Laureate Education IPO Gets An ‘F’

Laureate Education IPO Gets An ‘F’
Jan. 31, 2017 2:10 PM ET

Nicholas Durante


Laureate Education is set for an IPO which can raise them over $550 million. The company faces high debt in a tough industry. Suffocating debt combined with signs of declining revenue are reasons to skip this IPO. I wrote an article back in October of 2015 about the Laureate Education (NASDAQ:LAUR) IPO here. While I was bearish on the company when I wrote that article not much has changed. However, since the IPO is only a couple days away I thought I would take the time to reiterate my concerns.

They Are Leveraged

Laureate Education is swimming in nearly $4 billion in long-term debt, which can present a problem operating in the for-profit education industry. On the short-term horizon, they have enough cash to get around but don’t currently have comfortable liquidity. They have a cash ratio of 0.25 but a current ratio of 0.78. This shows that the IPO proceeds are going to be important for Laureate Education. Their cash Continue reading


IPO Preview: Laureate Education Is Not An Educated Buy

IPO Preview: Laureate Education Is Not An Educated Buy
Jan. 31, 2017 9:21 AM ET
Don Dion


LAUR filed an S-1/A with the SEC for its upcoming IPO, intending to sell 29 million shares at a marketed price range of $17 to $20.
LAUR has an additional 4.35 million shares as an over-allotment option for its underwriters.
Despite impressive revenue figures and a strong recent swing to profitability, LAUR’s IPO process has revealed some problems.
LAUR has a debt of more than $4 billion, and its former chief accounting officer filed a whistleblower complaint against the company.
We are hearing the deal is covered with some price sensitivity at the low-end of the range. We recommend that investors pass on this IPO. Continue reading

Laureate Education launches FCPA probe into charitable donation

Laureate Education launches FCPA probe into charitable donation

Jaclyn Jaeger | December 20, 2016

Laureate Education, a for-profit higher education institution, said that it is conducting an internal investigation into possible violations of the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act concerning an $18 million donation that one of its network institutions made in Turkey to a charitable foundation.

“We believed the donation was encouraged by the Turkish government to further a public project supported by the government and expected that it would enhance the position and ongoing operations of our institution in Turkey,” Laureate Education stated in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Continue reading

Laureate IPO still pending amid political flap, industry crackdown

Laureate IPO still pending amid political flap, industry crackdown

Douglas L. Becker, chairman and CEO of Laureate Education, takes part on a panel during the second day of Latin America Clinton Global Initiative in Rio de Janeiro in 2013. MUST CREDIT: Photo by Dado Galdieri, Bloomberg ** Usable by BS, CT, DP, FL, HC, MC, OS, SD, CGT and CCT ** (Dado Galdieri / Bloomberg)

John Fritze and Natalie ShermanContact ReportersThe Baltimore Sun

Arrangement with Bill Clinton put Laureate in middle of presidential election.
When Baltimore-based Laureate Education decided to go public last fall, the for-profit university system had just finished a rapid expansion and was preparing to reap the benefits of its newfound global reach.

A year later, the company still hasn’t listed its stock on the market and has become ensnared in the divisive presidential contest between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.

The company and founder Douglas L. Becker made news this summer when tax returns released by the Clinton campaign showed that Laureate had paid former President Bill Clinton millions of dollars to serve as its honorary chairman while it was acquiring schools around the globe and Hillary Clinton was secretary of state. Continue reading