Comparing Puxin (NEW) & American Public Education (NASDAQ:APEI)

American Public Education (NASDAQ:APEI) and Puxin (NYSE:NEW) are both small-cap consumer discretionary companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, institutional ownership, risk, analyst recommendations, profitability, valuation and dividends.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent recommendations and price targets for American Public Education and Puxin, as provided by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
American Public Education 0 2 2 0 2.50
Puxin 0 0 1 0 3.00

American Public Education currently has a consensus price target of $38.00, suggesting a potential upside of 13.77%. Puxin has a consensus price target of $26.00, suggesting a potential upside of 97.87%. Given Puxin’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Puxin is more favorable than American Public Education.

Valuation & Earnings

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

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
American Public Education $297.69 million 1.86 $25.64 million $1.62 20.62
Puxin $324.07 million 3.35 -$121.21 million N/A N/A

American Public Education has higher earnings, but lower revenue than Puxin.


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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
American Public Education 8.61% 8.76% 7.54%
Puxin -38.08% -191.04% -29.35%

Insider and Institutional Ownership

93.2% of American Public Education shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 8.7% of Puxin shares are owned by institutional investors. 2.7% of American Public Education shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.


American Public Education beats Puxin on 7 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

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.

Puxin Company Profile

Puxin Limited, through its subsidiaries, provides after-school education services in China. It offers a range of K-12 and study-abroad tutoring programs designed to help students prepare for admission tests and applications for top schools, universities, and graduate programs in China and other countries. The company also provides group class courses; personalized tutoring courses; English tutoring services for children in kindergarten; and extra-curricular courses to students, such as painting, calligraphy, music, debate, and science, as well as offers Web-based and mobile-based platforms for K-12 tutoring services. In addition, it sells education materials; and provides advertisement, study consulting, and training services. As of March 31, 2018, the company had a network of 397 learning centers; and 4 schools providing extra-curricular education courses. Puxin Limited was founded in 2014 and is headquartered in Beijing, China.

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