Laureate Education (NASDAQ: LAUR) is one of 19 public companies in the “General Education Services” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its rivals? We will compare Laureate Education to similar companies based on the strength of its earnings, dividends, analyst recommendations, profitability, institutional ownership, risk and valuation.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

23.9% of Laureate Education shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 72.3% of shares of all “General Education Services” companies are owned by institutional investors. 13.1% of Laureate Education shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 14.2% of shares of all “General Education Services” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares Laureate Education and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Laureate Education -1.47% -2.66% -0.45%
Laureate Education Competitors 0.50% -0.62% 1.77%

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Laureate Education and its rivals revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue NetIncome Price/Earnings Ratio
Laureate Education $4.24 billion $371.84 million -7.51
Laureate Education Competitors $897.39 million $60.39 million 18.91

Laureate Education has higher revenue and earnings than its rivals. Laureate Education is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its rivals, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and price targets for Laureate Education and its rivals, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Laureate Education 0 3 10 0 2.77
Laureate Education Competitors 65 454 472 4 2.42

Laureate Education currently has a consensus target price of $16.82, suggesting a potential upside of 47.39%. As a group, “General Education Services” companies have a potential upside of 8.38%. Given Laureate Education’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, research analysts plainly believe Laureate Education is more favorable than its rivals.

Summary

Laureate Education rivals beat Laureate Education on 6 of the 11 factors compared.

About Laureate Education

Laureate Education, Inc. provides higher education programs and services to students through an international network of licensed universities and higher education institutions (institutions). The Company’s programs are provided through institutions that are campus-based and Internet-based, or through electronically distributed educational programs (online). It offers its educational services through six segments: Brazil; Mexico; Andean and Iberian; Central America and United States (U.S.) Campuses; Online and Partnerships; and Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific (EMEAA). Its institutions also offer an education that emphasizes professional-oriented fields of study with undergraduate and graduate degrees in a wide range of disciplines. As of June 30, 2017, the Company’s global network of 69 institutions comprised 57 institutions it owned or controlled, and an additional 12 institutions that it managed or with which it had other relationships.

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