take a closer look at Apollo's business and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.
|Headquarters (Founded)||Phoenix (1973)|
|Market Cap||$5.9 billion|
|Trailing-12-Month Revenue||$4.7 billion|
|Management||Co-CEO Gregory Cappelli
Co-CEO Charles Edelstein
|Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years)||55.2%|
|Cash/Debt||$1.6 billion / $599 million|
Sources: S&P Capital IQ and Motley Fool CAPS.
Just last month, sirtomeko touched on the tailwinds working against the stock: "Expect enrollment to continue to decline, especially with spiraling student loan debt nationwide. No amount of advertising can cover up that ugliness."
Over the next five years, in fact, Apollo is expected to grow its bottom line at a rate of only 3% annually. That's slower than that of rivals like Strayer (9%), DeVry (11%), and Bridgepoint (18%).
CAPS member Jeffrey2012 elaborates on the Apollo bear case:
Fundamentally, this company and along with the industry is going into a decline. There is no way they are going back to the heady days of the boom years with people buying into their terrible for profit degrees. I fail to see how people think this is a good company when student enrollments keep declining by double digits. While they may beat earnings for this quarter or the next, think long term. If new student enrollments keep declining, I fail to see how they are going to properly guide to ever rosier forecasts.
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