American Public Education (NASDAQ: APEI) and DeVry Education Group (NYSE:ATGE) are both consumer discretionary companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, risk, analyst recommendations, profitability, institutional ownership, dividends and valuation.

Volatility & Risk

American Public Education has a beta of 1.12, meaning that its share price is 12% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, DeVry Education Group has a beta of 0.88, meaning that its share price is 12% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares American Public Education and DeVry Education Group’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
American Public Education 5.18% 7.87% 6.55%
DeVry Education Group 6.76% 10.93% 7.71%

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and price targets for American Public Education and DeVry Education Group, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
American Public Education 0 1 0 0 2.00
DeVry Education Group 0 2 3 0 2.60

American Public Education presently has a consensus target price of $19.00, indicating a potential upside of 3.26%. DeVry Education Group has a consensus target price of $34.25, indicating a potential upside of 1.48%. Given American Public Education’s higher probable upside, equities research analysts plainly believe American Public Education is more favorable than DeVry Education Group.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares American Public Education and DeVry Education Group’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
American Public Education $300.31 million 1.00 $56.56 million $0.95 19.37
DeVry Education Group $1.81 billion 1.16 $313.39 million $1.91 17.67

DeVry Education Group has higher revenue and earnings than American Public Education. DeVry Education Group is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than American Public Education, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

92.0% of American Public Education shares are owned by institutional investors. 3.6% of American Public Education shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 5.3% of DeVry Education Group shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Dividends

DeVry Education Group pays an annual dividend of $0.18 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.5%. American Public Education does not pay a dividend. DeVry Education Group pays out 9.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Summary

DeVry Education Group beats American Public Education on 11 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

American Public Education Company Profile

American Public Education, Inc. provides online and on-campus postsecondary education. The Company provides postsecondary education through its subsidiary institutions, American Public University System, Inc. (APUS) and Hondros College of Nursing (HCON). It operates through two segments: American Public Education Segment, which consists of the operational activities of APUS, other corporate activities, and minority investments, and Hondros College of Nursing Segment, which consists of the operational activities of HCON. APUS provides online postsecondary education to approximately 88,700 adult learners serving the needs of the military and public safety communities as of December 31, 2016. As of December 31, 2016, HCON provided nursing education to approximately 1,300 students across five campuses in the State of Ohio, as well as online. It offers a Diploma in Practical Nursing and an Associate Degree in Nursing. As of December 31, 2016, the Company had approximately 90,000 students.

DeVry Education Group Company Profile

Adtalem Global Education Inc., formerly DeVry Education Group Inc. (DeVry Group) is a global provider of educational services. DeVry Group’s focuses on empowering its students to achieve their educational and career goals. DeVry Group’s institutions offer a range of programs in healthcare, technology, business, accounting, finance and law. The Company operates in three segments: Medical and Healthcare; International and Professional Education, and Business, Technology and Management. Medical and Healthcare includes DeVry Medical International, Chamberlain College of Nursing (Chamberlain) and Carrington College. International and Professional Education consists of DeVry Brasil and Becker Professional Education. Business, Technology and Management consists of DeVry University. As of June 30, 2016, DMI operated three institutions: American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine (AUC), Ross University School of Medicine (RUSM) and Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine.

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