Aspen Group (NASDAQ: ASPU) and American Public Education (NASDAQ:APEI) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, earnings, institutional ownership, dividends, risk, profitability and valuation.
Risk and Volatility
Aspen Group has a beta of 0.74, suggesting that its share price is 26% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, American Public Education has a beta of 0.69, suggesting that its share price is 31% less volatile than the S&P 500.
This table compares Aspen Group and American Public Education’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
|American Public Education||7.10%||7.90%||6.71%|
This is a breakdown of recent ratings and recommmendations for Aspen Group and American Public Education, as provided by MarketBeat.com.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
|American Public Education||0||2||1||0||2.33|
Aspen Group currently has a consensus price target of $12.13, suggesting a potential upside of 55.45%. American Public Education has a consensus price target of $39.33, suggesting a potential downside of 1.05%. Given Aspen Group’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, research analysts plainly believe Aspen Group is more favorable than American Public Education.
Earnings and Valuation
This table compares Aspen Group and American Public Education’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||Net Income||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|Aspen Group||$14.25 million||10.04||-$1.10 million||($0.10)||-78.00|
|American Public Education||$299.25 million||2.18||$21.12 million||$1.29||30.81|
American Public Education has higher revenue and earnings than Aspen Group. Aspen Group is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than American Public Education, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.
Institutional & Insider Ownership
6.1% of Aspen Group shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 93.5% of American Public Education shares are held by institutional investors. 26.3% of Aspen Group shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 3.2% of American Public Education shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.
American Public Education beats Aspen Group on 8 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.
About Aspen Group
Aspen Group, Inc. provides online higher education services in the United States. The company offers certificate programs; and associate, bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degree programs in a range of areas, including nursing, business, education, technology, and professional studies. As of April 30, 2017, it had 4,681 degree-seeking students enrolled. The company was founded in 1987 and is headquartered in Denver, Colorado.
About American Public Education
American Public Education, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides online and campus-based postsecondary education. The company operates through two segments, American Public Education and Hondros College of Nursing. It offers 108 degree programs and 109 certificate programs in various fields of study, including business administration, health science, technology, criminal justice, education, and liberal arts, as well as national security, military studies, intelligence, and homeland security. The company also provides diploma in practical nursing and an associate degree in nursing; and an online registered nurse to Bachelor of Science in nursing completion program. American Public Education, Inc. was founded in 1991 and is headquartered in Charles Town, West Virginia.
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