Critical Review: Four Seasons Edu (Cayman) (FEDU) vs. Career Education (CECO)

Four Seasons Edu (Cayman) (NYSE: FEDU) and Career Education (NASDAQ:CECO) are both small-cap consumer discretionary companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, institutional ownership, valuation, risk, analyst recommendations, earnings and profitability.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

48.5% of Four Seasons Edu (Cayman) shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 77.4% of Career Education shares are held by institutional investors. 5.0% of Career Education shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings for Four Seasons Edu (Cayman) and Career Education, as reported by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Four Seasons Edu (Cayman) 0 0 0 0 N/A
Career Education 0 1 0 0 2.00

Career Education has a consensus price target of $13.00, indicating a potential downside of 6.14%. Given Career Education’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Career Education is more favorable than Four Seasons Edu (Cayman).


This table compares Four Seasons Edu (Cayman) and Career Education’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Four Seasons Edu (Cayman) N/A N/A N/A
Career Education -5.35% 6.73% 4.44%

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Four Seasons Edu (Cayman) and Career Education’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Four Seasons Edu (Cayman) N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Career Education $596.43 million 1.61 -$31.89 million $0.31 44.68

Four Seasons Edu (Cayman) has higher earnings, but lower revenue than Career Education.


Four Seasons Edu (Cayman) pays an annual dividend of $0.40 per share and has a dividend yield of 5.5%. Career Education does not pay a dividend.


Career Education beats Four Seasons Edu (Cayman) on 6 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Four Seasons Edu (Cayman)

Four Seasons Education (Cayman) Inc. is engaged in providing after-school math education service for elementary school students in Shanghai. The Company’s courses are divided into elementary school programs and middle school and kindergarten programs. Elementary school programs account for a majority of its students. The Company offers three elementary school programs: standard programs, Ivy programs and special programs. Standard programs, which offer courses through five standard programs for students of different aptitude levels for each elementary school grade level. Ivy programs offer personalized classes addressing students’ specific needs such as individualized competition preparation and topic review. Students and parents can tailor standard program course parameters such as difficulty of content, pace and class size. Special programs include short-term, intensive competition workshops, courses delivered to K-12 schools and classes on specific math topics.

About Career Education

Career Education Corporation, through its colleges, institutions and universities, offers education to students in a range of career-oriented disciplines through online, on-ground and hybrid learning programs. The Company’s American InterContinental University (AIU) and Colorado Technical University (CTU) provide degree programs through the master’s or doctoral level as well as associate and bachelor’s levels. The Company operates through four segments: CTU, AIU, Culinary Arts and Transitional Group. Its University group consists of AIU and CTU, which serve students online with career-focused degree programs. Its Career Colleges Group consists of Culinary Arts and Transitional Group segments. The Culinary Arts segment includes Le Cordon Bleu institutions in North America (LCB), which offer hands-on educational programs in the career-oriented disciplines of culinary arts and patisserie and baking in the commercial-grade kitchens of Le Cordon Bleu.

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