Head-To-Head Contrast: Ambow Education (AMBOY) and Lincoln Educational Services (LINC)

Ambow Education (OTCMKTS:AMBOY) and Lincoln Educational Services (NASDAQ:LINC) are both consumer discretionary companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, valuation, institutional ownership, risk, profitability, analyst recommendations and dividends.

Profitability

This table compares Ambow Education and Lincoln Educational Services’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Ambow Education N/A N/A N/A
Lincoln Educational Services -1.49% -9.98% -3.03%

Institutional & Insider Ownership

62.8% of Lincoln Educational Services shares are owned by institutional investors. 6.1% of Lincoln Educational Services shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Ambow Education and Lincoln Educational Services’ revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Ambow Education N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Lincoln Educational Services $261.85 million 0.22 -$11.48 million ($0.48) -4.94

Ambow Education has higher earnings, but lower revenue than Lincoln Educational Services.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and price targets for Ambow Education and Lincoln Educational Services, as provided by MarketBeat.

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

Lincoln Educational Services has a consensus price target of $3.50, indicating a potential upside of 47.68%.

Summary

Lincoln Educational Services beats Ambow Education on 4 of the 7 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Ambow Education

Ambow Education Holding Ltd. provides educational and career enhancement services to students, recent graduates, and corporate employees and management in China. The company operates through two business divisions, Better Schools and Better Jobs. The Better Schools division provides educational services covering K-12 programs and tutoring services that provide test preparation programs; and international education programs. This division operates tutoring centers that provide classroom instruction, small class, and one-on-one tutoring services for students to perform better in school and prepare for important tests, primarily high school and university entrance exams; and educational curriculum through its Web-based applications to allow students access to tutoring services. Its educational software products include eBoPo, which offers full subjects, online practice tests, and instruction for K-12 level students. The Better Jobs division offers career enhancement services that facilitate post-secondary students obtaining employment. This division provides students with hands-on training for professional skills, including case studies, job environment simulation, and specific technical skills; and soft skills training, including courses on time management, presentation, leadership, and interview techniques. As of December 31, 2016, it had a total of 45 centers and schools, including 12 tutoring centers, 4 K-12 schools, 10 career enhancement centers, 18 training offices, and 1 career enhancement campus. Ambow Education Holding Ltd. was founded in 2000 and is headquartered in Beijing, the People's Republic of China.

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 bachelor's degree, associate's degree, and diploma and certificate programs in automotive technology, skilled trades, healthcare services, hospitality services, and business and information technology areas. The company operates 23 schools in 14 states under the Lincoln Technical Institute, Lincoln College of Technology, Lincoln College of New England, Lincoln Culinary Institute, Euphoria Institute of Beauty Arts and Sciences, and associated brand names. Lincoln Educational Services Corporation was founded in 1946 and is based in West Orange, New Jersey.

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