Grand Canyon Education (NASDAQ:LOPE) and New Oriental Education & Tech Grp (NYSE:EDU) are both consumer discretionary companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, profitability, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, earnings, risk and valuation.
Volatility and Risk
Grand Canyon Education has a beta of 0.96, indicating that its share price is 4% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, New Oriental Education & Tech Grp has a beta of 1.52, indicating that its share price is 52% more volatile than the S&P 500.
Earnings and Valuation
This table compares Grand Canyon Education and New Oriental Education & Tech Grp’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.
New Oriental Education & Tech Grp has higher revenue and earnings than Grand Canyon Education. Grand Canyon Education is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than New Oriental Education & Tech Grp, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.
This table compares Grand Canyon Education and New Oriental Education & Tech Grp’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
This is a breakdown of recent ratings and recommmendations for Grand Canyon Education and New Oriental Education & Tech Grp, as provided by MarketBeat.
Grand Canyon Education currently has a consensus target price of $131.00, suggesting a potential upside of 38.24%. New Oriental Education & Tech Grp has a consensus target price of $77.33, suggesting a potential upside of 0.33%. Given Grand Canyon Education’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Grand Canyon Education is more favorable than New Oriental Education & Tech Grp.
Institutional & Insider Ownership
94.3% of Grand Canyon Education shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 88.3% of New Oriental Education & Tech Grp shares are held by institutional investors. 2.4% of Grand Canyon Education shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 15.5% of New Oriental Education & Tech Grp shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.
About Grand Canyon Education
Grand Canyon Education, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides education services in the United States and Canada. The company operates Grand Canyon University that offers approximately 225 graduate and undergraduate degree programs and certificates across 9 colleges online and on ground through campus in Phoenix, Arizona; leased facilities; and facilities owned by third party employers. As of December 31, 2017, it had approximately 90,300 students enrolled in its programs. The company was founded in 1949 and is based in Phoenix, Arizona.
About New Oriental Education & Tech Grp
New Oriental Education & Technology Group Inc. provides private educational services under the New Oriental brand in the People’s Republic of China. It operates through Language Training and Test Preparation Courses, and Others segments. The company offers test preparation courses to students taking language and entrance exams used by educational institutions in the United States, the People’s Republic of China, and the Commonwealth countries; and after-school tutoring courses for middle and high school students to achieve better scores on entrance exams for admission into high schools or higher education institutions, as well as for children to teach English. It also provides language training courses, including English, as well as other foreign languages, such as German, Japanese, French, Korean, Italian, and Spanish; operates a full-time private primary and secondary school in Yangzhou seeking a full curriculum taught in Chinese and English; develops and edits educational materials for language training and test preparation comprising books, software, CD-ROMs, magazines, and other periodicals; and offers online education programs that include college, K-12, and pre-school education. In addition, the company offers overseas studies consulting; pre-school education; and a pilot program that permits third parties in small cities to provide its English and kindergarten programs, as well as overseas study tour services. As of May 31, 2018, it offered educational programs, services, and products to students through a network of 87 schools, 994 learning centers, and 18 bookstores. The company was founded in 1993 and is headquartered in Beijing, the People’s Republic of China.
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