Comparing National American University Holdngs (NAUH) and Laureate Education (LAUR)

National American University Holdngs (NASDAQ:NAUH) and Laureate Education (NASDAQ:LAUR) are both consumer discretionary companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, risk, valuation, profitability, dividends, analyst recommendations and institutional ownership.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

13.2% of National American University Holdngs shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 35.7% of Laureate Education shares are owned by institutional investors. 56.6% of National American University Holdngs shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 4.6% of Laureate Education shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares National American University Holdngs and Laureate Education’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
National American University Holdngs $77.18 million 0.08 -$12.16 million N/A N/A
Laureate Education $4.38 billion 0.78 $91.46 million ($1.20) -12.70

Laureate Education has higher revenue and earnings than National American University Holdngs.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for National American University Holdngs and Laureate Education, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
National American University Holdngs 0 0 0 0 N/A
Laureate Education 0 1 6 0 2.86

Laureate Education has a consensus price target of $18.50, suggesting a potential upside of 21.39%. Given Laureate Education’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Laureate Education is more favorable than National American University Holdngs.

Profitability

This table compares National American University Holdngs and Laureate Education’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
National American University Holdngs -18.08% -74.20% -27.35%
Laureate Education 11.83% 14.99% 3.87%

Risk & Volatility

National American University Holdngs has a beta of 0.98, suggesting that its stock price is 2% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Laureate Education has a beta of 0.45, suggesting that its stock price is 55% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Laureate Education beats National American University Holdngs on 9 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

National American University Holdngs Company Profile

National American University Holdings, Inc. owns and operates National American University (NAU) that provides professional and technical postsecondary education primarily for working adults and other non-traditional students in the United States. It operates in two segments, NAU and Other. The company offers diploma, associate, baccalaureate, master's, and doctoral degree programs in business-related disciplines, such as accounting, management, business administration, and information technology; healthcare-related disciplines, including occupational therapy, medical assisting, nursing, surgical technology, and healthcare information and management; legal-related disciplines comprising paralegal, criminal justice, and professional legal studies; and higher education. It also provides courseware development, technical support, and online class hosting services to various colleges, technical schools, and training institutions in the United States and Canada. As of July 31, 2018, the company operated through 33 educational sites in Colorado, Indiana, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, South Dakota, and Texas; and distance learning service centers and administration offices in Rapid City, South Dakota, as well as through the Internet. In addition, it engages in the real estate business, which rents apartment units; and develops and sells condominium units in the Fairway Hills Planned Residential Development area of Rapid City, South Dakota. The company was founded in 1941 and is headquartered in Rapid City, South Dakota.

Laureate Education Company Profile

Laureate Education, Inc. engages in the provision of higher educational services to undergraduate and graduate degree programs, through the Laureate International Universities network, offers different fields of study including business, education, engineering, information technology, law, and medicine. The firm also provides higher education in fields of study such as Business & Management; Medicine & Health Sciences; Engineering & Information Technology; Architecture, Art & Design; Law & Legal Studies; Education, and Communications. It operates through the following geographical segments: Latin America (LatAm), Europe, Asia, Middle East and Africa (AMEA), and Global Products and Services (GPS). The LatAm segment includes Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Honduras, Mexico, Panama, and Peru. The Europe segment consists of Cyprus, Germany, Italy, Morocco, Portugal, Spain, and Turkey. The AMEA segment consists of Australia, China, India, Malaysia, new Zealand, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, and Thailand. The GPS segment focuses on the fully online universities and campus-based institutions in the U.S. The company was founded by Douglas L. Becker in 1989 and is headquartered in Baltimore, MD.

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