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 Strayer Education, Inc. Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year Revenues and Earnings; Winter Term 2017 Enrollments
   Thursday, February 16, 2017 6:30:00 AM ET

Strayer Education, Inc. (STRA ) today announced financial results for the three months and year ended December 31, 2016. Financial highlights are as follows:

Three Months Ended December 31

-- Revenues increased 5% to $119.3 million, compared to $113.7 million for the same period in 2015, principally due to higher enrollment, partially offset by lower revenue per student.

-- Income from operations was $19.7 million, compared to $21.7 million for the same period in 2015, a decrease of 9%. Excluding nonrecurring noncash adjustments, income from operations was $18.4 million for the three months ended December 31, 2016. Operating margin was 16.5% for the fourth quarter, or 15.4% excluding the noncash adjustments, compared to 19.1% for the same period in 2015.

-- Net income was $11.7 million compared to $13.0 million for the same period in 2015, a decrease of 10%. Excluding noncash adjustments, net income was $10.5 million for the three months ended December 31, 2016.

-- Diluted earnings per share was $1.07, compared to $1.21 for the same period in 2015, a decrease of 12%. Excluding noncash adjustments, earnings per share was $0.95 for the three months ended December 31, 2016. Diluted weighted average shares outstanding increased to 10,971,000 from 10,782,000 for the same period in 2015.

Year Ended December 31

-- Revenues increased 2% to $441.1 million, compared to $434.4 million for the same period in 2015, principally due to higher average enrollment, partially offset by lower revenue per student.

-- Income from operations was $57.5 million compared to $69.7 million for the same period in 2015, a decrease of 18%. Excluding nonrecurring noncash adjustments, income from operations was $54.3 million in 2016 and $69.3 million in 2015. Operating income margin was 13.0% for the year ended December 31, 2016, compared to 16.0% as reported in 2015, or 12.3% for 2016 compared to 15.9% for 2015, excluding the noncash adjustments.

-- Net income was $34.8 million compared to $40.0 million for the prior year, a decrease of 13%. Excluding nonrecurring noncash adjustments, net income for the year ended December 31, 2016 was $32.3 million, compared to $39.8 million for the same period in 2015.

-- Diluted earnings per share was $3.21 compared to $3.73 for the year ended December 31, 2015, a decrease of 14%. Excluding nonrecurring noncash adjustments, diluted earnings per share was $2.98 compared to $3.70 for the same period in 2015. Diluted weighted average shares outstanding increased to 10,845,000 from 10,740,000 for the same period in 2015.

Balance Sheet and Cash Flow

At December 31, 2016, the Company had cash and cash equivalents of $129.2 million and no debt. The Company generated $44.5 million in cash from operating activities in 2016, compared to $77.5 million during the same period in 2015. Capital expenditures in 2016 were $13.2 million, compared to $12.7 million for the same period in 2015.

The Company had $70.0 million of share repurchase authorization remaining at December 31, 2016. No shares were repurchased in the fourth quarter of 2016.

For the fourth quarter of 2016, bad debt expense as a percentage of revenues was 4.6%, compared to 3.3% for the same period in 2015.

Student Enrollment

Total enrollments at Strayer University for the winter term 2017 increased to 43,387 students, from 40,872 students for the winter term 2016. New student enrollments increased by 8%, and continuing student enrollments increased by 6%.

Brian Jones Appointed to NACIQI

In December 2016, Strayer University President Brian Jones was appointed by the Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, Paul Ryan, to the National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity (NACIQI). NACIQI is a public body, composed of 18 appointed members, authorized by the U.S. Congress to advise and make recommendations to the Secretary of Education regarding matters of accreditation and the Secretary’s authority to recognize accrediting bodies, and matters regarding institutional eligibility for federal financial aid.

Common Stock and Common Stock Equivalents

At December 31, 2016, the Company had 11,093,489 common shares issued and outstanding, including 477,100 shares of restricted stock. The Company also had 250,000 restricted stock units outstanding, and 100,000 vested stock options outstanding.

