Adtalem Global Education (NASDAQ: ATGE) and Capella Education (NASDAQ:CPLA) are both general education services companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, valuation, profitability, risk, dividends, earnings and institutional ownership.

Risk & Volatility

Adtalem Global Education has a beta of 0.95, indicating that its stock price is 5% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Capella Education has a beta of 0.39, indicating that its stock price is 61% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Adtalem Global Education and Capella Education’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Adtalem Global Education 9.76% 10.35% 7.63%
Capella Education 9.60% 19.21% 14.75%

Dividends

Capella Education pays an annual dividend of $1.64 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.9%. Adtalem Global Education does not pay a dividend. Capella Education pays out 46.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Adtalem Global Education and Capella Education’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Adtalem Global Education N/A N/A N/A $1.72 22.18
Capella Education $429.39 million 2.31 $42.96 million $3.54 24.07

Capella Education has higher revenue and earnings than Adtalem Global Education. Adtalem Global Education is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Capella Education, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

90.2% of Capella Education shares are held by institutional investors. 3.6% of Capella Education shares are held by company 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.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and target prices for Adtalem Global Education and Capella Education, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Adtalem Global Education 0 1 0 0 2.00
Capella Education 0 3 1 0 2.25

Adtalem Global Education currently has a consensus target price of $38.00, suggesting a potential downside of 0.39%. Capella Education has a consensus target price of $91.25, suggesting a potential upside of 7.10%. Given Capella Education’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Capella Education is more favorable than Adtalem Global Education.

Summary

Capella Education beats Adtalem Global Education on 10 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

Adtalem Global Education 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.

Capella Education Company Profile

Capella Education Company is an education services company. The Company provides direct path between learning and employment through its online postsecondary education offerings and through programs to develop job-ready skills for demand markets. The company’s segments include post-secondary segment and job-ready skills segment. The post-secondary segment has Capella University (the University) and Sophia Learning, LLC (Sophia). The job-ready skills segment has Capella Learning Solutions, LLC (CLS), Hackbright Academy, Inc. (Hackbright) and DevMountain, LLC (DevMountain). The Company’s program offers six markets, which include public service leadership; nursing and health sciences; social and behavioral sciences; business and technology; education and undergraduate studies. Capella University offers over 1,940 online courses and approximately 50 academic programs with approximately 150 specializations to approximately 38,000 learners.

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