Career Education Corporation (NASDAQ: CECO) is one of 19 publicly-traded companies in the “General Education Services” industry, but how does it compare to its peers? We will compare Career Education Corporation to related companies based on the strength of its institutional ownership, valuation, analyst recommendations, earnings, profitability, dividends and risk.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent recommendations and price targets for Career Education Corporation and its peers, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Career Education Corporation 0 1 1 0 2.50
Career Education Corporation Competitors 95 525 484 10 2.37

Career Education Corporation presently has a consensus price target of $13.00, indicating a potential upside of 20.93%. As a group, “General Education Services” companies have a potential downside of 1.28%. Given Career Education Corporation’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities research analysts plainly believe Career Education Corporation is more favorable than its peers.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Career Education Corporation and its peers gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Career Education Corporation $631.21 million $42.44 million -29.86
Career Education Corporation Competitors $686.93 million $110.71 million 4.42

Career Education Corporation’s peers have higher revenue and earnings than Career Education Corporation. Career Education Corporation is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Volatility and Risk

Career Education Corporation has a beta of 2.71, meaning that its stock price is 171% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Career Education Corporation’s peers have a beta of 1.14, meaning that their average stock price is 14% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

75.4% of Career Education Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 76.9% of shares of all “General Education Services” companies are held by institutional investors. 4.9% of Career Education Corporation shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 15.2% of shares of all “General Education Services” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Career Education Corporation -3.82% 3.73% 2.35%
Career Education Corporation Competitors 0.80% 0.19% 2.06%

About Career Education Corporation

Career Education Corporation, through its colleges, institutions and universities, offers education to students in a range of career-oriented disciplines through online, on-ground and hybrid learning programs. The Company’s American InterContinental University (AIU) and Colorado Technical University (CTU) provide degree programs through the master’s or doctoral level as well as associate and bachelor’s levels. The Company operates through four segments: CTU, AIU, Culinary Arts and Transitional Group. Its University group consists of AIU and CTU, which serve students online with career-focused degree programs. Its Career Colleges Group consists of Culinary Arts and Transitional Group segments. The Culinary Arts segment includes Le Cordon Bleu institutions in North America (LCB), which offer hands-on educational programs in the career-oriented disciplines of culinary arts and patisserie and baking in the commercial-grade kitchens of Le Cordon Bleu.

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