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ITT Educational Services, Inc. Reports 2006 First Quarter Results, New Student Enrollment Increased 14.7 Percent

Apr 27, 2006

ITT Educational Services, Inc. (NYSE: ESI), a leading for-profit provider of postsecondary degree programs, today reported that new student enrollment in the first quarter of 2006 increased 14.7 percent to 11,264 compared to 9,824 in the same period of 2005. Total student enrollment increased 5.6 percent to 43,868 as of March 31, 2006, compared to 41,557 as of March 31, 2005. The enrollment numbers and percentages referenced above in this paragraph exclude international enrollments.

Earnings per share ("EPS") in the first quarter of 2006 increased 40.6 percent to $0.45 compared to $0.32 in the first quarter of 2005. Before the effect of the stock-based compensation expense, EPS in the first quarter of 2006 would have been $0.47, a 46.9 percent increase, compared to $0.32 in the same period of 2005. The reconciliation to the company's condensed consolidated statements of income for the financial measure in this paragraph that is not under generally accepted accounting principles is provided in the table below and on the company's website at .

The company provided the following information for the three months ended March 31, 2006 and 2005:

 Financial and Operating Data For The Three Months Ended March 31, Unless
                           Otherwise Indicated
      (Dollars in thousands, except per share and per student data)

                                    2006            2005         Increase/

  Revenue                         $176,315        $160,153        10.1%
  Operating Income                 $30,229         $23,126        30.7%
  Operating Margin                    17.1%           14.4%        270 bp
  Net Income                       $20,474         $15,028        36.2%
  Earnings Per Share (diluted)       $0.45           $0.32        40.6%
  Stock-Based Compensation
    Expense Per Share (diluted),
    Net of Tax                       $0.03             N/A          --
  Earnings Per Share (diluted)
    Before Stock-Based Compensation
    Expense, Net of Tax (A)          $0.47           $0.32        46.9%
  New Student Enrollment (B)        11,264           9,824        14.7%
  Continuing Students (B)           32,604          31,733         2.7%
  Total Student Enrollment
    as of March 31 (B)              43,868          41,557         5.6%
  Online Course Registrations ©   36,073          25,425        41.9%
  Quarterly Persistence
    (Retention) Rate (D)              75.8%           77.6%       (180) bp
  Revenue Per Student (B)           $4,102          $3,918         4.7%
  Cash, Cash Equivalents,
    Restricted Cash and
    Investments as of March 31    $287,572        $351,320       (18.1)%
  Bad Debt Expense as a
    Percentage of Revenue              1.4%            1.8%        (40) bp
  Days Sales Outstanding as
    of March 31                        5.0             7.2        (2.2) days
  Deferred Revenue as of
    March 31                      $179,326        $150,663        19.0%
  Debt                                  $0              $0          --
  Diluted Shares of Common
    Stock Outstanding           45,798,000      47,079,000          --
  Shares of Common Stock
    Repurchased                  2,225,700 (E)           0          --
  Land and Building Purchases       $4,949 (F)      $9,584 (G)   (48.4)%
  Number of New Colleges Opened          3               0          --
  Number of New Learning Sites Opened    2               2          --
  Capital Expenditures, Net         $3,613          $3,146        14.8%

