DeVry Education Group (NYSE: ATGE) is one of 20 public companies in the “General Education Services” industry, but how does it compare to its competitors? We will compare DeVry Education Group to related businesses based on the strength of its risk, profitability, valuation, dividends, earnings, analyst recommendations and institutional ownership.

Dividends

DeVry Education Group pays an annual dividend of $0.18 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.5%. DeVry Education Group pays out 9.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “General Education Services” companies pay a dividend yield of 1.5% and pay out 34.6% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and price targets for DeVry Education Group and its competitors, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
DeVry Education Group 0 2 2 0 2.50
DeVry Education Group Competitors 62 443 456 2 2.41

DeVry Education Group currently has a consensus target price of $35.67, suggesting a potential downside of 0.93%. As a group, “General Education Services” companies have a potential upside of 5.16%. Given DeVry Education Group’s competitors higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe DeVry Education Group has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares DeVry Education Group and its competitors gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
DeVry Education Group $1.81 billion $313.39 million 18.85
DeVry Education Group Competitors $909.14 million $144.34 million 5.12

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

Insider & Institutional Ownership

71.8% of shares of all “General Education Services” companies are held by institutional investors. 3.0% of DeVry Education Group shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 15.0% of shares of all “General Education Services” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares DeVry Education Group and its competitors’ 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%
DeVry Education Group Competitors 0.80% 0.13% 2.03%

Volatility & Risk

DeVry Education Group has a beta of 0.84, suggesting that its stock price is 16% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, DeVry Education Group’s competitors have a beta of 1.14, suggesting that their average stock price is 14% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

DeVry Education Group beats its competitors on 9 of the 15 factors compared.

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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