Financial Analysis: China Education Alliance (CEAI) vs. Strategic Education (STRA)

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China Education Alliance (OTCMKTS:CEAI) and Strategic Education (NASDAQ:STRA) are both consumer discretionary companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, dividends, valuation, risk, profitability, earnings and analyst recommendations.

Profitability

This table compares China Education Alliance and Strategic Education’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
China Education Alliance N/A N/A N/A
Strategic Education -2.47% 9.17% 7.55%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings for China Education Alliance and Strategic Education, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
China Education Alliance 0 0 0 0 N/A
Strategic Education 0 0 3 0 3.00

Strategic Education has a consensus target price of $172.33, indicating a potential upside of 24.62%. Given Strategic Education’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Strategic Education is more favorable than China Education Alliance.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

98.3% of Strategic Education shares are held by institutional investors. 40.5% of China Education Alliance shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 3.6% of Strategic Education shares are held by 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.

Dividends

Strategic Education pays an annual dividend of $2.00 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.4%. China Education Alliance does not pay a dividend. Strategic Education pays out 42.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares China Education Alliance and Strategic Education’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
China Education Alliance N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Strategic Education $634.18 million 4.78 -$15.67 million $4.75 29.11

China Education Alliance has higher earnings, but lower revenue than Strategic Education.

Summary

Strategic Education beats China Education Alliance on 7 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

About China Education Alliance

China Education Alliance, Inc., an education service company, provides on-line education and on-site training services in the People's Republic of China. It is involved in the distribution of educational resources through the Internet. The company's edu-chn.com Website, an education network platform based on network video technology and data sources of education resources, offers database under the Famous Instructor Test Paper Store name that comprises approximately 350,000 exam and test papers, and courseware for college, secondary, and elementary schools, as well as video on demand services, which include tutoring of exam papers and techniques. It also provides on-site teaching and training services under the name of Classroom of Famed Instructors that primarily cover the education curriculum of junior, middle, and high schools. In addition, the company offers vocational and language training services; and an on-line vocational training service through 360ve.com Website, which is an Internet platform for training agencies and schools to offer their services. Further, it owns and operates two foreign language schools. China Education Alliance, Inc. was founded in 2004 and is based in Harbin, the People's Republic of China.

About Strategic Education

Strategic Education, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides a range of post-secondary education and other academic programs in the United States. The company operates Strayer University and Capella University that provide undergraduate and graduate degree programs in business administration, accounting, information technology, education, health services administration, nursing, public administration, and criminal justice to working adult students through its 74 physical campuses primarily located in the Mid-Atlantic and Southern regions, as well as through online. It also offers an executive MBA online through its Jack Welch Management Institute. In addition, the company operates New York Code and Design Academy that provides non-degree courses in Web and application software development primarily through its campus in New York City. Strategic Education, Inc. was founded in 1892 and is headquartered in Herndon, Virginia.

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