Common Stock Cash Dividend

The Company announced today that its Board of Directors had declared a regular, quarterly cash dividend of $0.25 per share of common stock. This dividend will be paid on March 20, 2017 to shareholders of record as of March 6, 2017.

Conference Call with Management

Strayer Education, Inc. will host a conference call to discuss its fourth quarter 2016 earnings results at 10:00 a.m. (ET) today. To participate on the live call, investors should dial (877) 303-9047 ten minutes prior to the start time. In addition, the call will be available via live webcast. To access the live webcast of the conference call, please go to www.strayereducation.com 15 minutes prior to the start time of the call to register. Following the call, the webcast will be archived and available at www.strayereducation.com.

2017 Annual Meeting of Stockholders

The Company announced today that its 2017 Annual Meeting of Stockholders will take place on Tuesday, May 2, 2017 at the Company’s office located at 2303 Dulles Station Blvd., Herndon, Virginia 20171. The record date for this annual meeting will be March 3, 2017.

About Strayer Education, Inc.

Strayer Education, Inc. (STRA ) is an education services holding company that owns Strayer University and the New York Code and Design Academy. For more information on Strayer Education, Inc. visit www.strayereducation.com.

About Strayer University

Founded in 1892, Strayer University is a proprietary institution of higher learning that offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs in business administration, accounting, information technology, education, health services administration, nursing, public administration, and criminal justice, to working adult students. The University includes Strayer@Work, which serves corporate clients by delivering the next generation of performance improvement and workforce development. Strayer University also offers a Top 25 Princeton Review-ranked online executive MBA program and corporate training program through its Jack Welch Management Institute. Strayer University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104 (267-284-5000). The Middle States Commission on Higher Education is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

For more information on Strayer University visit www.strayer.edu.

About New York Code and Design Academy

New York Code and Design Academy (NYCDA) is a New York City-based provider of non-degree web and mobile app development courses. NYCDA courses are delivered primarily on-ground to students seeking to further their career in software application development. NYCDA does not participate in Title IV programs.

For more information on NYCDA visit www.nycda.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains statements that are forward-looking and are made pursuant to the "safe-harbor" provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 (the "Reform Act"). Such statements may be identified by the use of words such as "expect," "estimate," "assume," "believe," "anticipate," "will," "forecast," "plan," "project," or similar words. The statements are based on the Company’s current expectations and are subject to a number of assumptions, uncertainties and risks. In connection with the safe-harbor provisions of the Reform Act, the Company has identified important factors that could cause the Company’s actual results to differ materially from those expressed in or implied by such statements. The assumptions, uncertainties and risks include the pace of growth of student enrollment, the Company’s continued compliance with Title IV of the Higher Education Act, and the regulations thereunder, as well as regional accreditation standards and state regulatory requirements, rulemaking by the Department of Education and increased focus by the U.S. Congress on for-profit education institutions, competitive factors, risks associated with the opening of new campuses, risks associated with the offering of new educational programs and adapting to other changes, risks relating to the timing of regulatory approvals, the Company’s ability to implement its growth strategy, risks associated with the ability of the University’s students to finance their education in a timely manner, and general economic and market conditions. Further information about these and other relevant risks and uncertainties may be found in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2015 and in its subsequent filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, all of which are incorporated herein by reference and which are available from the Commission. The Company undertakes no obligation to update or revise forward-looking statements.

