UPDATE 1-Bridgepoint suspends forecast on accreditation woes
* Q2 EPS $0.84 beats Street view of $0.74
* Student sign-ups increase 1 pct
* Revenue up 7 pct but misses analyst estimates
Aug 7 (Reuters) - Bridgepoint Education Inc reported a better-than-expected quarterly profit as student sign-ups rose but the company suspended its full-year forecast, citing issues with its accreditation status.
"The company has elected to suspend, until further notice, its practice of providing full-year financial and operating guidance due to reduced visibility arising from recent regulatory developments," Bridgepoint said.
The for-profit education company's Ashford University was last month denied accreditation to the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), prompting another agency - the Higher Learning Commission - to review its accreditation to the for-profit college.
The WASC had said Ashford University spends more money on recruiting students than on teaching them.
The company's second-quarter net income fell to $47.5 million, or 84 cents per share, from $52.1 million, or 90 cents per share, a year earlier.
Revenue rose 7 percent to $256.3 million.
Analysts on average had expected earnings of 74 cents per share on revenue of $260.6 million, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.
New student enrollments at Bridgepoint rose 1 percent during the quarter.
Bridgepoint's shares, which have fallen nearly 60 percent since the WASC denied accreditation, closed at $10.01 on Monday on the New York Stock Exchange.
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