Critical Comparison: Bridgepoint Education (BPI) versus The Competition
Bridgepoint Education (NYSE: BPI) is one of 20 publicly-traded companies in the “General Education Services” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its rivals? We will compare Bridgepoint Education to similar businesses based on the strength of its analyst recommendations, valuation, risk, earnings, institutional ownership, dividends and profitability.
Institutional and Insider Ownership
92.8% of Bridgepoint Education shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 66.6% of shares of all “General Education Services” companies are owned by institutional investors. 41.5% of Bridgepoint Education shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 13.9% of shares of all “General Education Services” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.
This table compares Bridgepoint Education and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
|Bridgepoint Education Competitors||0.80%||0.13%||2.03%|
This is a breakdown of recent ratings for Bridgepoint Education and its rivals, as reported by MarketBeat.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
|Bridgepoint Education Competitors||61||441||455||2||2.42|
Bridgepoint Education presently has a consensus price target of $14.00, suggesting a potential upside of 44.93%. As a group, “General Education Services” companies have a potential upside of 3.72%. Given Bridgepoint Education’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Bridgepoint Education is more favorable than its rivals.
Risk & Volatility
Bridgepoint Education has a beta of 2.19, meaning that its stock price is 119% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Bridgepoint Education’s rivals have a beta of 1.14, meaning that their average stock price is 14% more volatile than the S&P 500.
Earnings & Valuation
This table compares Bridgepoint Education and its rivals top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||EBITDA||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|Bridgepoint Education||$510.19 million||$33.22 million||-160.97|
|Bridgepoint Education Competitors||$909.14 million||$144.34 million||5.06|
Bridgepoint Education’s rivals have higher revenue and earnings than Bridgepoint Education. Bridgepoint Education is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its rivals, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.
About Bridgepoint Education
Bridgepoint Education, Inc. (Bridgepoint) is a provider of postsecondary education services. The Company’s academic institutions include Ashford University and University of the Rockies. Bridgepoint’s institutions conduct ongoing faculty and student assessment processes, and provide a range of student services. It offers Constellation, its learning platform, Waypoint Outcomes, its assessment software, and its mobile application technology. As of December 31, 2016, its institutions offered over 1,200 courses and over 80 degree programs. Ashford University offers associate’s, bachelor’s and master’s degree programs online. Ashford University comprises four colleges: the Forbes School of Business and Technology, the College of Education, the College of Health, Human Services and Science, and the College of Liberal Arts. University of the Rockies is a graduate institution that offers master’s and doctoral degree programs in the social and behavioral sciences.
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