Head to Head Comparison: Lincoln Educational Services Corporation (NASDAQ:LINC) & Apollo Education Group (APOL)

Lincoln Educational Services Corporation (NASDAQ: LINC) and Apollo Education Group (NASDAQ:APOL) are both consumer discretionary companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, profitability, analyst recommendations, dividends, institutional ownership, valuation and risk.

Profitability

This table compares Lincoln Educational Services Corporation and Apollo Education Group’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Lincoln Educational Services Corporation -16.19% -22.20% -7.79%
Apollo Education Group 0.66% 1.53% 0.65%

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Lincoln Educational Services Corporation and Apollo Education Group’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Lincoln Educational Services Corporation $185.33 million 0.39 $6.16 million ($1.55) -1.90
Apollo Education Group N/A N/A N/A ($0.19) -52.61

Lincoln Educational Services Corporation has higher revenue and earnings than Apollo Education Group. Apollo Education Group is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Lincoln Educational Services Corporation, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Volatility & Risk

Lincoln Educational Services Corporation has a beta of 2.77, suggesting that its stock price is 177% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Apollo Education Group has a beta of 0.85, suggesting that its stock price is 15% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations for Lincoln Educational Services Corporation and Apollo Education Group, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Lincoln Educational Services Corporation 0 0 0 0 N/A
Apollo Education Group 0 0 1 0 3.00

Institutional & Insider Ownership

62.6% of Lincoln Educational Services Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 73.3% of Apollo Education Group shares are owned by institutional investors. 6.1% of Lincoln Educational Services Corporation shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 4.8% of Apollo Education Group shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

Apollo Education Group beats Lincoln Educational Services Corporation on 6 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Lincoln Educational Services Corporation

Lincoln Educational Services Corporation is a provider of post-secondary education. The Company operates in two segments: Transportation and Skilled Trades, and Transitional. The Transportation and Skilled Trades segment offers academic programs in the disciplines of transportation and skilled trades (automotive, diesel, heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC), welding and manufacturing). The Transitional segment includes operations that are being phased out and consists of its campus that is being taught out. It offers programs in automotive technology, skilled trades, which include HVAC, welding and computerized numerical control and electronic systems technology; healthcare services, which include nursing, dental assistant and pharmacy technician; hospitality services, which include culinary, therapeutic massage, cosmetology and aesthetics, and business and information technology, which includes information technology and criminal justice programs.

About Apollo Education Group

Apollo Education Group, Inc. is a United States-based education provider. The Company offers undergraduate, graduate, certificate and non-degree educational programs and services, online and on-campus, to working adults in the United States and abroad. Its segments include University of Phoenix, Apollo Global and Other. The University of Phoenix segment offers undergraduate and graduate degrees through its colleges and schools in a range of program areas, as well as various non-degree programs. Primarily, the University of Phoenix’s students attend classes online. It also offers educational programs and services at ground locations throughout the United States. The Apollo Global segment includes its institutions based outside the United States and its corporate operations. The Other segment includes College for Financial Planning Institutes Corporation; Western International University, Inc.; TIY Academy, LLC; Apollo Professional Development, and Apollo corporate activities.

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