Head-To-Head Survey: Laureate Education (NASDAQ:LAUR) vs. Learning Tree International (NASDAQ:LTRE)

Laureate Education (NASDAQ:LAUR) and Learning Tree International (OTCMKTS:LTRE) are both consumer discretionary companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, earnings, institutional ownership, dividends, profitability, risk and valuation.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

44.1% of Laureate Education shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 7.5% of Learning Tree International shares are held by institutional investors. 3.0% of Laureate Education shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 57.7% of Learning Tree International shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Risk & Volatility

Laureate Education has a beta of 0.27, meaning that its share price is 73% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Learning Tree International has a beta of 0.32, meaning that its share price is 68% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Laureate Education and Learning Tree International’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Laureate Education $3.35 billion 1.09 $370.07 million ($0.03) -542.33
Learning Tree International $64.32 million 0.15 -$2.05 million N/A N/A

Laureate Education has higher revenue and earnings than Learning Tree International.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current recommendations for Laureate Education and Learning Tree International, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Laureate Education 0 1 2 0 2.67
Learning Tree International 0 0 0 0 N/A

Laureate Education presently has a consensus target price of $18.67, indicating a potential upside of 14.73%. Given Laureate Education’s higher possible upside, research analysts clearly believe Laureate Education is more favorable than Learning Tree International.

Profitability

This table compares Laureate Education and Learning Tree International’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Laureate Education 11.00% 4.71% 1.40%
Learning Tree International N/A N/A N/A

Summary

Laureate Education beats Learning Tree International on 9 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Laureate Education

Laureate Education, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides higher education programs and services to students through a network of universities and higher education institutions. It operates through five segments: Brazil, Mexico, Andean, Rest of World, and Online & Partnerships. The company offers a range of undergraduate and graduate degree programs primarily in the areas of business and management, medicine and health sciences, and engineering and information technology through campus-based, online, and hybrid programs. It also operates online institutions that offer professional degree programs primarily for the working adults with undergraduate and graduate degree programs. The company was formerly known as Sylvan Learning Systems, Inc. and changed its name to Laureate Education, Inc. in May 2004. The company was founded in 1989 and is headquartered in Baltimore, Maryland.

About Learning Tree International

Learning Tree International, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, develops, markets, and delivers a library of instructor-led classroom courses for professional development needs of information technology (IT) professionals and managers worldwide. It offers education and training courses across a range of technical and management disciplines, such as operating systems, databases, computer networks, cyber and network security, Web development, programming languages, software engineering, open source applications, project management, business skills, leadership, and professional development. The company also provides courses through its proprietary live online learning platform, Learning Tree AnyWare that allow individuals at any location to participate online in instructor-led classes conducted live in its Education Centers, at customer locations, or at other facilities; and workforce optimization solutions to support an IT organization's life-cycle of workforce development needs. As of September 29, 2018, its library of instructor-led courses comprised 299 instructor-led course titles, including 181 multi-day IT course titles, 82 multi-day management course titles, and 36 one-day course titles. The company markets and sells its course offerings through direct and electronic mail, telemarketing, and field sales channels. It serves national and multinational companies, government organizations, and small and medium-size companies. The company was founded in 1974 and is headquartered in Herndon, Virginia. Learning Tree International, Inc. is a subsidiary of The Kevin Ross Gruneich Legacy Trust.

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