Bridgepoint Education (NYSE: BPI) is one of 19 publicly-traded companies in the “General Education Services” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its rivals? We will compare Bridgepoint Education to related companies based on the strength of its earnings, risk, profitability, valuation, dividends, institutional ownership and analyst recommendations.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Bridgepoint Education and its rivals gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Bridgepoint Education $510.19 million $33.22 million -148.56
Bridgepoint Education Competitors $687.02 million $110.76 million 5.00

Bridgepoint Education’s rivals have higher revenue and earnings than Bridgepoint Education. Bridgepoint Education is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its rivals, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current recommendations and price targets for Bridgepoint Education and its rivals, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Bridgepoint Education 0 1 0 0 2.00
Bridgepoint Education Competitors 94 523 481 10 2.37

Bridgepoint Education presently has a consensus target price of $14.00, indicating a potential upside of 57.04%. As a group, “General Education Services” companies have a potential upside of 3.97%. Given Bridgepoint Education’s higher probable upside, equities research analysts clearly believe Bridgepoint Education is more favorable than its rivals.

Profitability

This table compares Bridgepoint Education and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Bridgepoint Education -1.39% 9.16% 5.13%
Bridgepoint Education Competitors 0.91% 0.51% 2.22%

Institutional and Insider Ownership

92.8% of Bridgepoint Education shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 76.9% of shares of all “General Education Services” companies are held by institutional investors. 41.5% of Bridgepoint Education shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 15.2% of shares of all “General Education Services” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Risk and Volatility

Bridgepoint Education has a beta of 2.17, meaning that its stock price is 117% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Bridgepoint Education’s rivals have a beta of 1.15, meaning that their average stock price is 15% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Bridgepoint Education Company Profile

Bridgepoint Education, Inc. (Bridgepoint) is a provider of postsecondary education services. The Company’s academic institutions include Ashford University and University of the Rockies. Bridgepoint’s institutions conduct ongoing faculty and student assessment processes, and provide a range of student services. It offers Constellation, its learning platform, Waypoint Outcomes, its assessment software, and its mobile application technology. As of December 31, 2016, its institutions offered over 1,200 courses and over 80 degree programs. Ashford University offers associate’s, bachelor’s and master’s degree programs online. Ashford University comprises four colleges: the Forbes School of Business and Technology, the College of Education, the College of Health, Human Services and Science, and the College of Liberal Arts. University of the Rockies is a graduate institution that offers master’s and doctoral degree programs in the social and behavioral sciences.

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