Laureate Education (NASDAQ: LAUR) and Xueda Education Group (NYSE:XUE) are both consumer discretionary companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, dividends, risk, valuation and profitability.
This is a summary of current recommendations for Laureate Education and Xueda Education Group, as provided by MarketBeat.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
|Xueda Education Group||0||0||0||0||N/A|
Laureate Education currently has a consensus target price of $17.28, suggesting a potential upside of 21.65%. Given Laureate Education’s higher possible upside, equities research analysts clearly believe Laureate Education is more favorable than Xueda Education Group.
This table compares Laureate Education and Xueda Education Group’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
|Xueda Education Group||-4.53%||-15.97%||-4.86%|
Valuation & Earnings
This table compares Laureate Education and Xueda Education Group’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||0.12||$648.36 million||N/A||N/A|
|Xueda Education Group||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
Laureate Education has higher revenue and earnings than Xueda Education Group.
Insider & Institutional Ownership
20.8% of Laureate Education shares are owned by institutional investors. 13.1% of Laureate Education shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.
Laureate Education beats Xueda Education Group on 8 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.
Laureate Education Company Profile
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.
Xueda Education Group Company Profile
Xueda Education Group is a holding company. The Company, through its subsidiaries and consolidated variable interest entity (VIE), is engaged in providing private personalized tutoring services for primary and secondary school students in the People’s Republic of China (PRC). The Company has developed and implemented a results-oriented, student-centric service delivery model. The Company’s personalized service model consists of six components: assessment, consultation, formulation of a customized study plan, personalized tutoring, delivery of student-oriented supporting services and results. The Company’s learning centers are directly operated by it under its Xueda brand. The Company delivers its services to students through a national network, consisting of approximately 467 learning centers, all of which are operated by it, in 85 cities in China.
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