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

Insider and Institutional Ownership

28.4% of Laureate Education shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 72.5% of shares of all “General Education Services” companies are held by institutional investors. 13.1% of Laureate Education shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 14.2% of shares of all “General Education Services” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Laureate Education -1.47% -2.66% -0.45%
Laureate Education Competitors 0.41% -0.85% 1.60%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for Laureate Education and its peers, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Laureate Education 0 3 10 0 2.77
Laureate Education Competitors 66 463 476 5 2.42

Laureate Education presently has a consensus target price of $16.82, indicating a potential upside of 37.50%. As a group, “General Education Services” companies have a potential upside of 9.88%. Given Laureate Education’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities analysts plainly believe Laureate Education is more favorable than its peers.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Laureate Education and its peers top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Laureate Education $4.24 billion $371.84 million -8.05
Laureate Education Competitors $897.39 million $60.39 million -0.08

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

Summary

Laureate Education peers beat Laureate Education on 6 of the 11 factors compared.

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.

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