IDP Education (ASX:IEL) is a provider of international student placement and English language testing services. It also owns English language schools in South East Asia and organises educational events and conferences. IDP’s strong result for the six months to December 2016 saw a spike in its share price, and confirmed our faith in this high quality business.
IDP Education listed on the ASX under the stock code IEL in the latter part of last year. Education Australia, which comprises 38 Australian Universities owns 50 per cent of IDP, and has agreed to escrow this shareholding until the release of the FY 2016 results in August.
Morgan Stanley expects the the company to deliver a strong first half, with earnings certainty underpinned by strong student visa data. IDP continues to be the broker’s preference, notwithstanding it is trading on a higher multiple because of a faster growth trajectory versus Navitas ((NVT)).