Critical Contrast: Xueda Education Group (XUE) vs. Its Rivals

Xueda Education Group (NYSE: XUE) is one of 20 publicly-traded companies in the “General Education Services” industry, but how does it contrast to its rivals? We will compare Xueda Education Group to similar companies based on the strength of its analyst recommendations, valuation, profitability, risk, earnings, dividends and institutional ownership.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

72.5% of shares of all “General Education Services” companies are held by institutional investors. 14.2% of shares of all “General Education Services” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Xueda Education Group and its rivals top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Xueda Education Group N/A N/A -36.27
Xueda Education Group Competitors $897.39 million $60.39 million 0.82

Xueda Education Group’s rivals have higher revenue and earnings than Xueda Education Group. Xueda Education Group 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.

Risk & Volatility

Xueda Education Group has a beta of 1.56, suggesting that its stock price is 56% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Xueda Education Group’s rivals have a beta of 1.17, suggesting that their average stock price is 17% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Xueda Education Group and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Xueda Education Group -4.53% -15.97% -4.86%
Xueda Education Group Competitors 0.50% -0.62% 1.77%

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and price targets for Xueda Education Group and its rivals, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Xueda Education Group 0 0 0 0 N/A
Xueda Education Group Competitors 66 464 476 5 2.42

As a group, “General Education Services” companies have a potential upside of 9.26%. Given Xueda Education Group’s rivals higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Xueda Education Group has less favorable growth aspects than its rivals.

Summary

Xueda Education Group rivals beat Xueda Education Group on 7 of the 8 factors compared.

About Xueda Education Group

Xueda Education Group is a holding company. The Company, through its subsidiaries and consolidated variable interest entity (VIE), is engaged in providing private personalized tutoring services for primary and secondary school students in the People’s Republic of China (PRC). The Company has developed and implemented a results-oriented, student-centric service delivery model. The Company’s personalized service model consists of six components: assessment, consultation, formulation of a customized study plan, personalized tutoring, delivery of student-oriented supporting services and results. The Company’s learning centers are directly operated by it under its Xueda brand. The Company delivers its services to students through a national network, consisting of approximately 467 learning centers, all of which are operated by it, in 85 cities in China.

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