(A) In evaluating the company's performance, the company's management uses this measurement that is not under generally accepted accounting principles ("GAAP") and is, therefore, a non-GAAP financial measure. Although the non-GAAP financial measure excludes a non-cash cost to the company, management compensates for this by also using the GAAP measure. The non-GAAP financial measure should be considered in addition to, but not as a substitute for, the measure prepared in accordance with GAAP. Effective January 1, 2006, the company adopted Statement of Financial Accounting Standards No. 123R, "Share-Based Payment," which prescribes the accounting for equity instruments (including stock options and restricted stock) exchanged for services. Stock- based compensation is measured at the grant date, based on the calculated fair value of the grant, and is recognized as an expense over the service period applicable to the grantee. The service period is the period of time that the grantee must provide services to the company before the stock-based compensation is fully vested. Prior to 2006, in accordance with existing accounting guidance, the company did not recognize any compensation expense in its financial statements for most of the stock-based compensation granted. The company believes that Earnings Per Share (diluted) Before Stock-Based Compensation Expense, Net of Tax provides useful information to investors, because it provides investors with a meaningful year-over-year comparison of the company's financial performance. After the company's 2006 fiscal year, investors will be able to make like comparisons of the company's Earnings Per Share (diluted) to the same prior year period's Earnings Per Share (diluted) without having to exclude stock-based compensation expense, because the stock- based compensation expense will be included in the calculation of the company's Earnings Per Share (diluted) in both periods. Earnings Per Share (diluted) Before Stock-Based Compensation Expense, Net of Tax, is useful to the company's management in its analysis of the company's financial condition and results of operations. The company's management uses Earnings Per Share (diluted) Before Stock-Based Compensation Expense, Net of Tax to facilitate comparison of its performance across reporting periods and to evaluate its (i) financial performance against internal budgets, (ii) success in achieving incentive compensation goals and (iii) core operating results. Earnings Per Share (diluted) Before Stock-Based Compensation Expense, Net of Tax can be reconciled to Earnings Per Share (diluted) as shown in the two lines of the table immediately preceding this entry. Individually, Earnings Per Share (diluted) and Stock-Based Compensation Expense Per Share (diluted), Net of Tax for the three months ended March 31, 2006, calculate to be $0.45 and $0.03, respectively. Due to rounding, Earnings Per Share (diluted) Before Stock- Based Compensation Expense, Net of Tax, calculates to be $0.47.

(B) Excludes international enrollments.

© Excludes any online courses that the company's international enrollments may have been registered to take.

(D) Represents the number of Continuing Students in the quarter, divided by the Total Student Enrollment as of the end of the immediately preceding quarter.

(E) For approximately $140.1 million or at an average price of $62.96 per share.

(F) Represents construction costs associated with renovating and building the facilities of 11 of the company's colleges.

(G) Represents the purchase of the facilities of one of the company's colleges and construction costs associated with building the facilities of four of the company's colleges.

Rene R. Champagne, Chairman and CEO of ITT/ESI, said, "We are very pleased with our performance in the first quarter of 2006. The implementation of our growth initiatives has positioned us well to enhance shareholder value over the long term. Our outlook for the balance of 2006 remains positive."

Kevin M. Modany, President and Chief Operating Officer of ITT/ESI, said, "Our marketing and recruiting efforts, coupled with our geographic and programmatic expansion, helped us produce a strong increase in new student enrollment. In the three months ended March 31, 2006, compared to the same period in 2005, new student enrollment increased 14.7 percent while our advertising expenditures increased only 13.9 percent."

Modany continued, "During the quarter, we began operations at our 82nd college in Clovis (Fresno), CA, our 83rd college in Lexington, KY and our 84th college in Oklahoma City, OK. In addition, we began operations at our 5th learning site in Culver City (Los Angeles), CA and our 6th learning site in Vista (San Diego), CA. These new locations, together with our other geographic expansion activities during the quarter, will help us achieve our internal goal of opening five to six new colleges and five to six new learning sites in fiscal 2006."

Modany said, "Our efforts to diversify our curriculum offerings continue. Fourteen percent of our student body was enrolled in non-technology programs as of March 31, 2006 compared to 7 percent at the same point in the prior year. Expanding our bachelor degree offerings remains one of our key growth initiatives. Approximately 27 percent of our students were enrolled in bachelor degree programs as of March 31, 2006 compared to approximately 21 percent at the same point in 2005. We also continue to focus on developing new programs of study. During the second half of 2006, we plan to begin offering several new non-technology and technology-related programs that will be taught both in residence and online."

Daniel M. Fitzpatrick, Senior Vice President and CFO of ITT/ESI, said, "As of January 1, 2006, we began expensing our stock-based compensation in accordance with new accounting requirements, which reduced first quarter EPS by $0.03. We estimate that our stock-based compensation expense for all of 2006 will reduce our full year fiscal 2006 EPS by approximately $0.05. In addition, the costs associated with the hurricane-related closure and re-start of our St. Rose (New Orleans), LA college in 2005 reduced first quarter EPS by $0.01. We estimate that our full year fiscal 2006 EPS will be negatively impacted by approximately $0.04 as our college in St. Rose rebuilds its student enrollment over the next several quarters."

