Financial Review: Bright Scholar Education Holdngs (NYSE:BEDU) and The Competition

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Bright Scholar Education Holdngs (NYSE: BEDU) is one of 43 publicly-traded companies in the “Educational services” industry, but how does it contrast to its competitors? We will compare Bright Scholar Education Holdngs to related companies based on the strength of its analyst recommendations, profitability, risk, institutional ownership, valuation, earnings and dividends.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

13.2% of Bright Scholar Education Holdngs shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 59.5% of shares of all “Educational services” companies are owned by institutional investors. 22.2% of shares of all “Educational services” companies are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current recommendations and price targets for Bright Scholar Education Holdngs and its competitors, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Bright Scholar Education Holdngs 0 1 2 0 2.67
Bright Scholar Education Holdngs Competitors 187 735 819 25 2.39

Bright Scholar Education Holdngs currently has a consensus price target of $17.00, suggesting a potential upside of 59.18%. As a group, “Educational services” companies have a potential upside of 35.38%. Given Bright Scholar Education Holdngs’ stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, research analysts clearly believe Bright Scholar Education Holdngs is more favorable than its competitors.

Risk & Volatility

Bright Scholar Education Holdngs has a beta of 1.31, indicating that its share price is 31% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Bright Scholar Education Holdngs’ competitors have a beta of 0.39, indicating that their average share price is 61% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Bright Scholar Education Holdngs and its competitors revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Bright Scholar Education Holdngs $201.61 million $26.11 million 42.72
Bright Scholar Education Holdngs Competitors $505.28 million $24.86 million 12.54

Bright Scholar Education Holdngs’ competitors have higher revenue, but lower earnings than Bright Scholar Education Holdngs. Bright Scholar Education Holdngs is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Profitability

This table compares Bright Scholar Education Holdngs and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Bright Scholar Education Holdngs 14.37% 12.61% 7.75%
Bright Scholar Education Holdngs Competitors -10.03% -24.92% -4.90%

Summary

Bright Scholar Education Holdngs beats its competitors on 9 of the 13 factors compared.

About Bright Scholar Education Holdngs

Bright Scholar Education Holdings Limited operates K-12 schools in China. Its schools comprise international schools, bilingual schools, and kindergartens. The company also offers a range of complementary education services, including international camps and after-school programs. As of May 31, 2018, it had a network of 67 schools with approximately 35,275 students. The company was founded in 1994 and is based in Foshan, China.

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