Comparing National American University Holdngs (NAUH) & Universal Technical Institute (UTI)

National American University Holdngs (NASDAQ:NAUH) and Universal Technical Institute (NYSE:UTI) are both small-cap consumer discretionary companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, profitability, dividends, valuation, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership and risk.

Risk and Volatility

National American University Holdngs has a beta of 0.98, meaning that its share price is 2% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Universal Technical Institute has a beta of 1.63, meaning that its share price is 63% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and target prices for National American University Holdngs and Universal Technical Institute, 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
Universal Technical Institute 0 0 0 0 N/A

Profitability

This table compares National American University Holdngs and Universal Technical Institute’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%
Universal Technical Institute -11.16% -24.44% -11.33%

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares National American University Holdngs and Universal Technical Institute’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
National American University Holdngs $77.18 million 0.02 -$12.16 million N/A N/A
Universal Technical Institute $316.96 million 0.28 -$32.68 million ($1.62) -2.16

National American University Holdngs has higher earnings, but lower revenue than Universal Technical Institute.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

13.2% of National American University Holdngs shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 60.8% of Universal Technical Institute shares are held by institutional investors. 56.6% of National American University Holdngs shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 30.1% of Universal Technical Institute shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

Universal Technical Institute beats National American University Holdngs on 7 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

About National American University Holdngs

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.

About Universal Technical Institute

Universal Technical Institute, Inc. provides postsecondary education for students seeking careers as professional automotive, diesel, collision repair, motorcycle, and marine technicians in the United States. It offers certificate, diploma, or degree programs; and specialized technical education programs under various brands, such as Universal Technical Institute, Motorcycle Mechanics Institute and Marine Mechanics Institute, and NASCAR Technical Institute. The company also provides manufacturer specific advanced training programs, including student paid electives at its campuses; and manufacturer or dealer sponsored training at various campuses and dedicated training centers, as well as offers undergraduate diploma programs for welding and computer numeric control machining. It operates 13 campuses. The company was founded in 1965 and is headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona.

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