Laureate Education (NASDAQ: LAUR) and Universal Technical Institute (NYSE:UTI) are both consumer discretionary companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their risk, valuation, dividends, analyst recommendations, profitability, institutional ownership and earnings.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for Laureate Education and Universal Technical Institute, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Laureate Education 0 3 10 0 2.77
Universal Technical Institute 0 0 0 0 N/A

Laureate Education presently has a consensus price target of $17.28, indicating a potential upside of 14.94%. Given Laureate Education’s higher possible upside, research analysts clearly believe Laureate Education is more favorable than Universal Technical Institute.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

20.8% of Laureate Education shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 58.8% of Universal Technical Institute shares are owned by institutional investors. 13.1% of Laureate Education shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 13.3% of Universal Technical Institute shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Laureate Education and Universal Technical Institute’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Laureate Education $4.24 billion 0.13 $648.36 million N/A N/A
Universal Technical Institute $329.85 million 0.25 $14.20 million ($0.87) -3.83

Laureate Education has higher revenue and earnings than Universal Technical Institute.

Profitability

This table compares Laureate Education and Universal Technical Institute’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Laureate Education N/A N/A N/A
Universal Technical Institute -4.87% -6.42% -3.06%

Summary

Laureate Education beats Universal Technical Institute on 7 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

Laureate Education Company Profile

Laureate Education, Inc. operates a network of degree-granting higher education institution. The Company operates in four segments: Latin America (LatAm); Europe; Asia, Middle East and Africa (AMEA), and Global Products and Services (GPS). The Company’s network includes approximately 70 institutions in over 25 countries on over 200 campuses, which the Company collectively refer to as the Laureate International Universities network. The Laureate International Universities network enables the Company to educate its students locally, while connecting them to an international community with a global perspective. The Company’s educational institutions offer a diverse range of academic programs, at the undergraduate and graduate level, including Business and Management; Medical and Health Sciences; Engineering and Information Technology; Architecture, Art and Design; Education; Law and Legal Studies; Communications, and Hospitality Management.

Universal Technical Institute Company Profile

Universal Technical Institute, Inc. is a provider of postsecondary education for students seeking careers as professional automotive, diesel, collision repair, motorcycle and marine technicians as measured by total average undergraduate full-time enrollment and graduates. The Company offers undergraduate degree or diploma programs at approximately 12 campuses across the United States under the banner of various brands, including Universal Technical Institute (UTI), Motorcycle Mechanics Institute and Marine Mechanics Institute (collectively, MMI) and NASCAR Technical Institute (NASCAR Tech). The Company also offers manufacturer specific advanced training (MSAT) programs, including student-paid electives, at its campuses and manufacturer or dealer sponsored training at certain campuses and dedicated training centers. UTI offers automotive, diesel and industrial, and collision repair and refinishing programs.

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