Financial Review: China Online Education Group (COE) vs. Laureate International Universities (LAUR)

China Online Education Group (NYSE: COE) and Laureate International Universities (NASDAQ:LAUR) are both consumer discretionary companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, analyst recommendations, profitability, risk, valuation, institutional ownership and dividends.

Profitability

This table compares China Online Education Group and Laureate International Universities’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
China Online Education Group -68.30% N/A -72.00%
Laureate International Universities 8.69% 8.41% 1.79%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for China Online Education Group and Laureate International Universities, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
China Online Education Group 0 0 0 0 N/A
Laureate International Universities 0 1 8 0 2.89

Laureate International Universities has a consensus price target of $18.33, indicating a potential upside of 28.21%. Given Laureate International Universities’ higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Laureate International Universities is more favorable than China Online Education Group.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares China Online Education Group and Laureate International Universities’ top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
China Online Education Group $130.33 million 1.73 -$89.27 million N/A N/A
Laureate International Universities $4.38 billion 0.61 $91.46 million ($1.20) -11.92

Laureate International Universities has higher revenue and earnings than China Online Education Group.

Volatility & Risk

China Online Education Group has a beta of 0.06, indicating that its share price is 94% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Laureate International Universities has a beta of 0.72, indicating that its share price is 28% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

27.7% of China Online Education Group shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 29.9% of Laureate International Universities shares are held by institutional investors. 13.1% of Laureate International Universities shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

Laureate International Universities beats China Online Education Group on 10 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

China Online Education Group Company Profile

China Online Education Group, through its subsidiaries, provides online English language education services to students in the People's Republic of China and the Philippines. It operates online and mobile education platforms that enable students to take one-on-one live interactive English lessons with international foreign teachers. The company's flagship courses include Classic English and Classic English Junior for the development of English communication skills. It also offers 17 specialty courses, such as Business English, IELTS Speaking, Free-talk, Interview English, Travel English, Daily English, and others for situation-based English education and test preparation needs. China Online Education Group was founded in 2011 and is headquartered in Beijing, the People's Republic of China.

Laureate International Universities Company Profile

Laureate Education, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides higher education programs and services to students through universities and higher education institutions. It operates through six segments: Brazil, Mexico, Andean & Iberian, Central America & U.S. Campuses, EMEAA, and Online & Partnerships. The company offers a range of undergraduate and graduate degree programs primarily in the areas of business and management, medicine and health sciences, and engineering and information technology through campus-based, online, and hybrid programs. It also operates online institutions that offer professionally-oriented degree programs primarily for the working adults with undergraduate and graduate degree programs. The company was formerly known as Sylvan Learning Systems, Inc. and changed its name to Laureate Education, Inc. in May 2004. The company was founded in 1989 and is headquartered in Baltimore, Maryland. Laureate Education, Inc. is a subsidiary of Wengen Alberta, Limited Partnership.

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