Financial Contrast: Universal Technical Institute (UTI) versus The Competition

Universal Technical Institute (NYSE: UTI) is one of 42 public companies in the “Educational services” industry, but how does it compare to its rivals? We will compare Universal Technical Institute to similar businesses based on the strength of its dividends, earnings, profitability, valuation, risk, analyst recommendations and institutional ownership.

Volatility and Risk

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Universal Technical Institute has a beta of 3.16, meaning that its share price is 216% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Universal Technical Institute’s rivals have a beta of 0.81, meaning that their average share price is 19% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Universal Technical Institute and its rivals gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Universal Technical Institute $324.26 million -$8.12 million -6.10
Universal Technical Institute Competitors $515.82 million $30.04 million 17.50

Universal Technical Institute’s rivals have higher revenue and earnings than Universal Technical Institute. Universal Technical Institute 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.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

62.7% of Universal Technical Institute shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 53.7% of shares of all “Educational services” companies are held by institutional investors. 13.3% of Universal Technical Institute shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 23.7% of shares of all “Educational services” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current recommendations and price targets for Universal Technical Institute and its rivals, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Universal Technical Institute 0 1 0 0 2.00
Universal Technical Institute Competitors 132 606 694 12 2.41

Universal Technical Institute currently has a consensus price target of $6.00, suggesting a potential upside of 92.93%. As a group, “Educational services” companies have a potential upside of 4.45%. Given Universal Technical Institute’s higher possible upside, equities research analysts clearly believe Universal Technical Institute is more favorable than its rivals.


This table compares Universal Technical Institute and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Universal Technical Institute -2.35% -7.58% -3.73%
Universal Technical Institute Competitors -14.47% -23.11% -6.46%


Universal Technical Institute rivals beat Universal Technical Institute on 7 of the 13 factors compared.

Universal Technical Institute Company Profile

Universal Technical Institute, Inc. provides postsecondary education for students seeking careers as professional automotive, diesel, collision repair, motorcycle, and marine technicians in the United States. The company offers undergraduate degree and diploma programs, and specialized technical education programs through its 12 campuses under various brands, such as Universal Technical Institute, Motorcycle Mechanics Institute and Marine Mechanics Institute, and NASCAR Technical Institute. It also provides manufacturer specific advanced training programs, including student paid electives at its campuses; and manufacturer or dealer sponsored training at various campuses and dedicated training centers, as well as offers undergraduate diploma programs for welding and computer numerical control machining. The company was founded in 1965 and is headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona.

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