Reviewing Perdoceo Education (PRDO) & The Competition

Perdoceo Education (NASDAQ: PRDO) is one of 50 publicly-traded companies in the “Educational services” industry, but how does it contrast to its peers? We will compare Perdoceo Education to related businesses based on the strength of its earnings, analyst recommendations, valuation, risk, profitability, institutional ownership and dividends.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Perdoceo Education 9.20% 26.01% 18.18%
Perdoceo Education Competitors 720.10% -26.88% 3.98%

Institutional and Insider Ownership

86.6% of Perdoceo Education shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 56.3% of shares of all “Educational services” companies are held by institutional investors. 5.6% of Perdoceo Education shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 22.7% of shares of all “Educational services” companies are held by 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.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings for Perdoceo Education and its peers, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Perdoceo Education 0 0 0 0 N/A
Perdoceo Education Competitors 323 1017 1112 49 2.35

As a group, “Educational services” companies have a potential upside of 15.94%. Given Perdoceo Education’s peers higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Perdoceo Education has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Volatility and Risk

Perdoceo Education has a beta of 1.52, meaning that its stock price is 52% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Perdoceo Education’s peers have a beta of 1.00, meaning that their average stock price is 0% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Perdoceo Education and its peers top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Perdoceo Education $581.30 million $55.18 million 17.66
Perdoceo Education Competitors $530.72 million $33.14 million 20.87

Perdoceo Education has higher revenue and earnings than its peers. Perdoceo Education 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

Perdoceo Education beats its peers on 6 of the 10 factors compared.

About Perdoceo Education

Perdoceo Education Corporation operates colleges, institutions, and universities that provide education to student population in various career-oriented disciplines through online, campus based, and blended learning programs in the United States. It operates through three segments: Colorado Technical University, American InterContinental University, and All Other Campuses. The company offers doctoral, master's, bachelor's, and associate degrees, as well as certificate programs. It also provides academic programs in the career-oriented disciplines of business studies, nursing, computer science, engineering, information systems and technologies, cybersecurity, criminal justice, and healthcare management; and educational programs in culinary arts, as well as patisserie and baking. As of December 31, 2018, the company had a total student enrollment of approximately 34,400 students. The company was formerly known as Career Education Corporation and changed its name to Perdoceo Education Corporation in January 2020. Perdoceo Education Corporation was founded in 1994 and is headquartered in Schaumburg, Illinois.

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