National American University Holdngs (NASDAQ:NAUH) and Bridgepoint Education (NYSE:BPI) are both small-cap consumer discretionary companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their risk, profitability, earnings, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, dividends and valuation.
Valuation and Earnings
This table compares National American University Holdngs and Bridgepoint 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||0.03||-$12.16 million||N/A||N/A|
|Bridgepoint Education||$478.40 million||0.50||$10.53 million||$0.59||15.02|
Institutional & Insider Ownership
13.2% of National American University Holdngs shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 81.6% of Bridgepoint Education shares are held by institutional investors. 56.6% of National American University Holdngs shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 31.9% of Bridgepoint Education shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.
This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for National American University Holdngs and Bridgepoint Education, as provided by MarketBeat.com.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
|National American University Holdngs||0||0||0||0||N/A|
Bridgepoint Education has a consensus price target of $15.00, indicating a potential upside of 69.30%. Given Bridgepoint Education’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Bridgepoint Education is more favorable than National American University Holdngs.
Risk & Volatility
National American University Holdngs has a beta of 0.98, suggesting that its share price is 2% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Bridgepoint Education has a beta of 2.16, suggesting that its share price is 116% more volatile than the S&P 500.
This table compares National American University Holdngs and Bridgepoint Education’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
|National American University Holdngs||-30.34%||-134.09%||-45.35%|
Bridgepoint Education beats National American University Holdngs on 10 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.
Bridgepoint Education Company Profile
Bridgepoint Education, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides postsecondary education services in the United States. Its academic institutions, Ashford University and University of the Rockies, offer associate's, bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degree programs in the disciplines of business, education, psychology, social sciences, and health sciences. The company offers its programs primarily through online; and at its campuses. As of December 31, 2017, its institutions offered approximately 1,200 courses and 80 degree programs; and had 45,730 students enrolled. The company was formerly known as TeleUniversity, Inc. and changed its name to Bridgepoint Education, Inc. in February 2004. Bridgepoint Education, Inc. was founded in 1999 and is headquartered in San Diego, California.
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