Bridgepoint Education (NYSE: BPI) is one of 19 publicly-traded companies in the “General Education Services” industry, but how does it compare to its peers? We will compare Bridgepoint Education to related businesses based on the strength of its dividends, analyst recommendations, profitability, earnings, institutional ownership, risk and valuation.

Profitability

This table compares Bridgepoint Education and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Bridgepoint Education -1.39% 9.16% 5.13%
Bridgepoint Education Competitors 0.91% 0.51% 2.22%

Risk and Volatility

Bridgepoint Education has a beta of 2.17, indicating that its stock price is 117% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Bridgepoint Education’s peers have a beta of 1.15, indicating that their average stock price is 15% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Bridgepoint Education and its peers top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Bridgepoint Education $510.19 million $33.22 million -149.81
Bridgepoint Education Competitors $686.88 million $110.73 million 4.82

Bridgepoint Education’s peers have higher revenue and earnings than Bridgepoint Education. Bridgepoint Education is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and target prices for Bridgepoint Education and its peers, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Bridgepoint Education 0 1 0 0 2.00
Bridgepoint Education Competitors 94 523 478 10 2.37

Bridgepoint Education presently has a consensus price target of $14.00, indicating a potential upside of 55.73%. As a group, “General Education Services” companies have a potential upside of 1.71%. Given Bridgepoint Education’s higher possible upside, equities analysts clearly believe Bridgepoint Education is more favorable than its peers.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

92.8% of Bridgepoint Education shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 70.7% of shares of all “General Education Services” companies are held by institutional investors. 41.5% of Bridgepoint Education shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 14.0% of shares of all “General Education Services” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

Bridgepoint Education beats its peers on 7 of the 13 factors compared.

Bridgepoint Education Company Profile

Bridgepoint Education, Inc. (Bridgepoint) is a provider of postsecondary education services. The Company’s academic institutions include Ashford University and University of the Rockies. Bridgepoint’s institutions conduct ongoing faculty and student assessment processes, and provide a range of student services. It offers Constellation, its learning platform, Waypoint Outcomes, its assessment software, and its mobile application technology. As of December 31, 2016, its institutions offered over 1,200 courses and over 80 degree programs. Ashford University offers associate’s, bachelor’s and master’s degree programs online. Ashford University comprises four colleges: the Forbes School of Business and Technology, the College of Education, the College of Health, Human Services and Science, and the College of Liberal Arts. University of the Rockies is a graduate institution that offers master’s and doctoral degree programs in the social and behavioral sciences.

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