Atlanta, GA – Scibility Media – 10/23/2014.
This article discusses three companies in the education industry: Sibling Group Holdings, Inc. (OTCQQB: SIBE), Strayer Education, Inc. (NASDAQ: STRA) and Career Education Corp. (NASDAQ: CECO)
Investors can get so distracted by the in-the-news sector that they completely fail to capitalize on the industries that are really making good, but quiet progress.
Education is one of those industries and by all accounts there is no other sector that is “more progressive” at the moment. Technology has changed everything, and not just the invention of the calculator and computer but the entire digital superhighway. Presently there’s a great push on by the education industry to mature and become the anchor or “meeting point” for practical functionality and the digital universe.
A recent research report from Coleman Parkes, which was commissioned by Ricoh Europe, cites the big changes in the industry. Companies are now transitioning from a basic digital setup and making progressive moves towards digital maturity.
It’s a transition that means as much for revenues as it does for dividends and smart investors do their portfolios well by keeping watch for those bright companies in the space. The findings reveal that more education leaders see digital maturity as a key priority (80 per cent) than representatives from other sectors2.
These industry leaders are also “confident that they can reach digital maturity within the next two years, with 34 per cent believing they will accomplish the move by 2016 and 71 per cent expecting to have achieved the goal by 2019.”
From an investing perspective it means that the companies that provide value and growth potential should be important criteria for selection.
Companies like Sibling Group Holdings, Inc. (OTCQQB: SIBE) provide a window into the space. A premier education company working in the K-12 sector, SIBE has raised its profile in recent months.
The company recently partnered with a LoudCloud top bring education and learning to the cloud. This move now means that Sibling Group Holdings, Inc. (OTCQQB: SIBE) and its Blended Schools Network (BSN) will now anchor the LoudCloud learning management system (LMS). On a pract8ical level it means that SIBE’s BSN content library is now expanded to 212 courses from 192.
Other companies are showing their stuff too. Strayer Education, Inc. (NASDAQ: STRA) which provides post-secondary education services has seen its fortunes change in recent months. The company credits improved enrollment numbers for its improved Q2 2014 fiscal numbers. The company’s shares are up 75% this year and by all accounts there are some quarters on Wall Street that are betting big on for-profit education.
Career Education Corp. (NASDAQ: CECO) recently released its Q2 2014 numbers and cited several areas where the company improved. The company’s culinary arts department saw a 3.9% improvement in enrollment. The company also reported that the Higher Learning Commission acted to continue its regional accreditation of American InterContinental University (“AIU”).
Higher education is definitely in the march to a more digitally mature future. The big question is whether investors wise up to the industry’s growth potential and capitalize?
Companies like Sibling Group Holdings, Inc. (OTCQQB: SIBE), Strayer Education, Inc. (NASDAQ: STRA) and Career Education Corp. (NASDAQ: CECO) are definitely worth keeping an eye on.
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