Analyzing Career Education (NASDAQ:CECO) and Afya (NASDAQ:AFYA)

Career Education (NASDAQ:CECO) and Afya (NASDAQ:AFYA) are both consumer discretionary companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, risk, valuation, earnings, dividends and profitability.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

85.7% of Career Education shares are held by institutional investors. 5.6% of Career Education shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Career Education and Afya’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Career Education $581.30 million 2.65 $55.18 million $1.05 20.92
Afya N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

Career Education has higher revenue and earnings than Afya.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings for Career Education and Afya, as reported by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Career Education 0 0 2 0 3.00
Afya 0 1 3 0 2.75

Career Education presently has a consensus price target of $25.00, suggesting a potential upside of 13.79%. Afya has a consensus price target of $29.55, suggesting a potential upside of 4.45%. Given Career Education’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Career Education is more favorable than Afya.


This table compares Career Education and Afya’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Career Education 8.78% 25.42% 18.18%
Afya N/A N/A N/A


Career Education beats Afya on 8 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

Career Education Company Profile

Career Education Corporation operates colleges, institutions, and universities that provide education to student population in various career-oriented disciplines through online, campus based, and blended learning programs in the United States. The company operates through three segments: Colorado Technical University (CTU), American InterContinental University (AIU), and All Other Campuses. Its colleges and universities include AIU, CTU, Le Cordon Bleu institutions, Briarcliffe College, and Sanford-Brown College. The company offers doctoral, master's, bachelor's, and associate degrees, as well as diploma and certificate programs. It also provides academic programs in the career-oriented disciplines of business studies, nursing, computer science, engineering, information systems and technologies, cybersecurity, and healthcare management, as well as information technologies, and education and criminal justice; and educational programs in culinary arts, as well as patisserie and baking. As of December 31, 2017, the company had a total student enrollment of approximately 34,800 students. Career Education Corporation was founded in 1994 and is headquartered in Schaumburg, Illinois.

Afya Company Profile

Afya Limited, through its subsidiaries, operates as a medical education group in Brazil. The company provides educational products and services, including medical schools, medical residency preparatory courses, graduate courses, and other programs to lifelong medical learners enrolled across its distribution network, as well as to third-party medical schools. It offers health sciences courses, which comprise medicine, dentistry, nursing, radiology, psychology, pharmacy, physical education, physiotherapy, nutrition, and biomedicine; and degree programs and courses in other subjects and disciplines, including undergraduate and post graduate courses in business administration, accounting, law, physical education, civil engineering, industrial engineering, and pedagogy. In addition, the company provides medical preparatory courses and other continuing medical education services through its online platform; and develops and sells electronically distributed educational courses on medicine science, and related printed and technological educational content. As of June 24, 2019, its network consisted of 23 operating campuses, 21 of which are undergraduate and graduate medical school campuses. The company was founded in 1999 and is headquartered in Nova Lima, Brazil.

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