Aspen Group (NASDAQ: ASPU) is one of 42 public companies in the “Educational services” industry, but how does it contrast to its rivals? We will compare Aspen Group to similar companies based on the strength of its institutional ownership, risk, valuation, earnings, dividends, analyst recommendations and profitability.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Aspen Group and its rivals top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Aspen Group $14.25 million -$1.10 million -75.10
Aspen Group Competitors $534.74 million $30.38 million 14.67

Aspen Group’s rivals have higher revenue and earnings than Aspen Group. Aspen Group is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its rivals, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Risk & Volatility

Aspen Group has a beta of 0.75, meaning that its stock price is 25% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Aspen Group’s rivals have a beta of 0.81, meaning that their average stock price is 19% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Aspen Group and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Aspen Group -21.59% -35.74% -18.98%
Aspen Group Competitors -13.30% -28.76% -6.84%

Institutional & Insider Ownership

7.0% of Aspen Group shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 50.9% of shares of all “Educational services” companies are owned by institutional investors. 26.3% of Aspen Group shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 25.6% of shares of all “Educational services” companies are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and target prices for Aspen Group and its rivals, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Aspen Group 0 1 2 0 2.67
Aspen Group Competitors 133 616 707 13 2.41

Aspen Group currently has a consensus price target of $12.13, suggesting a potential upside of 61.45%. As a group, “Educational services” companies have a potential upside of 9.05%. Given Aspen Group’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, research analysts clearly believe Aspen Group is more favorable than its rivals.

Summary

Aspen Group rivals beat Aspen Group on 9 of the 13 factors compared.

Aspen Group Company Profile

Aspen Group, Inc. provides online higher education services in the United States. The company offers certificate programs; and associate, bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degree programs in a range of areas, including nursing, business, education, technology, and professional studies. As of April 30, 2017, it had 4,681 degree-seeking students enrolled. The company was founded in 1987 and is headquartered in Denver, Colorado.

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