Financial Contrast: Career Education Corporation (CECO) versus Its Peers
Career Education Corporation (NASDAQ: CECO) is one of 20 public companies in the “General Education Services” industry, but how does it compare to its competitors? We will compare Career Education Corporation to similar businesses based on the strength of its earnings, valuation, profitability, risk, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership and dividends.
Institutional & Insider Ownership
75.4% of Career Education Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 71.8% of shares of all “General Education Services” companies are held by institutional investors. 4.9% of Career Education Corporation shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 15.0% of shares of all “General Education Services” companies 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.
This is a breakdown of current recommendations and price targets for Career Education Corporation and its competitors, as reported by MarketBeat.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
|Career Education Corporation||0||1||1||0||2.50|
|Career Education Corporation Competitors||95||530||498||10||2.37|
Career Education Corporation currently has a consensus target price of $13.00, indicating a potential upside of 21.50%. As a group, “General Education Services” companies have a potential upside of 0.07%. Given Career Education Corporation’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Career Education Corporation is more favorable than its competitors.
Risk and Volatility
Career Education Corporation has a beta of 2.71, indicating that its stock price is 171% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Career Education Corporation’s competitors have a beta of 1.14, indicating that their average stock price is 14% more volatile than the S&P 500.
Valuation & Earnings
This table compares Career Education Corporation and its competitors gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||EBITDA||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|Career Education Corporation||$631.21 million||$42.44 million||-29.72|
|Career Education Corporation Competitors||$909.14 million||$144.34 million||4.54|
Career Education Corporation’s competitors have higher revenue and earnings than Career Education Corporation. Career Education Corporation is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.
This table compares Career Education Corporation and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
|Career Education Corporation||-3.82%||3.73%||2.35%|
|Career Education Corporation Competitors||1.22%||0.87%||2.26%|
Career Education Corporation beats its competitors on 7 of the 12 factors compared.
About Career Education Corporation
Career Education Corporation, through its colleges, institutions and universities, offers education to students in a range of career-oriented disciplines through online, on-ground and hybrid learning programs. The Company’s American InterContinental University (AIU) and Colorado Technical University (CTU) provide degree programs through the master’s or doctoral level as well as associate and bachelor’s levels. The Company operates through four segments: CTU, AIU, Culinary Arts and Transitional Group. Its University group consists of AIU and CTU, which serve students online with career-focused degree programs. Its Career Colleges Group consists of Culinary Arts and Transitional Group segments. The Culinary Arts segment includes Le Cordon Bleu institutions in North America (LCB), which offer hands-on educational programs in the career-oriented disciplines of culinary arts and patisserie and baking in the commercial-grade kitchens of Le Cordon Bleu.
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