Universal Technical Institute (NYSE:UTI) and Creative Learning (OTCMKTS:CLCN) are both small-cap consumer discretionary companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, profitability, risk, valuation, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations and earnings.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for Universal Technical Institute and Creative Learning, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Universal Technical Institute 0 0 0 0 N/A
Creative Learning 0 0 0 0 N/A

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Universal Technical Institute and Creative Learning’s 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 0.31 -$32.68 million ($1.62) -2.43
Creative Learning $2.46 million 0.59 -$1.03 million N/A N/A

Creative Learning has lower revenue, but higher earnings than Universal Technical Institute.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Universal Technical Institute -10.31% -24.57% -12.27%
Creative Learning 1.12% 4.14% 2.53%

Institutional & Insider Ownership

61.4% of Universal Technical Institute shares are held by institutional investors. 30.1% of Universal Technical Institute shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 35.1% of Creative Learning shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Risk and Volatility

Universal Technical Institute has a beta of 1.99, meaning that its stock price is 99% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Creative Learning has a beta of 0.92, meaning that its stock price is 8% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Creative Learning beats Universal Technical Institute on 6 of the 9 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 Creative Learning

Creative Learning Corporation provides educational and enrichment programs under the Bricks 4 Kidz and Sew Fun Studios trade names in the United States and internationally. The company's programs are offered to children ages 3 to 13+, which include in-school workshops, and after-school and pre-school classes, as well as classes for home-schooled children; and camps, birthday parties, and special events that are designed to enhance and enrich the traditional school curriculum, trigger young children's lively imaginations, and build self-confidence. As of September 30, 2017, it had 531 Bricks 4 Kidz and Sew Fun Studios franchises, 30 Bricks 4 Kidz master franchises, and 91 Bricks 4 Kidz sub-franchises operating in 44 countries. Creative Learning Corporation was founded in 2009 and is based in St. Augustine, Florida.

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