Nord Anglia Education (NYSE: NORD) is one of 22 public companies in the “General Education Services” industry, but how does it contrast to its peers? We will compare Nord Anglia Education to related companies based on the strength of its analyst recommendations, profitability, earnings, dividends, institutional ownership, valuation and risk.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

30.8% of Nord Anglia Education shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 66.7% of shares of all “General Education Services” companies are held by institutional investors. 13.9% of shares of all “General Education Services” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Risk & Volatility

Nord Anglia Education has a beta of 0.96, indicating that its share price is 4% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Nord Anglia Education’s peers have a beta of 1.10, indicating that their average share price is 10% more volatile than the S&P 500.

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 0.83% 0.20% 2.07%

Earnings and Valuation

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

Gross Revenue NetIncome Price/Earnings Ratio
Nord Anglia Education N/A N/A 84.21
Nord Anglia Education Competitors $963.13 million $64.88 million 37.69

Nord Anglia Education’s peers have higher revenue and 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.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and target prices for Nord Anglia Education and its peers, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Nord Anglia Education 1 5 2 0 2.13
Nord Anglia Education Competitors 64 450 464 3 2.41

Nord Anglia Education currently has a consensus price target of $30.50, suggesting a potential downside of 36.46%. As a group, “General Education Services” companies have a potential upside of 9.89%. Given Nord Anglia Education’s peers stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly 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 11 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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