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

Volatility & Risk

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

Earnings and Valuation

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

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Bright Scholar Education Holdngs $201.61 million $26.11 million 48.12
Bright Scholar Education Holdngs Competitors $505.28 million $24.86 million 12.66

Bright Scholar Education Holdngs’ peers 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 peers, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

13.2% of Bright Scholar Education Holdngs shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 59.5% of shares of all “Educational services” companies are held by institutional investors. 22.3% of shares of all “Educational services” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares Bright Scholar Education Holdngs and its peers’ 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 -10.03% -24.93% -4.90%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current recommendations and price targets for Bright Scholar Education Holdngs and its peers, as reported by MarketBeat.

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 178 724 802 25 2.39

Bright Scholar Education Holdngs presently has a consensus target price of $17.00, suggesting a potential upside of 41.31%. As a group, “Educational services” companies have a potential upside of 26.65%. Given Bright Scholar Education Holdngs’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, research analysts clearly believe Bright Scholar Education Holdngs is more favorable than its peers.

Summary

Bright Scholar Education Holdngs beats its peers 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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