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 related businesses based on the strength of its institutional ownership, earnings, profitability, risk, valuation, analyst recommendations and dividends.

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 insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Volatility and Risk

Bright Scholar Education Holdngs has a beta of 1.34, indicating that its stock 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 stock price is 61% less volatile than the S&P 500.

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% -24.79% -4.89%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current recommendations for Bright Scholar Education Holdngs and its peers, as reported 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 178 721 802 25 2.39

Bright Scholar Education Holdngs presently has a consensus price target of $17.00, suggesting a potential upside of 30.67%. As a group, “Educational services” companies have a potential upside of 24.88%. Given Bright Scholar Education Holdngs’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities research analysts clearly believe Bright Scholar Education Holdngs is more favorable than its peers.

Valuation and Earnings

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

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Bright Scholar Education Holdngs $201.61 million $26.11 million 52.04
Bright Scholar Education Holdngs Competitors $505.28 million $24.86 million 12.31

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.

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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