Reviewing Bridgepoint Education (BPI) and Hailiang Education Group (HLG)

Bridgepoint Education (NYSE:BPI) and Hailiang Education Group (NASDAQ:HLG) are both small-cap consumer discretionary companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, earnings, profitability, dividends, analyst recommendations, risk and institutional ownership.

Profitability

This table compares Bridgepoint Education and Hailiang Education Group’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Bridgepoint Education 2.32% 12.26% 6.06%
Hailiang Education Group N/A N/A N/A

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current recommendations for Bridgepoint Education and Hailiang Education Group, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Bridgepoint Education 0 0 1 0 3.00
Hailiang Education Group 0 0 0 0 N/A

Bridgepoint Education currently has a consensus target price of $15.00, indicating a potential upside of 153.38%. Given Bridgepoint Education’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Bridgepoint Education is more favorable than Hailiang Education Group.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

81.1% of Bridgepoint Education shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 0.8% of Hailiang Education Group shares are owned by institutional investors. 31.9% of Bridgepoint Education shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Risk and Volatility

Bridgepoint Education has a beta of 2.16, indicating that its share price is 116% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Hailiang Education Group has a beta of -0.19, indicating that its share price is 119% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Bridgepoint Education and Hailiang Education Group’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Bridgepoint Education $443.37 million 0.36 $4.64 million $0.47 12.60
Hailiang Education Group $171.86 million 7.51 $34.21 million N/A N/A

Hailiang Education Group has lower revenue, but higher earnings than Bridgepoint Education.

Summary

Bridgepoint Education beats Hailiang Education Group on 9 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

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.

Hailiang Education Group Company Profile

Hailiang Education Group Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides K-12 educational services in the People's Republic of China. The company operates six affiliated schools that include Hailiang Primary School, Hailiang Junior Middle School, Hailiang Senior Middle School, Hailiang High School of Art, Hailiang Experimental High School, and Hailiang Foreign Language School; and sixteen managed schools. It also offers management consulting, educational training and logistic, hotel management, sports activities consulting, school management, and purchasing and transportation services, as well as after-school enrichment program, overseas study trip, and international study programs. In addition, the company's schools offer basic educational programs and international programs at the primary school, middle school, and high school levels, as well as courses designed for students to become admitted to programs, such as A-levels courses for the United Kingdom universities, SAT courses for the United States universities, and VCE courses for the Australia universities for students planning to apply to undergraduate programs in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia. As of June 30, 2018, it had 22,110 students enrolled in its schools. Hailiang Education Group Inc. was founded in 1995 and is based in Hangzhou, the People's Republic of China.

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