Grand Canyon Education (LOPE) and Aspen Group (ASPU) Head-To-Head Survey

Grand Canyon Education (NASDAQ: LOPE) and Aspen Group (NASDAQ:ASPU) are both consumer discretionary companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, valuation, profitability, dividends, earnings, institutional ownership and risk.

Volatility & Risk

Grand Canyon Education has a beta of 1.2, suggesting that its stock price is 20% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Aspen Group has a beta of 0.74, suggesting that its stock price is 26% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Grand Canyon Education and Aspen Group’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Grand Canyon Education 22.07% 22.00% 16.33%
Aspen Group -21.59% -35.74% -18.98%

Institutional and Insider Ownership

95.7% of Grand Canyon Education shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 5.8% of Aspen Group shares are owned by institutional investors. 2.4% of Grand Canyon Education shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 26.3% of Aspen Group shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings for Grand Canyon Education and Aspen Group, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Grand Canyon Education 0 0 4 0 3.00
Aspen Group 0 1 2 0 2.67

Grand Canyon Education presently has a consensus target price of $107.75, indicating a potential downside of 1.89%. Aspen Group has a consensus target price of $12.13, indicating a potential upside of 43.32%. Given Aspen Group’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Aspen Group is more favorable than Grand Canyon Education.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Grand Canyon Education and Aspen Group’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Grand Canyon Education $974.13 million 5.43 $203.31 million $3.96 27.72
Aspen Group $14.25 million 10.89 -$1.10 million ($0.10) -84.60

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

Summary

Grand Canyon Education beats Aspen Group on 11 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Grand Canyon Education

Grand Canyon Education, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides education services in the United States and Canada. The company operates Grand Canyon University that offers approximately 225 graduate and undergraduate degree programs and certificates across 9 colleges online and on ground through campus in Phoenix, Arizona; leased facilities; and facilities owned by third party employers. As of December 31, 2017, it had approximately 90,300 students enrolled in its programs. The company was founded in 1949 and is based in Phoenix, Arizona.

About Aspen Group

Aspen Group, Inc. provides online higher education services in the United States. The company offers certificate programs; and associate, bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degree programs in a range of areas, including nursing, business, education, technology, and professional studies. As of April 30, 2017, it had 4,681 degree-seeking students enrolled. The company was founded in 1987 and is headquartered in Denver, Colorado.

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