 
                                                                                                                  STRAYER EDUCATION, INC.
                                                                                                   UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME
                                                                                                       (Amounts in thousands, except per share data)
                                                                                                                        
                                                                                     For the three months ended                                                                                     For the year ended
                                                                                            December 31,                                                                                               December 31,
                                                           --------------------------------------------------------------------------                          ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                                       2015                           2016                                              2015                                  2016
                                                           -----------------------------                     -----------------------------                     -----------------------------                     ------------------------------------------
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
Revenues                                                                      $ 113,660                                         $ 119,279                                         $ 434,437                                         $              441,088
                                                           -------------------- -------                      -------------------- -------                      -------------------- -------                      -------------------- --------------------
Costs and expenses:
  Instruction and educational support                                            59,874                                            64,851                                           234,097                                                        241,026
  Marketing                                                                      17,140                                            17,591                                            70,084                                                         79,025
  Admissions advisory                                                             4,160                                             4,661                                            16,304                                                         17,832
  General and administration                                  10,830                         12,522                         44,254                                      45,733
                                                           -------------------- -------                      -------------------- -------                      -------------------- -------                      -------------------- --------------------
Total costs and expenses                                      92,004                         99,625                        364,739                                     383,616
                                                           -------------------- -------                      -------------------- -------                      -------------------- -------                      -------------------- --------------------
  Income from operations                                                         21,656                                            19,654                                            69,698                                                         57,472
Investment income                                                                    61                                               135                                               283                                                            462
Interest expense                                                 161                            161                          3,850                                         642
                                                           -------------------- -------                      -------------------- -------                      -------------------- -------                      -------------------- --------------------
  Income before income taxes                                                     21,556                                            19,628                                            66,131                                                         57,292
Provision for income taxes                                     8,515                          7,910                         26,108                                      22,490
                                                           -------------------- -------                      -------------------- -------                      -------------------- -------                      -------------------- --------------------
  Net income                                                                  $  13,041                                         $  11,718                                         $  40,023                                         $               34,802
                                                           ==================== =======                      ==================== =======                      ==================== =======                      ==================== ====================
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
Earnings per share:
  Basic                                                                       $    1.23                                         $    1.10                                         $    3.78                                         $                 3.28
  Diluted                                                                     $    1.21                                         $    1.07                                         $    3.73                                         $                 3.21
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
Weighted average shares outstanding:
  Basic                                                                          10,593                                            10,616                                            10,588                                                         10,610
  Diluted                                                                        10,782                                            10,971                                            10,740                                                         10,845
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 
                                                                             STRAYER EDUCATION, INC.
                                                                 UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
                                                             (Amounts in thousands, except share and per share data)
                                                                
                                                                                                                            December 31,
                                                                                    ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                                                                2015                                  2016
                                                                                    -----------------------------                     ------------------------------------------
                            ASSETS
Current assets:
  Cash and cash equivalents                                                                            $ 106,889                                         $              129,245
  Tuition receivable, net                                                                                 18,519                                                         20,532
  Other current assets                                                                  6,944                                      10,766
                                                                                    -------------------- -------                      -------------------- --------------------
    Total current assets                                                                                 132,352                                                        160,543
Property and equipment, net                                                                               77,139                                                         73,124
Deferred income taxes                                                                                     26,449                                                         31,096
Goodwill                                                                                                   6,800                                                         20,744
Other assets                                                                            5,694                                      13,189
                                                                                    -------------------- -------                      -------------------- --------------------
    Total assets                                                                                       $ 248,434                                         $              298,696
                                                                                    ==================== =======                      ==================== ====================
                                                                                                                                       
              LIABILITIES & STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY
Current liabilities:
  Accounts payable and accrued expenses                                                                $  42,253                                         $               41,132
  Income taxes payable                                                                                     2,684                                                          1,883
  Deferred revenue                                                                                        12,373                                                         16,691
  Other current liabilities                                                               281                                         133
                                                                                    -------------------- -------                      -------------------- --------------------
    Total current liabilities                                                                             57,591                                                         59,839
Other long-term liabilities                                                            47,987                                      50,483
                                                                                    -------------------- -------                      -------------------- --------------------
    Total liabilities                                                                 105,578                                     110,322
                                                                                    -------------------- -------                      -------------------- --------------------
Commitments and contingencies
Stockholders’ equity:
                                                                                                             110                                                            111
  Common stock, par value $0.01, 20,000,000 shares authorized;
  11,027,177 and 11,093,489 shares issued and outstanding at
  December 31, 2015 and 2016, respectively
  Additional paid-in capital                                                                              24,738                                                         35,453
  Retained earnings                                                                   118,008                                     152,810
                                                                                    -------------------- -------                      -------------------- --------------------
    Total stockholders’ equity                                                        142,856                                     188,374
                                                                                    -------------------- -------                      -------------------- --------------------
    Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity                                                         $ 248,434                                         $              298,696
                                                                                    ==================== =======                      ==================== ====================
                                                                                                                                                            