Fitzpatrick noted, "In the three months ended March 31, 2006, we repurchased 2.2 million shares of our common stock at an average purchase price of $62.96 per share or $140.1 million in total. We intend to continue repurchasing our shares throughout the remainder of 2006."

The company announced that on April 25, 2006, its Board of Directors authorized the repurchase of up to an additional 5,000,000 shares of its outstanding common stock beyond the company's remaining repurchase authorization of 1,062,000 shares. The shares may be repurchased, from time to time depending on market conditions and other considerations, in the open market or through privately negotiated transactions in accordance with Rule 10b-18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended.

Fitzpatrick said, "Bad debt expense as a percentage of revenue declined to 1.4 percent in the three months ended March 31, 2006 compared to 1.8 percent in the same period during 2005. Days sales outstanding as of March 31, 2006 were 5.0 days, a 2.2 day decrease compared to 7.2 days at the same point in 2005."

Fitzpatrick closed by noting, "The fundamentals of the company remain strong, and our internal goal for 2006 EPS remains in the range of $2.66 to $2.69."

Except for the historical information contained herein, the matters discussed in this press release are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act. Forward-looking statements are made based upon the current expectations and beliefs of the company's management concerning future developments and their potential effect on the company. The company cannot assure you that future developments affecting the company will be those anticipated by its management. These forward-looking statements involve a number of risks and uncertainties. Among the factors that could cause actual results to differ materially are the following: business conditions and growth in the postsecondary education industry and in the general economy; changes in federal and state governmental regulations with respect to education and accreditation standards, or the interpretation or enforcement thereof, including, but not limited to, the level of government funding for, and the company's eligibility to participate in, student financial aid programs utilized by the company's students; the company's failure to comply with the extensive education laws and regulations and accreditation standards that it is subject to; effects of any change in ownership of the company resulting in a change in control of the company, including, but not limited to, the consequences of such changes on the accreditation and federal and state regulation of its institutes; the company's ability to implement its growth strategies; the company's failure to maintain or renew required regulatory authorizations or accreditation of its institutes; receptivity of students and employers to the company's existing program offerings and new curricula; loss of access by the company's students to lenders for student loans; the company's ability to successfully defend litigation and other claims brought against it; and other risks and uncertainties detailed from time to time in the company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The company undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking information, whether as a result of new information, future developments or otherwise.

                      ITT EDUCATIONAL SERVICES, INC.
                (Amounts in thousands, except share data)

                                                        As of
                                          March 31,  December 31, March 31,
                                            2006        2005        2005
                                        (unaudited)             (unaudited)
  Current assets
       Cash and cash equivalents            $6,672     $13,735     $25,575
       Short-term investments              270,879     388,152     320,563
       Accounts receivable, net              9,775      13,989      12,785
       Deferred and prepaid income tax       4,015       7,030       8,128
       Prepaids and other current
        assets                              30,264      14,102      14,898
            Total current assets           321,605     437,008     381,949

  Property and equipment, net              131,070     127,406     107,180
  Direct marketing costs, net               18,392      17,490      15,609
  Investments                                9,521       9,538       5,182
  Restricted cash                              500         500          --
  Other assets                                 578         549         981
       Total assets                       $481,666    $592,491    $510,901

  Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity
  Current liabilities
       Accounts payable                    $42,185     $56,101     $36,748
       Accrued compensation and
        benefits                             9,010      10,344      10,837
       Accrued taxes                        10,023       3,998      10,539
       Other accrued liabilities             5,818       5,242      20,034
       Deferred revenue                    179,326     175,454     150,663
            Total current liabilities      246,362     251,139     228,821

  Deferred income tax                       14,432      15,364      10,778
  Minimum pension liability                  9,899       9,899       9,101
  Other liabilities                          7,737       7,495       7,069
       Total liabilities                   278,430     283,897     255,769

