RYB Education Inc – (NYSE:RYB) Receives Consensus Recommendation of “Hold” from Analysts

Shares of RYB Education Inc – (NYSE:RYB) have been given an average broker rating score of 3.35 (Hold) from the two brokers that cover the stock, Zacks Investment Research reports. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating and one has issued a hold rating on the company. RYB Education’s rating score has declined by 11.7% in the last 90 days as a result of a number of analysts’ upgrades and downgrades.

Brokerages have set a 1-year consensus price objective of $6.75 for the company, according to Zacks. Zacks has also given RYB Education an industry rank of 19 out of 256 based on the ratings given to related companies.

A number of analysts have weighed in on RYB shares. Morgan Stanley downgraded RYB Education from an “equal weight” rating to an “underweight” rating and set a $7.00 price target for the company. in a report on Friday, May 24th. Zacks Investment Research upgraded RYB Education from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $9.00 price target for the company in a report on Tuesday, March 19th. Jefferies Financial Group downgraded RYB Education from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating and decreased their price target for the stock from $11.25 to $7.15 in a report on Thursday, March 28th. Finally, Credit Suisse Group downgraded RYB Education from a “neutral” rating to an “underperform” rating and set a $7.69 price target for the company. in a report on Friday, March 22nd.

NYSE:RYB traded up $0.11 during trading hours on Friday, hitting $6.72. 7,700 shares of the company were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 110,957. The firm has a market cap of $186.31 million, a P/E ratio of -111.83 and a beta of 1.77. The company has a quick ratio of 0.88, a current ratio of 0.93 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.62. RYB Education has a one year low of $5.60 and a one year high of $23.08.

RYB Education (NYSE:RYB) last announced its earnings results on Wednesday, March 20th. The company reported $0.02 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of ($0.03) by $0.05. The business had revenue of $45.00 million during the quarter. RYB Education had a negative return on equity of 1.28% and a negative net margin of 0.88%. As a group, equities research analysts expect that RYB Education will post 0.09 EPS for the current year.

Institutional investors have recently modified their holdings of the business. BlackRock Inc. acquired a new stake in shares of RYB Education in the 4th quarter valued at about $111,000. Two Sigma Advisers LP acquired a new stake in shares of RYB Education in the 4th quarter valued at about $152,000. Deutsche Bank AG acquired a new stake in shares of RYB Education in the 4th quarter valued at about $240,000. Two Sigma Investments LP acquired a new stake in shares of RYB Education in the 4th quarter valued at about $647,000. Finally, D. E. Shaw & Co. Inc. grew its stake in shares of RYB Education by 161.5% in the 4th quarter. D. E. Shaw & Co. Inc. now owns 304,546 shares of the company’s stock valued at $1,779,000 after buying an additional 188,072 shares during the period. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 9.75% of the company’s stock.

About RYB Education

RYB Education, Inc provides early childhood education service in the People's Republic of China. The company offers kindergarten services to 2-6-year-old children; and play-and-learn centers services for the joint participation of 0-6-year-old children and their families to promote children's development and prepare them for their entry into kindergartens and primary schools.

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