Lincoln Educational Services (NASDAQ:LINC) and ChineseInvestors.com (OTCMKTS:CIIX) are both small-cap consumer discretionary companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, earnings, dividends, profitability, risk, valuation and analyst recommendations.
Risk & Volatility
Lincoln Educational Services has a beta of 0.9, suggesting that its share price is 10% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, ChineseInvestors.com has a beta of 0.53, suggesting that its share price is 47% less volatile than the S&P 500.
This is a breakdown of current recommendations for Lincoln Educational Services and ChineseInvestors.com, as reported by MarketBeat.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
|Lincoln Educational Services||0||0||1||0||3.00|
Lincoln Educational Services currently has a consensus target price of $3.50, suggesting a potential upside of 34.10%. Given Lincoln Educational Services’ higher possible upside, research analysts plainly believe Lincoln Educational Services is more favorable than ChineseInvestors.com.
Earnings and Valuation
This table compares Lincoln Educational Services and ChineseInvestors.com’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||Net Income||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|Lincoln Educational Services||$263.20 million||0.25||-$6.55 million||($0.27)||-9.67|
|ChineseInvestors.com||$2.35 million||8.54||-$7.40 million||N/A||N/A|
Lincoln Educational Services has higher revenue and earnings than ChineseInvestors.com.
Insider and Institutional Ownership
63.5% of Lincoln Educational Services shares are owned by institutional investors. 6.2% of Lincoln Educational Services shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.
This table compares Lincoln Educational Services and ChineseInvestors.com’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
|Lincoln Educational Services||-1.94%||-14.22%||-3.80%|
Lincoln Educational Services beats ChineseInvestors.com on 10 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.
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 associate's degree, and diploma and certificate programs in automotive technology, skilled trades, healthcare services, hospitality services, and information technology areas. The company operates 22 schools in 14 states under the Lincoln Technical Institute, Lincoln College of Technology, Lincoln Culinary Institute, Euphoria Institute of Beauty Arts and Sciences, and associated brand names. As of December 31, 2018, it had 10,525 students enrolled. Lincoln Educational Services Corporation was founded in 1946 and is headquartered in West Orange, New Jersey.
Chineseinvestors.com, Inc. provides Web-based real-time financial information in Chinese language for the Chinese population in the United States and internationally. The company offers various subscription services, including real-time market commentary and analysis in the Chinese language. The company also provides advisory services on the U.S. capital markets, the U.S. legal system, and the U.S. Securities markets; Website-based advertising services; price chart and news updated on stocks, Website research tools; and additional education services, such as courses offering basic knowledge and practical trading skills. In addition, it offers Website content comprising stock quotes, trading volumes, and pricing indicators for listed companies in the United States. Further, the company sells hemp oil, soft gels, and gummies through its Website, ChineseHempOil.com and Chinese Wellness Center. It provides in person and online courses on crypto currency investment and trading. The company offers its services through its Websites, as well as through customer support personnel at its telemarketing and customer service center. The company was founded in 1997 and is based in San Gabriel, California.
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