Grand Canyon Education (NASDAQ: LOPE) and Nord Anglia Education (NYSE:NORD) are both mid-cap consumer discretionary companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, valuation, risk, profitabiliy, analyst recommendations, earnings and institutional ownership.

Profitability

This table compares Grand Canyon Education and Nord Anglia Education’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Grand Canyon Education 17.97% 21.53% 14.92%
Nord Anglia Education 6.07% 22.86% 3.01%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent recommendations for Grand Canyon Education and Nord Anglia Education, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Grand Canyon Education 0 0 4 0 3.00
Nord Anglia Education 1 5 2 0 2.13

Grand Canyon Education presently has a consensus price target of $73.33, suggesting a potential downside of 4.25%. Nord Anglia Education has a consensus price target of $30.50, suggesting a potential downside of 6.98%. Given Grand Canyon Education’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities analysts plainly believe Grand Canyon Education is more favorable than Nord Anglia Education.

Volatility & Risk

Grand Canyon Education has a beta of 1.49, suggesting that its stock price is 49% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Nord Anglia Education has a beta of 0.96, suggesting that its stock price is 4% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Grand Canyon Education and Nord Anglia Education’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Grand Canyon Education $894.59 million 4.10 $297.15 million $3.38 22.66
Nord Anglia Education $889.10 million 3.84 $175.20 million $0.51 64.29

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

Institutional & Insider Ownership

96.0% of Grand Canyon Education shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 34.6% of Nord Anglia Education shares are held by institutional investors. 3.0% of Grand Canyon Education shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

Grand Canyon Education beats Nord Anglia Education on 12 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

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.

About Nord Anglia Education

Nord Anglia Education, Inc. is an operator of international schools. As of August 31, 2016, the Company taught over 37,000 students, from kindergarten through the end of secondary school (K-12), at its 43 schools in China, Europe, the Middle East, South East Asia and North America. The Company’s segments include China, Europe, Middle East (ME), Southeast Asia (SEA), North America and Other. The China segment includes its activities in the People’s Republic of China and the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. The Europe segment includes the Company’s activities in Switzerland, Slovakia, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Spain and Poland. The ME segment includes the Company’s activities in the United Arab Emirates and Qatar. The SEA segment includes the Company’s activities in Thailand, Singapore, Cambodia and Vietnam. The North America segment includes the Company’s activities in the United States and Mexico. The Other segment includes the Learning Services division.

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