Aspen Group (NASDAQ: ASPU) is one of 42 publicly-traded companies in the “Educational services” industry, but how does it contrast to its competitors? We will compare Aspen Group to related businesses based on the strength of its dividends, profitability, valuation, earnings, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership and risk.

Profitability

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This table compares Aspen Group and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Aspen Group -21.59% -35.74% -18.98%
Aspen Group Competitors -14.47% -23.11% -6.46%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for Aspen Group and its competitors, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Aspen Group 0 1 2 0 2.67
Aspen Group Competitors 132 606 693 12 2.41

Aspen Group currently has a consensus price target of $12.13, suggesting a potential upside of 81.24%. As a group, “Educational services” companies have a potential upside of 5.01%. Given Aspen Group’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Aspen Group is more favorable than its competitors.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

7.0% of Aspen Group shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 53.7% of shares of all “Educational services” companies are owned by institutional investors. 26.3% of Aspen Group shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 23.7% of shares of all “Educational services” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Aspen Group and its competitors gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Aspen Group $14.25 million -$1.10 million -66.90
Aspen Group Competitors $515.82 million $30.04 million 17.94

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

Volatility & Risk

Aspen Group has a beta of 0.75, indicating that its share price is 25% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Aspen Group’s competitors have a beta of 0.81, indicating that their average share price is 19% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Aspen Group competitors beat Aspen Group on 8 of the 12 factors compared.

About Aspen Group

Aspen Group, Inc. is a holding company. The Company’s subsidiary, Aspen University Inc. (Aspen), is dedicated to provide the education experiences taught by professors. Aspen offers approximately two monthly payment programs, a monthly payment plan in which students make payments every month over a fixed period (36, 39 or 72 months depending on the degree program) and a monthly installment plan in which students pay over three monthly installments (day 1, day 31 and day 61 after the start of each course). As of June 30, 2016, Aspen had 2,074 students paying tuition through either of the monthly payment methods. It offers certificate programs and associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs in a range of areas, including nursing, business, education and professional studies. It offers a range of nursing degrees, including Master of Science in Nursing, Master of Science in Nursing-Nursing Education and Master of Science in Nursing-Nursing Administration and Management.

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