 
                                                                                                    STRAYER EDUCATION, INC.
                                                                                   UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
                                                                                                    (Amounts in thousands)
                                                                    
                                                                                                                                                  For the year ended
                                                                                                                                                     December 31,
                                                                                        ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                                                                                  2015                                                       2016
                                                                                        ---------------------------------------------------------                     ---------------------------------------------------------
Cash flows from operating activities:
Net income                                                                                                 $         40,023                                                              $         34,802
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by
operating activities:
  Amortization of gain on sale of assets                                                                               (280 )                                                                        (281 )
  Amortization of deferred rent                                                                                        (345 )                                                                      (1,441 )
  Amortization of deferred financing costs                                                                            1,229                                                                           262
  Depreciation and amortization                                                                                      18,104                                                                        17,817
  Deferred income taxes                                                                                              (4,006 )                                                                      (8,697 )
  Stock-based compensation                                                                                           10,213                                                                        10,767
  Changes in assets and liabilities:
    Tuition receivable, net                                                                                          (1,991 )                                                                      (1,453 )
    Other current assets                                                                                              4,005                                                                        (3,949 )
    Other assets                                                                                                         22                                                                        (1,865 )
    Accounts payable and accrued expenses                                                                              (752 )                                                                        (262 )
    Income taxes payable                                                                                              1,835                                                                          (408 )
    Deferred revenue                                                                                                 12,465                                                                         7,018
    Other long-term liabilities                                                                   (2,974 )                                                   (7,800 )
                                                                                        -------------------- -------------- --------------------                      -------------------- -------------- --------------------
         Net cash provided by operating activities                                                77,548                                  44,510  
                                                                                        -------------------- -------------- --------------------                      -------------------- -------------- --------------------
                                                                                                                                                                       
Cash flows from investing activities:
  Purchases of property and equipment                                                                               (12,692 )                                                                     (13,161 )
  Cash used in acquisition, net of cash acquired                                          --                                  (7,635 )
                                                                                        -------------------- -------------- --------------------                      -------------------- -------------- --------------------
         Net cash used in investing activities                                                   (12,692 )                                                  (20,796 )
                                                                                        -------------------- -------------- --------------------                      -------------------- -------------- --------------------
                                                                                                                                                                       
Cash flows from financing activities:
  Payments on term loan                                                                                            (118,750 )                                                              --
  Payments of contingent consideration                                                                                 (650 )                                                                      (1,358 )
  Payment of deferred financing costs                                                               (850 )                                           --  
                                                                                        -------------------- -------------- --------------------                      -------------------- -------------- --------------------
         Net cash used in financing activities                                                  (120,250 )                                                   (1,358 )
                                                                                        -------------------- -------------- --------------------                      -------------------- -------------- --------------------
         Net (decrease) increase in cash and cash equivalents                                                       (55,394 )                                                                      22,356
Cash and cash equivalents - beginning of period                                                  162,283                                 106,889  
                                                                                        -------------------- -------------- --------------------                      -------------------- -------------- --------------------
Cash and cash equivalents - end of period                                                                  $        106,889                                           $        129,245  
                                                                                        ==================== ============== ====================                      ==================== ============== ====================
                                                                                                                                                                       
Non-cash transactions:
  Purchases of property and equipment included in accounts payable                                         $            365                                                              $            349
                                                                                                                                                                                                           

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SOURCE: Strayer Education, Inc.

Strayer Education, Inc. 
Daniel Jackson 
Executive Vice President and 
Chief Financial Officer 
703-713-1862 
daniel.jackson@strayer.edu


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