  Shareholders' equity
       Preferred stock, $.01 par value,
        5,000,000 shares authorized,
        none issued or outstanding              --          --          --
      Common stock, $.01 par value,
       300,000,000 shares authorized,
       54,068,904 issued
       and outstanding                         540         540         540
      Capital surplus                       65,473      68,715      61,872
      Retained earnings                    410,153     389,679     308,172
      Accumulated other comprehensive
       loss                                 (6,016)     (6,016)     (5,532)
      Treasury stock, 10,322,431,
       8,377,780 and 7,903,325 shares,
       at cost                            (266,914)   (144,324)   (109,920)
          Total shareholders' equity       203,236     308,594     255,132
          Total liabilities and
           shareholders' equity           $481,666    $592,491    $510,901

                      ITT EDUCATIONAL SERVICES, INC.
 (Amounts in thousands, except earnings per share and supplemental data)

                                                        Three Months
                                                       Ended March 31,
                                                   2006              2005

  Revenue                                       $176,315          $160,153

  Costs and expenses
  Cost of educational services                    90,404            80,121
  Student services and administrative
   expenses                                       56,112            49,194
  Special legal and other investigation
   costs                                            (430)            7,712
       Total costs and expenses                  146,086           137,027

  Operating income                                30,229            23,126

  Interest income, net                             2,507             1,714

  Income before income taxes                      32,736            24,840

  Income taxes                                    12,262             9,812

  Net income                                     $20,474           $15,028

  Earnings per share:
       Basic                                       $0.46             $0.33
       Diluted                                     $0.45             $0.32

  Supplemental Data:
  Cost of educational services                      51.3%             50.0%
  Student services and administrative
   expenses                                         31.8%             30.8%
  Special legal and other investigation
   costs                                            (0.2%)             4.8%
  Operating margin                                  17.1%             14.4%
  Student enrollment at end of period             43,868            41,557
  Technical institutes at end of period               84                77
  Shares for earnings per share
       Basic                                  44,823,000        46,086,000
       Diluted                                45,798,000        47,079,000

  Effective tax rate                                37.5%             39.5%

                      ITT EDUCATIONAL SERVICES, INC.
                          (Amounts in thousands)

                                                        Three Months
                                                       Ended March 31,
                                                   2006              2005
  Cash flows from operating activities:
      Net income                                 $20,474           $15,028
      Adjustments to reconcile net
       income to net cash from operating
             Depreciation and
              amortization                         4,898             4,296
             Provision for doubtful
              accounts                             2,549             2,871
             Deferred income taxes                  (764)           (3,604)
             Excess tax benefit from
              stock option exercises              (3,164)            2,005
             Stock-based compensation
              expense                              1,921                --
             Changes in operating
              assets and liabilities:
                 Restricted cash                      --             8,194
                 Accounts receivable               1,665            (5,226)
                 Prepaids and other
                  assets                         (16,191)           (9,482)
                 Direct marketing
                  costs, net                        (902)             (896)
                 Accounts payable and
                  accrued liabilities            (14,432)            8,864
                 Income and other taxes           12,036            (3,198)
                 Deferred revenue                  3,872            (6,129)
  Net cash flows from operating
   activities                                     11,962            12,723

  Cash flows from investing activities:
       Facility expenditures and land
        purchases                                 (4,949)           (9,584)
       Capital expenditures, net                  (3,613)           (3,146)
       Proceeds from sales and
        maturities of investments                372,535           193,747
       Purchase of investments                  (255,245)         (180,559)
  Net cash flows from investing
   activities                                    108,728               458

  Cash flows from financing activities:
       Excess tax benefit from stock
        option exercises                           3,164                --
       Proceeds from stock option
        exercises                                  9,218             3,005
       Purchase of treasury stock               (140,135)               --
  Net cash flows from financing
   activities                                   (127,753)            3,005

  Net change in cash and cash
   equivalents                                    (7,063)           16,186

  Cash and cash equivalents at
   beginning of period                            13,735             9,389

  Cash and cash equivalents at end of
   period                                         $6,672           $25,575

SOURCE: ITT Educational Services, Inc.

CONTACT: Nancy Brown, Director Corporate Relations of ITT Educational
Services, Inc., +1-317-706-9260

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