Laureate Education (NASDAQ: LAUR) and Nord Anglia Education (NYSE:NORD) are both consumer discretionary companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, profitability, institutional ownership, risk, dividends, valuation and earnings.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Laureate Education N/A N/A N/A
Nord Anglia Education 4.26% 12.59% 2.09%

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and recommmendations for Laureate Education and Nord Anglia Education, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Laureate Education 0 3 10 0 2.77
Nord Anglia Education 1 5 2 0 2.13

Laureate Education currently has a consensus price target of $17.28, suggesting a potential upside of 19.97%. Nord Anglia Education has a consensus price target of $30.50, suggesting a potential downside of 6.36%. Given Laureate Education’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Laureate Education is more favorable than Nord Anglia Education.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

20.8% of Laureate Education shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 30.8% of Nord Anglia Education shares are owned by institutional investors. 13.1% of Laureate Education shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Earnings & Valuation

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

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Laureate Education $4.24 billion 0.57 $648.36 million N/A N/A
Nord Anglia Education $907.80 million 3.73 $173.60 million $0.57 57.14

Laureate Education has higher revenue and earnings than Nord Anglia Education.

About Laureate Education

Laureate Education, Inc. provides higher education programs and services to students through an international network of licensed universities and higher education institutions (institutions). The Company’s programs are provided through institutions that are campus-based and Internet-based, or through electronically distributed educational programs (online). It offers its educational services through six segments: Brazil; Mexico; Andean and Iberian; Central America and United States (U.S.) Campuses; Online and Partnerships; and Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific (EMEAA). Its institutions also offer an education that emphasizes professional-oriented fields of study with undergraduate and graduate degrees in a wide range of disciplines. As of June 30, 2017, the Company’s global network of 69 institutions comprised 57 institutions it owned or controlled, and an additional 12 institutions that it managed or with which it had other relationships.

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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