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

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Nord Anglia Education 4.26% 12.59% 2.09%
Nord Anglia Education Competitors 0.80% 0.13% 2.03%

Volatility and Risk

Nord Anglia Education has a beta of 0.96, suggesting that its stock price is 4% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Nord Anglia Education’s peers have a beta of 1.14, suggesting that their average stock price is 14% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Nord Anglia Education and its peers revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Nord Anglia Education $907.80 million $173.60 million 57.14
Nord Anglia Education Competitors $909.14 million $144.34 million 4.53

Nord Anglia Education’s peers have higher revenue, but lower earnings than Nord Anglia Education. Nord Anglia Education 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

30.8% of Nord Anglia Education shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 66.6% of shares of all “General Education Services” companies are owned by institutional investors. 13.9% of shares of all “General Education Services” companies are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent recommendations and price targets for Nord Anglia Education and its peers, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Nord Anglia Education 1 5 2 0 2.13
Nord Anglia Education Competitors 61 438 454 2 2.42

Nord Anglia Education currently has a consensus target price of $30.50, indicating a potential downside of 6.36%. As a group, “General Education Services” companies have a potential upside of 2.03%. Given Nord Anglia Education’s peers stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Nord Anglia Education has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Summary

Nord Anglia Education peers beat Nord Anglia Education on 8 of the 13 factors compared.

About Nord Anglia Education

Nord Anglia Education, Inc. is an operator of international schools. As of August 31, 2016, the Company taught over 37,000 students, from kindergarten through the end of secondary school (K-12), at its 43 schools in China, Europe, the Middle East, South East Asia and North America. The Company’s segments include China, Europe, Middle East (ME), Southeast Asia (SEA), North America and Other. The China segment includes its activities in the People’s Republic of China and the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. The Europe segment includes the Company’s activities in Switzerland, Slovakia, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Spain and Poland. The ME segment includes the Company’s activities in the United Arab Emirates and Qatar. The SEA segment includes the Company’s activities in Thailand, Singapore, Cambodia and Vietnam. The North America segment includes the Company’s activities in the United States and Mexico. The Other segment includes the Learning Services division.

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