ITT Educational Services (NYSE: ESI) and China Online Education Group (NYSE:COE) are both consumer discretionary companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, profitability, analyst recommendations, valuation, risk, dividends and institutional ownership.


This table compares ITT Educational Services and China Online Education Group’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
ITT Educational Services 2.44% 10.57% 2.86%
China Online Education Group -117.94% -2,476.17% -78.28%

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares ITT Educational Services and China Online Education Group’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
ITT Educational Services N/A N/A N/A $0.86 0.42
China Online Education Group $75.77 million 4.31 -$80.07 million ($6.39) -2.55

ITT Educational Services has higher revenue, but lower earnings than China Online Education Group. China Online Education Group is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than ITT Educational Services, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Risk & Volatility

ITT Educational Services has a beta of 1.96, meaning that its share price is 96% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, China Online Education Group has a beta of -1.54, meaning that its share price is 254% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and recommmendations for ITT Educational Services and China Online Education Group, as reported by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
ITT Educational Services 2 0 0 0 1.00
China Online Education Group 0 0 0 0 N/A

Institutional & Insider Ownership

62.7% of ITT Educational Services shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 24.1% of China Online Education Group shares are owned by institutional investors. 3.8% of ITT Educational Services shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.


ITT Educational Services beats China Online Education Group on 7 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

ITT Educational Services Company Profile

ITT Educational Services, Inc. is a provider of postsecondary degree programs in the United States. The Company offers master, bachelor and associate degree programs to over 45,000 students, and short-term information technology and business learning solutions for career advancers and other professionals. It has approximately 138 campus locations in over 40 states. It offers online programs to students in all over 50 states. It designs its education programs, after consultation with employers and other constituents, to allow graduates prepare for careers in different fields involving their areas of study. It provides career-oriented education programs under the ITT Technical Institute name and the Daniel Webster College (DWC) name. The ITT Technical Institutes offers over 50 education programs in various fields of study across business, drafting and design, electronics technology, criminal justice, information technology (IT), and Breckinridge School of nursing and health sciences.

China Online Education Group Company Profile

China Online Education Group is engaged in providing online English language education services to students in the People’s Republic of China (the PRC). The Company operates an online education platform that provides online tutoring programs to students through the Internet. Its platform analyzes teachers’ teaching aptitudes, feedback and rating from students, as well as background, and recommends suitable teachers to students according to their respective characteristics and learning objectives. The Company develops and tailors its curriculum to its interactive lesson format. The Company offers various courses, which include Classic English and Classic English Junior that are focused on the development of English communication skills. The Company also offers various specialty courses that are focused at situation-based English education and test preparation needs, such as Business English and International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Speaking.

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