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

Valuation & Earnings

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

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Apollo Education Group N/A N/A N/A ($0.19) -52.61
DeVry Education Group $1.81 billion 1.21 $313.39 million $1.91 18.48

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.

Volatility & Risk

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

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.

Profitability

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

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

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and target prices for Apollo Education Group and DeVry Education Group, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Apollo Education Group 0 0 1 0 3.00
DeVry Education Group 0 2 2 0 2.50

DeVry Education Group has a consensus price target of $35.67, indicating a potential upside of 1.04%. Given DeVry Education Group’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe DeVry Education Group is more favorable than Apollo Education Group.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

73.3% of Apollo Education Group shares are owned by institutional investors. 4.8% of Apollo Education Group 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, large money managers and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

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

Apollo Education Group Company Profile

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.

DeVry Education Group Company Profile

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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