Capella Education (NASDAQ: CPLA) and Four Seasons Edu (Cayman) (NYSE:FEDU) are both small-cap non-cyclical consumer goods & services companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, earnings, dividends, profitability, risk and valuation.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

92.8% of Capella Education shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 48.5% of Four Seasons Edu (Cayman) shares are held by institutional investors. 3.6% of Capella Education shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and target prices for Capella Education and Four Seasons Edu (Cayman), as reported by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Capella Education 0 1 3 0 2.75
Four Seasons Edu (Cayman) 0 0 0 0 N/A

Capella Education currently has a consensus price target of $90.33, indicating a potential upside of 1.96%. Given Capella Education’s higher possible upside, equities research analysts plainly believe Capella Education is more favorable than Four Seasons Edu (Cayman).


Capella Education pays an annual dividend of $1.72 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.9%. Four Seasons Edu (Cayman) pays an annual dividend of $0.40 per share and has a dividend yield of 5.4%. Capella Education pays out 80.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Capella Education and Four Seasons Edu (Cayman)’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Capella Education $440.41 million 2.34 $23.50 million $2.13 41.60
Four Seasons Edu (Cayman) N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

Capella Education has higher revenue and earnings than Four Seasons Edu (Cayman).


This table compares Capella Education and Four Seasons Edu (Cayman)’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Capella Education 5.34% 18.53% 14.32%
Four Seasons Edu (Cayman) N/A N/A N/A


Capella Education beats Four Seasons Edu (Cayman) on 8 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Capella Education

Capella Education Company is an education services company. The Company provides direct path between learning and employment through its online postsecondary education offerings and through programs to develop job-ready skills for demand markets. The company’s segments include post-secondary segment and job-ready skills segment. The post-secondary segment has Capella University (the University) and Sophia Learning, LLC (Sophia). The job-ready skills segment has Capella Learning Solutions, LLC (CLS), Hackbright Academy, Inc. (Hackbright) and DevMountain, LLC (DevMountain). The Company’s program offers six markets, which include public service leadership; nursing and health sciences; social and behavioral sciences; business and technology; education and undergraduate studies. Capella University offers over 1,940 online courses and approximately 50 academic programs with approximately 150 specializations to approximately 38,000 learners.

About Four Seasons Edu (Cayman)

Four Seasons Education (Cayman) Inc. is engaged in providing after-school math education service for elementary school students in Shanghai. The Company’s courses are divided into elementary school programs and middle school and kindergarten programs. Elementary school programs account for a majority of its students. The Company offers three elementary school programs: standard programs, Ivy programs and special programs. Standard programs, which offer courses through five standard programs for students of different aptitude levels for each elementary school grade level. Ivy programs offer personalized classes addressing students’ specific needs such as individualized competition preparation and topic review. Students and parents can tailor standard program course parameters such as difficulty of content, pace and class size. Special programs include short-term, intensive competition workshops, courses delivered to K-12 schools and classes on specific math topics.

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