Grand Canyon Education (LOPE) and Hailiang Education Group (HLG) Critical Comparison

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Grand Canyon Education (NASDAQ:LOPE) and Hailiang Education Group (NASDAQ:HLG) are both consumer discretionary companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, risk, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, dividends, valuation and profitability.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

95.0% of Grand Canyon Education shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 0.9% of Hailiang Education Group shares are held by institutional investors. 2.4% of Grand Canyon Education shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Grand Canyon Education and Hailiang Education Group’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Grand Canyon Education $974.13 million 5.64 $203.31 million $3.96 28.82
Hailiang Education Group $171.86 million 8.36 $34.21 million N/A N/A

Grand Canyon Education has higher revenue and earnings than Hailiang Education Group.

Volatility & Risk

Grand Canyon Education has a beta of 0.81, indicating that its share price is 19% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Hailiang Education Group has a beta of -0.21, indicating that its share price is 121% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Grand Canyon Education and Hailiang Education Group’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Grand Canyon Education 23.60% 21.66% 17.31%
Hailiang Education Group N/A N/A N/A

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current recommendations for Grand Canyon Education and Hailiang Education Group, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Grand Canyon Education 0 0 4 0 3.00
Hailiang Education Group 0 0 0 0 N/A

Grand Canyon Education presently has a consensus price target of $140.75, indicating a potential upside of 23.32%. Given Grand Canyon Education’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Grand Canyon Education is more favorable than Hailiang Education Group.

Summary

Grand Canyon Education beats Hailiang Education Group on 10 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

Grand Canyon Education Company Profile

Grand Canyon Education, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides education services in the United States and Canada. The company operates Grand Canyon University that offers approximately 225 graduate and undergraduate degree programs and certificates across 9 colleges online and on ground through campus in Phoenix, Arizona; leased facilities; and facilities owned by third party employers. As of December 31, 2017, it had approximately 90,300 students enrolled in its programs. The company was founded in 1949 and is based in Phoenix, Arizona.

Hailiang Education Group Company Profile

Hailiang Education Group Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides K-12 educational services in the People's Republic of China. The company operates six affiliated schools that include Hailiang Primary School, Hailiang Junior Middle School, Hailiang Senior Middle School, Hailiang High School of Art, Hailiang Experimental High School, and Hailiang Foreign Language School; and sixteen managed schools. It also offers management consulting, educational training and logistic, hotel management, sports activities consulting, school management, and purchasing and transportation services, as well as after-school enrichment program, overseas study trip, and international study programs. In addition, the company's schools offer basic educational programs and international programs at the primary school, middle school, and high school levels, as well as courses designed for students to become admitted to programs, such as A-levels courses for the United Kingdom universities, SAT courses for the United States universities, and VCE courses for the Australia universities for students planning to apply to undergraduate programs in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia. As of June 30, 2018, it had 22,110 students enrolled in its schools. Hailiang Education Group Inc. was founded in 1995 and is based in Hangzhou, the People's Republic of China.

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