DeVry Education Group (NYSE: ATGE) and Grand Canyon Education (NASDAQ:LOPE) are both mid-cap consumer discretionary companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, risk, earnings, profitability, dividends, valuation and analyst recommendations.

Risk and Volatility

DeVry Education Group has a beta of 0.88, indicating that its share price is 12% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Grand Canyon Education has a beta of 1.48, indicating that its share price is 48% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for DeVry Education Group and Grand Canyon Education, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
DeVry Education Group 0 2 3 0 2.60
Grand Canyon Education 0 0 4 0 3.00

DeVry Education Group currently has a consensus target price of $34.25, suggesting a potential upside of 0.88%. Grand Canyon Education has a consensus target price of $74.67, suggesting a potential downside of 5.33%. Given DeVry Education Group’s higher possible upside, equities research analysts plainly believe DeVry Education Group is more favorable than Grand Canyon Education.

Dividends

DeVry Education Group pays an annual dividend of $0.18 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.5%. Grand Canyon Education does not pay a dividend. DeVry Education Group pays out 9.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares DeVry Education Group and Grand Canyon Education’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
DeVry Education Group $1.81 billion 1.17 $313.52 million $1.91 17.77
Grand Canyon Education $921.61 million 4.12 $310.30 million $3.62 21.79

DeVry Education Group has higher revenue and earnings than Grand Canyon Education. DeVry Education Group is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Grand Canyon Education, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

96.2% of Grand Canyon Education shares are held by institutional investors. 5.3% of DeVry Education Group shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 3.0% of Grand Canyon Education shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares DeVry Education Group and Grand Canyon Education’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
DeVry Education Group 6.76% 10.93% 7.71%
Grand Canyon Education 18.77% 21.77% 15.47%

Summary

Grand Canyon Education beats DeVry Education Group on 11 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

DeVry Education Group Company Profile

Adtalem Global Education Inc., formerly DeVry Education Group Inc. (DeVry Group) is a global provider of educational services. DeVry Group’s focuses on empowering its students to achieve their educational and career goals. DeVry Group’s institutions offer a range of programs in healthcare, technology, business, accounting, finance and law. The Company operates in three segments: Medical and Healthcare; International and Professional Education, and Business, Technology and Management. Medical and Healthcare includes DeVry Medical International, Chamberlain College of Nursing (Chamberlain) and Carrington College. International and Professional Education consists of DeVry Brasil and Becker Professional Education. Business, Technology and Management consists of DeVry University. As of June 30, 2016, DMI operated three institutions: American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine (AUC), Ross University School of Medicine (RUSM) and Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine.

Grand Canyon Education Company Profile

Grand Canyon Education, Inc. is engaged in the provision of postsecondary education. The Company is a regionally accredited university. The Company offers the degrees, including Doctor of Education, Doctor of Business Administration, Doctor of Nursing Practice, Doctor of Philosophy, Education Specialist, Master of Divinity, Master of Arts, Master of Education, Master of Business Administration and Master of Public Administration, Master of Public Health, Master of Science, Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, and a range of programs for its degrees. It also offers certificate programs, which consist of a series of courses focused on a particular area of study for both the post-baccalaureate and post-graduate students. The Company offers its ground-based programs to students through three 15-week semesters in a calendar year and to online students in courses that generally range from 5 to 16 weeks throughout the calendar year.

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