Bridgepoint Education (NYSE:BPI) and Creative Learning (OTCMKTS:CLCN) are both small-cap consumer discretionary companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, profitability, valuation, institutional ownership, earnings, risk and dividends.

Risk & Volatility

Bridgepoint Education has a beta of 2.16, meaning that its stock price is 116% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Creative Learning has a beta of 0.77, meaning that its stock price is 23% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Bridgepoint Education and Creative Learning’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Bridgepoint Education 2.32% 12.26% 6.06%
Creative Learning N/A N/A N/A

Insider & Institutional Ownership

81.1% of Bridgepoint Education shares are held by institutional investors. 31.9% of Bridgepoint Education shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 35.1% of Creative Learning shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and recommmendations for Bridgepoint Education and Creative Learning, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Bridgepoint Education 0 0 1 0 3.00
Creative Learning 0 0 0 0 N/A

Bridgepoint Education presently has a consensus price target of $15.00, indicating a potential upside of 149.58%. Given Bridgepoint Education’s higher probable upside, equities analysts clearly believe Bridgepoint Education is more favorable than Creative Learning.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Bridgepoint Education and Creative Learning’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Bridgepoint Education $443.37 million 0.37 $4.64 million $0.47 12.79
Creative Learning $2.46 million 0.49 -$1.03 million N/A N/A

Bridgepoint Education has higher revenue and earnings than Creative Learning.

Summary

Bridgepoint Education beats Creative Learning on 9 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

Bridgepoint Education Company Profile

Bridgepoint Education, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides postsecondary education services in the United States. Its academic institutions, Ashford University and University of the Rockies, offer associate's, bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degree programs in the disciplines of business, education, psychology, social sciences, and health sciences. The company offers its programs primarily through online; and at its campuses. As of December 31, 2017, its institutions offered approximately 1,200 courses and 80 degree programs; and had 45,730 students enrolled. The company was formerly known as TeleUniversity, Inc. and changed its name to Bridgepoint Education, Inc. in February 2004. Bridgepoint Education, Inc. was founded in 1999 and is headquartered in San Diego, California.

Creative Learning Company Profile

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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