Comparing Grand Canyon Education (LOPE) & Laureate Education (LAUR)

Grand Canyon Education (NASDAQ: LOPE) and Laureate Education (NASDAQ:LAUR) are both consumer discretionary companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, valuation, earnings, profitability, institutional ownership, risk and dividends.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

96.6% of Grand Canyon Education shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 20.8% of Laureate Education shares are owned by institutional investors. 3.0% of Grand Canyon Education shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 13.1% of Laureate Education shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Grand Canyon Education and Laureate Education’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Grand Canyon Education $921.61 million 4.53 $310.30 million $3.62 24.38
Laureate Education $4.24 billion 0.12 $648.36 million N/A N/A

Laureate Education has higher revenue and earnings than Grand Canyon Education.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent recommendations and price targets for Grand Canyon Education and Laureate Education, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Grand Canyon Education 0 0 3 0 3.00
Laureate Education 0 3 10 0 2.77

Grand Canyon Education presently has a consensus target price of $82.33, suggesting a potential downside of 6.72%. Laureate Education has a consensus target price of $17.28, suggesting a potential upside of 21.65%. Given Laureate Education’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Laureate Education is more favorable than Grand Canyon Education.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Grand Canyon Education 18.77% 21.77% 15.47%
Laureate Education N/A N/A N/A

About Grand Canyon Education

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.

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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