Bright Scholar Education Holdngs (NYSE: BEDU) is one of 43 publicly-traded companies in the “Educational services” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its competitors? We will compare Bright Scholar Education Holdngs to similar businesses based on the strength of its dividends, analyst recommendations, risk, profitability, earnings, valuation and institutional ownership.

Profitability

This table compares Bright Scholar Education Holdngs and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Bright Scholar Education Holdngs 14.37% 12.61% 7.75%
Bright Scholar Education Holdngs Competitors -10.05% -24.81% -4.90%

Insider & Institutional Ownership

13.2% of Bright Scholar Education Holdngs shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 54.9% of shares of all “Educational services” companies are owned by institutional investors. 24.4% of shares of all “Educational services” companies are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Bright Scholar Education Holdngs and its competitors gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Bright Scholar Education Holdngs $201.61 million $26.11 million 47.44
Bright Scholar Education Holdngs Competitors $505.28 million $24.86 million 10.80

Bright Scholar Education Holdngs’ competitors have higher revenue, but lower earnings than Bright Scholar Education Holdngs. Bright Scholar Education Holdngs 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.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current recommendations for Bright Scholar Education Holdngs and its competitors, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Bright Scholar Education Holdngs 0 0 3 0 3.00
Bright Scholar Education Holdngs Competitors 176 715 802 24 2.39

Bright Scholar Education Holdngs currently has a consensus price target of $17.00, indicating a potential upside of 43.34%. As a group, “Educational services” companies have a potential upside of 26.69%. Given Bright Scholar Education Holdngs’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, research analysts plainly believe Bright Scholar Education Holdngs is more favorable than its competitors.

Volatility and Risk

Bright Scholar Education Holdngs has a beta of 1.34, meaning that its stock price is 34% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Bright Scholar Education Holdngs’ competitors have a beta of 0.39, meaning that their average stock price is 61% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Bright Scholar Education Holdngs beats its competitors on 9 of the 13 factors compared.

Bright Scholar Education Holdngs Company Profile

Bright Scholar Education Holdings Limited operates K-12 schools in China. Its schools comprise international schools, bilingual schools, and kindergartens. The company also offers a range of complementary education services, including international camps and after-school programs. As of May 31, 2018, it had a network of 67 schools with approximately 35,275 students. The company was founded in 1994 and is based in Foshan, China.

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