While the Philippine education sector has been shaken since the drift of K to 12 program, education and school stocks have remained promising to many local and foreign stock investors. As it happens, a few school stocks comprising the Philippine Stock Market remain at robust market prices.
For-profit schools and universities have become even more aggressive in taking advantage of the two-year Senior High School program, thereby securing permits from the Education Department to offer the program in almost all tracks and strands and profiting from increased enrollment as driven by SHS Voucher Program.
As can be a common argument, recent proliferation of for-profit schools has resulted in rather poor student performance and quality drawbacks. However, the young industry cannot be completely dismissed as the establishment of public school systems remains far beyond meeting demands. As this industry matures, education and school stocks hold the potential to become more profitable for many local and foreign investors in the long run.
Honestly, I have recently been buying shares of school stocks. In this article, I’ll provide a list of and miscellaneous information about education and school stocks publicly traded in the Philippine Stock Market.
Well, if you’re already a stock investor, perhaps you could also check the fundamentals and technicals and make informed decisions on rebalancing or diversifying your stock investment portfolio.
Education and School Stocks in the Philippine Stock Exchange
Centro Escolar University (PSE: CEU) is a higher learning institution in the Philippines established in 1907 (incorporated on March 31, 1932) that offers comprehensive training through flagship courses such as Dentistry, Medical Technology, Nursing, Education, Nutrition, Pharmacy, and other sciences across its campuses in Mendiola (Manila), Malolos (Bulacan) and Makati.
Subsidiaries include Centro Escolar University Hospital, Inc. (CEUHI) and Centro Escolar Integrated School (Source: SEC Form 17-A -2016).
Far Eastern University, Incorporated (PSE: FEU) is a private non-sectarian educational institution founded in 1928 that offers a wide array of higher education programs including Arts and Sciences, Business and Finance, Architecture and Fine Arts and Education.
Corporate affiliates and subsidiaries include FEU Institute of Technology, FEU Diliman, FEU Cavite, and FEU High School, Inc., and Roosevelt College, Inc. (Source: SEC Form 17-A-2016).
iPeople, Incorporated (PSE: IPO) serves a holding company within the Yuchengco Group of Companies with a portfolio involved in education and technology sector. Its operating subsidiaries include Malayan Colleges, Inc. (MCI), Malayan Colleges (Laguna), Malayan High School of Science, and Pan Pacific Computer Center, Inc. (Source: SEC Form 17-A-2016).
STI Education Systems Holdings, Inc. (PSE: STI) is a holding company within the Tanco Group that derives investment in its education business through STI Education Services Group, Inc. (STI ESG) with a total of 76 schools nationwide, and STI West Negros University.
Other subsidiaries include Information and Communications Technology Academy, Inc., Attenborough Holdings Corporation, and Neschester Corporation (Source: SEC Form 17-A-2016).
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In the end, all investments involve risk and the past performance of these education and school stocks does not guarantee future results or returns. Hence, stock investors must be responsible for all investment decisions made. As advised, invest only the money that you can afford to lose.