Four Seasons Edu (Cayman) (NYSE: FEDU) and Strayer Education (NASDAQ:STRA) are both small-cap consumer discretionary companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, risk, valuation, earnings, dividends and profitability.
Earnings and Valuation
This table compares Four Seasons Edu (Cayman) and Strayer Education’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||Net Income||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|Four Seasons Edu (Cayman)||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Strayer Education||$454.85 million||2.49||$20.61 million||$2.88||35.25|
Four Seasons Edu (Cayman) pays an annual dividend of $0.40 per share and has a dividend yield of 5.5%. Strayer Education pays an annual dividend of $1.00 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.0%. Strayer Education pays out 34.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.
This is a summary of recent ratings for Four Seasons Edu (Cayman) and Strayer Education, as reported by MarketBeat.com.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
|Four Seasons Edu (Cayman)||0||0||0||0||N/A|
Strayer Education has a consensus price target of $101.00, suggesting a potential downside of 0.52%. Given Strayer Education’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Strayer Education is more favorable than Four Seasons Edu (Cayman).
Insider and Institutional Ownership
48.5% of Four Seasons Edu (Cayman) shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 98.2% of Strayer Education shares are owned by institutional investors. 6.7% of Strayer Education shares 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.
This table compares Four Seasons Edu (Cayman) and Strayer Education’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
|Four Seasons Edu (Cayman)||N/A||N/A||N/A|
Strayer Education beats Four Seasons Edu (Cayman) on 8 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.
About Four Seasons Edu (Cayman)
Four Seasons Education (Cayman) Inc. is engaged in providing after-school math education service for elementary school students in Shanghai. The Company’s courses are divided into elementary school programs and middle school and kindergarten programs. Elementary school programs account for a majority of its students. The Company offers three elementary school programs: standard programs, Ivy programs and special programs. Standard programs, which offer courses through five standard programs for students of different aptitude levels for each elementary school grade level. Ivy programs offer personalized classes addressing students’ specific needs such as individualized competition preparation and topic review. Students and parents can tailor standard program course parameters such as difficulty of content, pace and class size. Special programs include short-term, intensive competition workshops, courses delivered to K-12 schools and classes on specific math topics.
About Strayer Education
Strayer Education, Inc. is an education services holding company. The Company provides post-secondary education and other academic programs, through its subsidiaries, Strayer University (the University) and New York Code and Design Academy (NYCDA). As of December 31, 2016, the University offered undergraduate and graduate degree programs in business administration, accounting, information technology, education, health services administration, nursing, public administration and criminal justice at 74 physical campuses located in the Mid-Atlantic and Southern regions of the United States, and online. The University also offers an executive Master of Business Administration (MBA) online through its Jack Welch Management Institute. Its subsidiary, NYCDA, provides non-degree courses in Web and application software development, primarily at its campus in New York City. Each undergraduate degree program includes courses in oral and written communication skills, as well as mathematics.
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