American Public Education Earnings Preview: Can This Streak Continue?

American Public Education (NASDAQ:APEI) will report earnings after markets close on Thursday, May 9th. American Public Education Inc. provides online postsecondary education directed at the needs of the military and public service communities. The Company offers a wide range of degree programs and certificate programs including national security, military studies, intelligence, homeland security, criminal justice, technology, business administration and liberal arts.

Here is your Cheat Sheet to American Public Education Earnings:

Earnings Expectations: Analysts expect earnings of $0.58 per share on revenues of $84.34 million. Currently, the company’s P/E ratio stands at 13.65.

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 $0.61 to a profit $0.59. For the current year, the average estimate is a profit of $2.59, which is worse than the estimate ninety days ago.

Earnings Trends:

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

Fiscal Year 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
Revenue ($) in millions 107.15 149.00 198.17 260.38 313.52
Diluted EPS ($) 0.86 1.27 1.59 2.23 2.35

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 ($) in millions 75.67 75.82 74.57 77.12 86.00
Diluted EPS ($) 0.7128 0.50 0.51 0.60 0.7380

Past Performance:
American Public Education has beat analyst estimates 4 times in the past four quarters. Shareholders could expect a boost if the company beats estimates.

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(Company fundamentals provided by Xignite Financials. Email any earnings discrepancies to earnings [at] wallstcheatsheet.com)