Grand Canyon Education (NASDAQ: LOPE) is one of 20 public companies in the “General Education Services” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its competitors? We will compare Grand Canyon Education to related businesses based on the strength of its analyst recommendations, dividends, risk, institutional ownership, profitability, valuation and earnings.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and price targets for Grand Canyon Education and its competitors, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Grand Canyon Education 0 0 3 0 3.00
Grand Canyon Education Competitors 62 443 456 2 2.41

Grand Canyon Education currently has a consensus price target of $88.67, suggesting a potential downside of 0.35%. As a group, “General Education Services” companies have a potential upside of 5.05%. Given Grand Canyon Education’s competitors higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Grand Canyon Education has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Grand Canyon Education and its competitors top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Grand Canyon Education $921.61 million $310.30 million 24.58
Grand Canyon Education Competitors $909.14 million $144.34 million 5.16

Grand Canyon Education has higher revenue and earnings than its competitors. Grand Canyon Education is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Profitability

This table compares Grand Canyon Education and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Grand Canyon Education 18.77% 21.77% 15.47%
Grand Canyon Education Competitors 0.80% 0.13% 2.03%

Risk & Volatility

Grand Canyon Education has a beta of 1.39, meaning that its share price is 39% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Grand Canyon Education’s competitors have a beta of 1.14, meaning that their average share price is 14% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

96.6% of Grand Canyon Education shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 66.6% of shares of all “General Education Services” companies are owned by institutional investors. 3.0% of Grand Canyon Education shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 13.9% of shares of all “General Education Services” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

Grand Canyon Education beats its competitors on 10 of the 13 factors compared.

About Grand Canyon Education

Grand Canyon Education, Inc. is engaged in the provision of postsecondary education. The Company is a regionally accredited university. The Company offers the degrees, including Doctor of Education, Doctor of Business Administration, Doctor of Nursing Practice, Doctor of Philosophy, Education Specialist, Master of Divinity, Master of Arts, Master of Education, Master of Business Administration and Master of Public Administration, Master of Public Health, Master of Science, Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, and a range of programs for its degrees. It also offers certificate programs, which consist of a series of courses focused on a particular area of study for both the post-baccalaureate and post-graduate students. The Company offers its ground-based programs to students through three 15-week semesters in a calendar year and to online students in courses that generally range from 5 to 16 weeks throughout the calendar year.

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