* To suspend quarterly dividend in 2013
* Expects fourth-quarter earnings $1.43-$1.45 per share vs
* To raise tuition by 3 pct from January
Nov 9 For-profit education company Strayer
Education Inc forecast fourth-quarter profit well below
analysts' expectations, and said it would not pay a regular
quarterly dividend in 2013.
For-profit colleges have seen enrollments fall after they
tightened admission policies to meet stricter regulations aimed
at reducing student debt. The high unemployment rate has also
The company's was spending about $12 million per quarter on
dividend payouts, about three times its net profit for the last
Strayer, which caters mainly to working adults, said the
Strayer University, its main source of revenue, will increase
tuition by 3 percent effective January 2013.
Strayer also pegged its fourth-quarter earnings at $1.43 to
$1.45 per share, well below analysts' average estimate of $1.59
Bad debt expense as a percentage of revenue rose to 4.2
percent in the third quarter from 3.8 percent a year earlier.
New student sign-ups rose 4 percent in the fall term, while
total enrollments were down 5 percent at 51,727 students.
Net income fell to $4.1 million, or 36 cents per share, from
$13.9 million, or $1.20 per share, a year earlier.
Revenue fell 9 percent to $124.3 million.
Analysts had expected Strayer to earn 32 cents per share on
revenue of $123.5 million, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.
The company's shares, which have nearly halved in value this
year, closed at $56.17 on the Nasdaq on Thursday.