Head to Head Contrast: Career Education Corporation (CECO) vs. Its Peers

Career Education Corporation (NASDAQ: CECO) is one of 20 public companies in the “General Education Services” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its rivals? We will compare Career Education Corporation to similar companies based on the strength of its profitability, valuation, risk, earnings, dividends, institutional ownership and analyst recommendations.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations for Career Education Corporation and its rivals, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Career Education Corporation 0 1 1 0 2.50
Career Education Corporation Competitors 61 441 455 2 2.42

Career Education Corporation presently has a consensus target price of $13.00, suggesting a potential upside of 25.00%. As a group, “General Education Services” companies have a potential upside of 1.90%. Given Career Education Corporation’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities analysts clearly believe Career Education Corporation is more favorable than its rivals.

Volatility and Risk

Career Education Corporation has a beta of 2.71, suggesting that its stock price is 171% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Career Education Corporation’s rivals have a beta of 1.14, suggesting that their average stock price is 14% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

75.4% of Career Education Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 71.8% of shares of all “General Education Services” companies are held by institutional investors. 4.9% of Career Education Corporation shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 15.0% of shares of all “General Education Services” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Career Education Corporation and its rivals gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Career Education Corporation $631.21 million $42.44 million -28.89
Career Education Corporation Competitors $909.14 million $144.34 million 4.92

Career Education Corporation’s rivals have higher revenue and earnings than Career Education Corporation. Career Education Corporation is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its rivals, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.


This table compares Career Education Corporation and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Career Education Corporation -3.82% 3.73% 2.35%
Career Education Corporation Competitors 0.80% 0.13% 2.03%


Career Education Corporation beats its rivals on 7 of the 12 factors compared.

Career Education Corporation Company Profile

Career Education Corporation, through its colleges, institutions and universities, offers education to students in a range of career-oriented disciplines through online, on-ground and hybrid learning programs. The Company’s American InterContinental University (AIU) and Colorado Technical University (CTU) provide degree programs through the master’s or doctoral level as well as associate and bachelor’s levels. The Company operates through four segments: CTU, AIU, Culinary Arts and Transitional Group. Its University group consists of AIU and CTU, which serve students online with career-focused degree programs. Its Career Colleges Group consists of Culinary Arts and Transitional Group segments. The Culinary Arts segment includes Le Cordon Bleu institutions in North America (LCB), which offer hands-on educational programs in the career-oriented disciplines of culinary arts and patisserie and baking in the commercial-grade kitchens of Le Cordon Bleu.

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