Grand Canyon Education (NASDAQ: LOPE) is one of 20 public companies in the “General Education Services” industry, but how does it compare to its peers? We will compare Grand Canyon Education to related companies based on the strength of its institutional ownership, valuation, dividends, analyst recommendations, profitability, earnings and risk.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Grand Canyon Education and its peers top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Grand Canyon Education $921.61 million $310.30 million 24.65
Grand Canyon Education Competitors $909.14 million $144.34 million 4.41

Grand Canyon Education has higher revenue and earnings than its peers. Grand Canyon Education is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Volatility and Risk

Grand Canyon Education has a beta of 1.39, indicating that its share price is 39% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Grand Canyon Education’s peers have a beta of 1.14, indicating that their average share price is 14% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and target prices for Grand Canyon Education and its peers, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Grand Canyon Education 0 0 3 0 3.00
Grand Canyon Education Competitors 61 437 454 2 2.42

Grand Canyon Education currently has a consensus target price of $82.33, suggesting a potential downside of 7.72%. As a group, “General Education Services” companies have a potential upside of 4.50%. Given Grand Canyon Education’s peers higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Grand Canyon Education has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Profitability

This table compares Grand Canyon Education and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Grand Canyon Education 18.77% 21.77% 15.47%
Grand Canyon Education Competitors 0.80% 0.13% 2.03%

Institutional & Insider Ownership

96.6% of Grand Canyon Education shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 66.6% of shares of all “General Education Services” companies are owned by institutional investors. 3.0% of Grand Canyon Education shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 13.9% of shares of all “General Education Services” companies are owned 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 its peers on 10 of the 13 factors compared.

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.

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