DeVry Education Group (NYSE: ATGE) and Apollo Education Group (NASDAQ:APOL) are both consumer discretionary companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, analyst recommendations, risk, institutional ownership, valuation, dividends and profitability.

Risk & Volatility

DeVry Education Group has a beta of 0.88, suggesting that its stock price is 12% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Apollo Education Group has a beta of 0.85, suggesting that its stock price is 15% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares DeVry Education Group and Apollo Education Group’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
DeVry Education Group $1.81 billion 1.15 $313.39 million $1.91 17.49
Apollo Education Group N/A N/A N/A ($0.19) -52.61

DeVry Education Group has higher revenue and earnings than Apollo Education Group. Apollo Education Group 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.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations for DeVry Education Group and Apollo Education Group, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
DeVry Education Group 0 2 3 0 2.60
Apollo Education Group 0 0 1 0 3.00

DeVry Education Group currently has a consensus target price of $34.25, indicating a potential upside of 2.54%. Given DeVry Education Group’s higher probable upside, equities analysts clearly believe DeVry Education Group is more favorable than Apollo Education Group.

Dividends

DeVry Education Group pays an annual dividend of $0.18 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.5%. Apollo Education Group does not pay a dividend. DeVry Education Group pays out 9.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

73.3% of Apollo Education Group shares are owned by institutional investors. 5.3% of DeVry Education Group shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 4.8% of Apollo Education Group shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
DeVry Education Group 6.76% 10.93% 7.71%
Apollo Education Group 0.66% 1.53% 0.65%

Summary

DeVry Education Group beats Apollo Education Group on 10 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

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.

About Apollo Education Group

Apollo Education Group, Inc. is a United States-based education provider. The Company offers undergraduate, graduate, certificate and non-degree educational programs and services, online and on-campus, to working adults in the United States and abroad. Its segments include University of Phoenix, Apollo Global and Other. The University of Phoenix segment offers undergraduate and graduate degrees through its colleges and schools in a range of program areas, as well as various non-degree programs. Primarily, the University of Phoenix’s students attend classes online. It also offers educational programs and services at ground locations throughout the United States. The Apollo Global segment includes its institutions based outside the United States and its corporate operations. The Other segment includes College for Financial Planning Institutes Corporation; Western International University, Inc.; TIY Academy, LLC; Apollo Professional Development, and Apollo corporate activities.

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