Analyzing Scientific Learning (SCIL) and Aspen Group (ASPU)

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

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Scientific Learning and Aspen Group’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Scientific Learning $16.74 million 0.46 -$870,000.00 N/A N/A
Aspen Group $22.02 million 3.82 -$7.06 million ($0.39) -11.67

Scientific Learning has higher earnings, but lower revenue than Aspen Group.

Risk & Volatility

Scientific Learning has a beta of -0.29, suggesting that its share price is 129% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Aspen Group has a beta of 0.77, suggesting that its share price is 23% less volatile than the S&P 500.


This table compares Scientific Learning and Aspen Group’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Scientific Learning -5.21% N/A -9.46%
Aspen Group -36.52% -32.33% -25.18%

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for Scientific Learning and Aspen Group, as reported by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Scientific Learning 0 0 0 0 N/A
Aspen Group 0 0 1 0 3.00

Insider and Institutional Ownership

24.2% of Aspen Group shares are owned by institutional investors. 16.1% of Scientific Learning shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 19.4% of Aspen Group shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.


Aspen Group beats Scientific Learning on 6 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Scientific Learning

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.

About Aspen Group

Aspen Group, Inc. provides online higher education services in the United States. The company offers certificate programs; and associate, bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degree programs in a range of areas, including nursing, education, business, technology, management, health sciences, and professional and extended studies. As of April 30, 2018, it had 7,057 degree-seeking students enrolled. The company was founded in 1987 and is headquartered in New York, New York.

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