Head to Head Review: National American University Holdngs (NAUH) versus Grand Canyon Education (LOPE)

National American University Holdngs (NASDAQ:NAUH) and Grand Canyon Education (NASDAQ:LOPE) are both consumer discretionary companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, analyst recommendations, risk, valuation, profitability, institutional ownership and earnings.

Profitability

This table compares National American University Holdngs and Grand Canyon Education’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
National American University Holdngs -18.08% -74.20% -27.35%
Grand Canyon Education 22.28% 21.38% 16.08%

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares National American University Holdngs and Grand Canyon Education’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
National American University Holdngs $77.18 million 0.17 -$12.16 million N/A N/A
Grand Canyon Education $974.13 million 6.40 $203.31 million $3.96 32.66

Grand Canyon Education has higher revenue and earnings than National American University Holdngs.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

13.2% of National American University Holdngs shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 93.9% of Grand Canyon Education shares are held by institutional investors. 56.6% of National American University Holdngs shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 2.4% of Grand Canyon Education shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Volatility & Risk

National American University Holdngs has a beta of 0.38, indicating that its share price is 62% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Grand Canyon Education has a beta of 0.79, indicating that its share price is 21% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings for National American University Holdngs and Grand Canyon Education, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
National American University Holdngs 0 0 0 0 N/A
Grand Canyon Education 0 0 4 0 3.00

Grand Canyon Education has a consensus target price of $133.00, indicating a potential upside of 2.82%. Given Grand Canyon Education’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Grand Canyon Education is more favorable than National American University Holdngs.

Summary

Grand Canyon Education beats National American University Holdngs on 10 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

National American University Holdngs Company Profile

National American University Holdings, Inc. owns and operates National American University (NAU) that provides professional and technical postsecondary education primarily for working adults and other non-traditional students in the United States. It operates in two segments, NAU and Other. The company offers diploma, associate, baccalaureate, master's, and doctoral degree programs in business-related disciplines, such as accounting, management, business administration, and information technology; healthcare-related disciplines, including occupational therapy, medical assisting, nursing, surgical technology, and healthcare information and management; legal-related disciplines comprising paralegal, criminal justice, and professional legal studies; and higher education. It also provides courseware development, technical support, and online class hosting services to various colleges, technical schools, and training institutions in the United States and Canada. As of July 31, 2018, the company operated through 33 educational sites in Colorado, Indiana, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, South Dakota, and Texas; and distance learning service centers and administration offices in Rapid City, South Dakota, as well as through the Internet. In addition, it engages in the real estate business, which rents apartment units; and develops and sells condominium units in the Fairway Hills Planned Residential Development area of Rapid City, South Dakota. The company was founded in 1941 and is headquartered in Rapid City, South Dakota.

Grand Canyon Education Company Profile

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.

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