Contrasting Strayer Education (STRA) and Four Seasons Edu (Cayman) (FEDU)

Strayer Education (NASDAQ: STRA) and Four Seasons Edu (Cayman) (NYSE:FEDU) are both small-cap consumer discretionary companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, dividends, earnings, risk, valuation, analyst recommendations and institutional ownership.

Profitability

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This table compares Strayer Education and Four Seasons Edu (Cayman)’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Strayer Education 4.53% 17.75% 11.52%
Four Seasons Edu (Cayman) N/A N/A N/A

Dividends

Strayer Education pays an annual dividend of $1.00 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.0%. Four Seasons Edu (Cayman) pays an annual dividend of $0.40 per share and has a dividend yield of 6.1%. Strayer Education pays out 32.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Strayer Education and Four Seasons Edu (Cayman)’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Strayer Education $454.85 million 2.57 $20.61 million $3.11 33.73
Four Seasons Edu (Cayman) $30.83 million 2.54 $2.68 million N/A N/A

Strayer Education has higher revenue and earnings than Four Seasons Edu (Cayman).

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and price targets for Strayer Education and Four Seasons Edu (Cayman), as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Strayer Education 0 0 3 0 3.00
Four Seasons Edu (Cayman) 0 0 0 0 N/A

Strayer Education presently has a consensus price target of $105.00, indicating a potential upside of 0.10%. Given Strayer Education’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Strayer Education is more favorable than Four Seasons Edu (Cayman).

Institutional & Insider Ownership

98.2% of Strayer Education shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 48.5% of Four Seasons Edu (Cayman) 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.

Summary

Strayer Education beats Four Seasons Edu (Cayman) on 10 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Strayer Education

Strayer Education, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides a range of post-secondary education and other academic programs in the United States. The company operates Strayer University that provides undergraduate and graduate degree programs in business administration, accounting, information technology, education, health services administration, nursing, public administration, and criminal justice to working adult students through its 74 physical campuses primarily located in the Mid-Atlantic and Southern regions, as well as through online. It also offers an executive MBA online through its Jack Welch Management Institute. In addition, the company operates New York Code and Design Academy that provides non-degree courses in Web and application software development primarily through its campus in New York City. Strayer Education, Inc. was founded in 1892 and is headquartered in Herndon, Virginia.

About Four Seasons Edu (Cayman)

Four Seasons Education (Cayman) Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides after-school education services for kindergarten, elementary, and middle school students in the People's Republic of China. The company also offers education and management consulting services. It operates 27 learning centers in Shanghai and 6 learning centers in other cities. The company was founded in 2007 and is headquartered in Shanghai, China.

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