Reviewing Apollo Education Group (APOL) and TAL Education Group (TAL)

TAL Education Group (NYSE: TAL) and Apollo Education Group (NASDAQ:APOL) are both non-cyclical consumer goods & services companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, dividends, earnings, risk, valuation and profitability.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares TAL Education Group and Apollo Education Group’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
TAL Education Group $1.04 billion 14.57 $116.88 million $0.25 124.32
Apollo Education Group N/A N/A N/A ($0.13) -76.85

TAL Education Group has higher revenue and earnings than Apollo Education Group. Apollo Education Group is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than TAL Education Group, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Profitability

This table compares TAL Education Group and Apollo Education Group’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
TAL Education Group 9.90% 18.17% 6.62%
Apollo Education Group 0.66% 1.53% 0.65%

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current recommendations for TAL Education Group and Apollo Education Group, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
TAL Education Group 0 3 6 0 2.67
Apollo Education Group 0 0 0 0 N/A

TAL Education Group presently has a consensus target price of $30.72, indicating a potential downside of 1.16%. Given TAL Education Group’s higher probable upside, equities research analysts plainly believe TAL Education Group is more favorable than Apollo Education Group.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

51.3% of TAL Education Group shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 73.3% of Apollo Education Group shares are held by institutional investors. 4.8% of Apollo Education Group shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

TAL Education Group beats Apollo Education Group on 8 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

About TAL Education Group

TAL Education Group is a holding company for a group of companies engaged in provision of after-school tutoring programs for primary and secondary school students in the People’s Republic of China (the PRC). The Company is a K-12 after-school tutoring services provider in China. The Company’s Xueersi Peiyou small classes course consists of approximately four semesters, which include approximately two school semesters in Spring and Fall, and approximately two holiday semesters in summer and winter. It operates a Website, www.jzb.com, which is an online education platform in China. It offers personalized premium services under its Zhikang brand. It offers online courses through www.xueersi.com. Through www.xueersi.com, the Company offers online courses on mathematics, English, Chinese, physics, chemistry, biology and other subjects. It also offers select online courses through other Websites. The Company has over 10 call centers in Beijing, Shanghai, Tianjin, Guangzhou and Shenzhen.

About Apollo Education Group

Apollo Education Group, Inc. is a United States-based education provider. The Company offers undergraduate, graduate, certificate and non-degree educational programs and services, online and on-campus, to working adults in the United States and abroad. Its segments include University of Phoenix, Apollo Global and Other. The University of Phoenix segment offers undergraduate and graduate degrees through its colleges and schools in a range of program areas, as well as various non-degree programs. Primarily, the University of Phoenix’s students attend classes online. It also offers educational programs and services at ground locations throughout the United States. The Apollo Global segment includes its institutions based outside the United States and its corporate operations. The Other segment includes College for Financial Planning Institutes Corporation; Western International University, Inc.; TIY Academy, LLC; Apollo Professional Development, and Apollo corporate activities.

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