Sunlands Online Education Group (NYSE: STG) is one of 44 public companies in the “Educational services” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its peers? We will compare Sunlands Online Education Group to related companies based on the strength of its institutional ownership, dividends, profitability, valuation, analyst recommendations, earnings and risk.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

26.3% of Sunlands Online Education Group shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 56.2% of shares of all “Educational services” companies are held by institutional investors. 23.0% of shares of all “Educational services” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for Sunlands Online Education Group and its peers, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Sunlands Online Education Group 0 2 0 0 2.00
Sunlands Online Education Group Competitors 242 866 935 34 2.37

As a group, “Educational services” companies have a potential upside of 15.03%. Given Sunlands Online Education Group’s peers stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Sunlands Online Education Group has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Profitability

This table compares Sunlands Online Education Group and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Sunlands Online Education Group -47.31% N/A -26.73%
Sunlands Online Education Group Competitors 1,817.03% -28.79% -3.78%

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Sunlands Online Education Group and its peers gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Sunlands Online Education Group $287.10 million -$134.83 million -3.66
Sunlands Online Education Group Competitors $539.47 million $36.16 million 11.05

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

Summary

Sunlands Online Education Group peers beat Sunlands Online Education Group on 11 of the 12 factors compared.

Sunlands Online Education Group Company Profile

Sunlands Technology Group, through its subsidiaries, provides online education services in the People's Republic of China. The company offers various degree- and diploma-oriented post-secondary courses, including preparation courses for the self-taught higher education examination (STE) for learners pursuing associate diplomas or bachelor's degrees, as well as for the entrance examinations of master of business administration programs. Its STE courses cover 18 majors, including Chinese language and literature, law, pre-school education, project management, marketing, English, human resource management, business administration, business management, modern corporate governance, finance, financial management, advertising, accounting, energy management, administrative management, international trade, and computer information management. The company also provides professional certification preparation course offerings that cover various industries and professions, such as accounting, human resources, teaching, and finance. As of December 31, 2017, it had approximately 1,750 self-developed learning outcome trees covering 123,000 knowledge points. The company was formerly known as Sunlands Online Education Group. Sunlands Technology Group was founded in 2003 and is headquartered in Beijing, the People's Republic of China.

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