Contrasting Four Seasons Edu (Cayman) (NYSE:FEDU) and National American University Holdngs (NYSE:NAUH)

Four Seasons Edu (Cayman) (NYSE:FEDU) and National American University Holdngs (NASDAQ:NAUH) are both small-cap consumer discretionary companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, profitability, dividends, risk, valuation, earnings and institutional ownership.

Risk and Volatility

Four Seasons Edu (Cayman) has a beta of 0.62, meaning that its stock price is 38% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, National American University Holdngs has a beta of 0.98, meaning that its stock price is 2% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Four Seasons Edu (Cayman) and National American University Holdngs’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Four Seasons Edu (Cayman) -0.15% -0.07% -0.05%
National American University Holdngs -30.34% -134.09% -45.35%

Institutional & Insider Ownership

50.7% of Four Seasons Edu (Cayman) shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 13.2% of National American University Holdngs shares are held by institutional investors. 56.6% of National American University Holdngs shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Four Seasons Edu (Cayman) and National American University Holdngs’ top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Four Seasons Edu (Cayman) $50.16 million 0.47 -$90,000.00 N/A N/A
National American University Holdngs $77.18 million 0.02 -$12.16 million N/A N/A

Four Seasons Edu (Cayman) has higher earnings, but lower revenue than National American University Holdngs.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current recommendations and price targets for Four Seasons Edu (Cayman) and National American University Holdngs, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Four Seasons Edu (Cayman) 1 1 0 0 1.50
National American University Holdngs 0 0 0 0 N/A

Four Seasons Edu (Cayman) presently has a consensus target price of $4.00, suggesting a potential upside of 103.05%. Given Four Seasons Edu (Cayman)’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Four Seasons Edu (Cayman) is more favorable than National American University Holdngs.

Summary

Four Seasons Edu (Cayman) beats National American University Holdngs on 7 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

Four Seasons Edu (Cayman) Company Profile

Four Seasons Education (Cayman) Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides after-school education services in the People's Republic of China. The company's education services comprise standard programs; personalized Ivy programs; and special programs, including competition workshops and courses delivered to K-12 schools. It also offers education and management consulting services. The company offers after-school education services for kindergarten, elementary, and middle school students. As of February 28, 2018, the company operated 31 learning centers in Shanghai and 7 in other cities. Four Seasons Education (Cayman) Inc. was founded in 2007 and is based in Shanghai, the People's Republic of China.

National American University Holdngs Company Profile

National American University Holdings, Inc. owns and operates National American University (NAU) that provides professional and technical postsecondary education primarily for working adults and other non-traditional students in the United States. It operates in two segments, NAU and Other. The company offers diploma, associate, baccalaureate, master's, and doctoral degree programs in business-related disciplines, such as accounting, management, business administration, and information technology; healthcare-related disciplines, including occupational therapy, medical assisting, nursing, surgical technology, and healthcare information and management; legal-related disciplines comprising paralegal, criminal justice, and professional legal studies; and higher education. It also provides courseware development, technical support, and online class hosting services to various colleges, technical schools, and training institutions in the United States and Canada. As of July 31, 2018, the company operated through 33 educational sites in Colorado, Indiana, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, South Dakota, and Texas; and distance learning service centers and administration offices in Rapid City, South Dakota, as well as through the Internet. In addition, it engages in the real estate business, which rents apartment units; and develops and sells condominium units in the Fairway Hills Planned Residential Development area of Rapid City, South Dakota. The company was founded in 1941 and is headquartered in Rapid City, South Dakota.

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