Capella Education (NASDAQ: CPLA) and DeVry Education Group (NYSE:ATGE) are both consumer discretionary companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their profitabiliy, dividends, institutional ownership, valuation, earnings, analyst recommendations and risk.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for Capella Education and DeVry Education Group, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Capella Education 0 1 2 0 2.67
DeVry Education Group 0 2 4 0 2.67

Capella Education presently has a consensus target price of $88.50, indicating a potential upside of 0.51%. DeVry Education Group has a consensus target price of $34.40, indicating a potential downside of 3.23%. Given Capella Education’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Capella Education is more favorable than DeVry Education Group.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

91.1% of Capella Education shares are owned by institutional investors. 3.6% of Capella Education shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 5.3% of DeVry Education Group shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Volatility & Risk

Capella Education has a beta of 0.53, suggesting that its share price is 47% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, DeVry Education Group has a beta of 0.89, suggesting that its share price is 11% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Capella Education and DeVry Education Group’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Capella Education $435.73 million 2.34 $75.84 million $3.79 23.23
DeVry Education Group $1.83 billion 1.22 $303.29 million $1.08 32.92

DeVry Education Group has higher revenue and earnings than Capella Education. Capella Education is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than DeVry Education Group, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Dividends

Capella Education pays an annual dividend of $1.64 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.9%. DeVry Education Group pays an annual dividend of $0.36 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.0%. Capella Education pays out 43.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. DeVry Education Group pays out 33.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Both companies have healthy payout ratios and should be able to cover their dividend payments with earnings for the next several years.

Profitability

This table compares Capella Education and DeVry Education Group’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Capella Education 10.31% 21.04% 15.73%
DeVry Education Group 3.80% 10.73% 7.64%

Summary

Capella Education beats DeVry Education Group on 9 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Capella Education

Capella Education Company is an education services company. The Company provides direct path between learning and employment through its online postsecondary education offerings and through programs to develop job-ready skills for demand markets. The company’s segments include post-secondary segment and job-ready skills segment. The post-secondary segment has Capella University (the University) and Sophia Learning, LLC (Sophia). The job-ready skills segment has Capella Learning Solutions, LLC (CLS), Hackbright Academy, Inc. (Hackbright) and DevMountain, LLC (DevMountain). The Company’s program offers six markets, which include public service leadership; nursing and health sciences; social and behavioral sciences; business and technology; education and undergraduate studies. Capella University offers over 1,940 online courses and approximately 50 academic programs with approximately 150 specializations to approximately 38,000 learners.

About DeVry Education Group

Adtalem Global Education Inc., formerly DeVry Education Group Inc. (DeVry Group) is a global provider of educational services. DeVry Group’s focuses on empowering its students to achieve their educational and career goals. DeVry Group’s institutions offer a range of programs in healthcare, technology, business, accounting, finance and law. The Company operates in three segments: Medical and Healthcare; International and Professional Education, and Business, Technology and Management. Medical and Healthcare includes DeVry Medical International, Chamberlain College of Nursing (Chamberlain) and Carrington College. International and Professional Education consists of DeVry Brasil and Becker Professional Education. Business, Technology and Management consists of DeVry University. As of June 30, 2016, DMI operated three institutions: American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine (AUC), Ross University School of Medicine (RUSM) and Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine.

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