Head to Head Survey: American Public Education (APEI) vs. Scientific Learning (SCIL)

Scientific Learning (OTCMKTS:SCIL) and American Public Education (NASDAQ:APEI) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, valuation, analyst recommendations, risk, profitability, institutional ownership and earnings.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent recommendations and price targets for Scientific Learning and American Public Education, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Scientific Learning 0 0 0 0 N/A
American Public Education 0 2 2 0 2.50

American Public Education has a consensus price target of $41.33, indicating a potential upside of 28.84%. Given American Public Education’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe American Public Education is more favorable than Scientific Learning.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

93.8% of American Public Education shares are held by institutional investors. 16.1% of Scientific Learning shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 3.2% of American Public 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.

Risk and Volatility

Scientific Learning has a beta of -1.04, meaning that its share price is 204% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, American Public Education has a beta of 0.48, meaning that its share price is 52% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Scientific Learning and American Public Education’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Scientific Learning $16.40 million 0.62 $230,000.00 N/A N/A
American Public Education $299.25 million 1.76 $21.12 million $1.29 24.87

American Public Education has higher revenue and earnings than Scientific Learning.

Profitability

This table compares Scientific Learning and American Public Education’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Scientific Learning -5.05% -2.42% -9.33%
American Public Education 8.35% 8.77% 7.52%

Summary

American Public Education beats Scientific Learning on 10 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

Scientific Learning Company Profile

Scientific Learning Corporation, an education company, develops, distributes, and licenses technology that accelerates learning by enhancing the processing efficiency of the brain. Its flagship Fast ForWord, a Web-based product, comprises Fast ForWord Language for elementary learners and Fast ForWord Literacy for adolescent learners that build foundational reading and language skills to help districts move below grade level learners to learn in the general classroom, and Fast ForWord Reading, which builds learning capacity through developing cognitive skills using exercises focusing on phonemic awareness, phonics and decoding, spelling, vocabulary, fluency, and comprehension. The company also provides Reading Assistant that offers a one-on-one reading tutor for learners; ResultsNow!, an online hosting and support solution for its Fast ForWord and Reading Assistant products; and BrainPro services targeted at learners who are below grade level. In addition, it offers on-site product training, technical installation, implementation management, consulting, and Web-based synchronous and asynchronous professional development services; and software technical update releases, as well as extensive telephone, email, and chat support services. The company offers learning solutions primarily to educational institutions, speech and language clinics, learning centers, and parents. Scientific Learning Corporation was founded in 1995 and is headquartered in Oakland, California.

American Public Education Company Profile

American Public Education, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides online and campus-based postsecondary education. The company operates through two segments, American Public Education and Hondros College of Nursing. It offers 108 degree programs and 109 certificate programs in various fields of study, including business administration, health science, technology, criminal justice, education, and liberal arts, as well as national security, military studies, intelligence, and homeland security. The company also provides diploma in practical nursing and an associate degree in nursing; and an online registered nurse to Bachelor of Science in nursing completion program. American Public Education, Inc. was founded in 1991 and is headquartered in Charles Town, West Virginia.

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