Contrasting National American University Holdngs (NASDAQ:NAUH) & Lincoln Educational Services (NASDAQ:LINC)

National American University Holdngs (NASDAQ:NAUH) and Lincoln Educational Services (NASDAQ:LINC) are both small-cap consumer discretionary companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, risk, profitability, dividends, earnings, valuation and institutional ownership.

Risk & Volatility

National American University Holdngs has a beta of 0.98, indicating that its share price is 2% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Lincoln Educational Services has a beta of 0.75, indicating that its share price is 25% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares National American University Holdngs and Lincoln Educational Services’ revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
National American University Holdngs $77.18 million 0.02 -$12.16 million N/A N/A
Lincoln Educational Services $263.20 million 0.18 -$6.55 million ($0.27) -7.07

Lincoln Educational Services has higher revenue and earnings than National American University Holdngs.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and target prices for National American University Holdngs and Lincoln Educational Services, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
National American University Holdngs 0 0 0 0 N/A
Lincoln Educational Services 0 0 1 0 3.00

Lincoln Educational Services has a consensus target price of $3.50, indicating a potential upside of 83.25%. Given Lincoln Educational Services’ higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Lincoln Educational Services is more favorable than National American University Holdngs.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

13.2% of National American University Holdngs shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 63.5% of Lincoln Educational Services shares are held by institutional investors. 56.6% of National American University Holdngs shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 6.3% of Lincoln Educational Services shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares National American University Holdngs and Lincoln Educational Services’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
National American University Holdngs -30.34% -134.09% -45.35%
Lincoln Educational Services -1.94% -14.22% -3.80%

Summary

Lincoln Educational Services beats National American University Holdngs on 9 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

About National American University Holdngs

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.

About Lincoln Educational Services

Lincoln Educational Services Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, provides various career-oriented post-secondary education services to high school graduates and working adults in the United States. The company operates in three segments: Transportation and Skilled Trades; Healthcare and Other Professions; and Transitional. It offers associate's degree, and diploma and certificate programs in automotive technology, skilled trades, healthcare services, hospitality services, and information technology areas. The company operates 22 schools in 14 states under the Lincoln Technical Institute, Lincoln College of Technology, Lincoln Culinary Institute, Euphoria Institute of Beauty Arts and Sciences, and associated brand names. As of December 31, 2018, it had 10,525 students enrolled. Lincoln Educational Services Corporation was founded in 1946 and is headquartered in West Orange, New Jersey.

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