Critical Contrast: Universal Technical Institute (NYSE:UTI) and GSX Techedu (NYSE:GSX)

Universal Technical Institute (NYSE:UTI) and GSX Techedu (NYSE:GSX) are both consumer discretionary companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, dividends, earnings, profitability and risk.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and target prices for Universal Technical Institute and GSX Techedu, as provided by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Universal Technical Institute 0 0 0 0 N/A
GSX Techedu 0 0 1 0 3.00

GSX Techedu has a consensus price target of $13.00, indicating a potential downside of 2.91%. Given GSX Techedu’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe GSX Techedu is more favorable than Universal Technical Institute.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

59.8% of Universal Technical Institute shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 0.3% of GSX Techedu shares are held by institutional investors. 30.1% of Universal Technical Institute shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 4.8% of GSX Techedu shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.


This table compares Universal Technical Institute and GSX Techedu’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Universal Technical Institute -7.51% -16.71% -7.33%
GSX Techedu N/A N/A N/A

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Universal Technical Institute and GSX Techedu’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Universal Technical Institute $316.96 million 0.34 -$32.68 million ($1.62) -2.63
GSX Techedu N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

GSX Techedu has lower revenue, but higher earnings than Universal Technical Institute.


GSX Techedu beats Universal Technical Institute on 5 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

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.

About GSX Techedu

GSX Techedu Inc. operates as an online education company in the People's Republic of China. The company provides online K-12 large-class after-school tutoring services. It offers English courses for children in kindergarten; and courses that help children in grade one through grade seven. The company also provides foreign language courses, including English, Japanese, and Korean, as well as English test preparation courses for students taking post-graduate entrance exams in China; and professional courses primarily for working adults preparing for professional qualification exams comprising teacher's qualification, the Chartered Financial Analyst designation, fund qualification, and securities qualification exams. In addition, it offers personal interest courses, such as yoga, fashion, guitar, and Chinese calligraphy. Further, the company provides other courses, including offline business consulting courses, which target principals and other officers of private education institutions who want to enhance management skills; and operate Weishi, an interactive learning platform on Weixin. As of March 31, 2019, it had 169 instructors and 522 tutors. The company was formerly known as BaiJiaHuLian Group Holdings Limited and changed its name to GSX Techedu Inc. in January 2019. GSX Techedu Inc. was founded in 2014 and is headquartered in Beijing, China. GSX Techedu Inc. is a subsidiary of Ebetter International Group Limited.

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