Learning Tree International (LTRE) versus Grand Canyon Education (LOPE) Head-To-Head Review

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Learning Tree International (OTCMKTS:LTRE) and Grand Canyon Education (NASDAQ:LOPE) are both consumer discretionary companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, dividends, institutional ownership, profitability, analyst recommendations, earnings and risk.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

7.4% of Learning Tree International shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 94.9% of Grand Canyon Education shares are owned by institutional investors. 57.7% of Learning Tree International shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 2.4% of Grand Canyon Education shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for Learning Tree International and Grand Canyon Education, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Learning Tree International 0 0 0 0 N/A
Grand Canyon Education 0 0 4 0 3.00

Grand Canyon Education has a consensus price target of $138.00, indicating a potential upside of 47.34%. Given Grand Canyon Education’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Grand Canyon Education is more favorable than Learning Tree International.

Profitability

This table compares Learning Tree International and Grand Canyon Education’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Learning Tree International -3.20% N/A -7.11%
Grand Canyon Education 23.60% 21.66% 17.31%

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Learning Tree International and Grand Canyon Education’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Learning Tree International $64.32 million 0.08 -$2.05 million N/A N/A
Grand Canyon Education $974.13 million 4.63 $203.31 million $3.96 23.65

Grand Canyon Education has higher revenue and earnings than Learning Tree International.

Volatility & Risk

Learning Tree International has a beta of 0.82, indicating that its stock price is 18% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Grand Canyon Education has a beta of 1.09, indicating that its stock price is 9% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Grand Canyon Education beats Learning Tree International on 10 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Learning Tree International

Learning Tree International, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, develops, markets, and delivers a library of instructor-led classroom courses for professional development needs of information technology (IT) professionals and managers worldwide. It offers education and training courses across a range of technical and management disciplines, such as operating systems, databases, computer networks, cyber and network security, Web development, programming languages, software engineering, open source applications, project management, business skills, leadership, and professional development. The company also provides courses through its proprietary live on-line learning platform, Learning Tree AnyWare that allow individuals at any location to participate online in instructor-led classes conducted live in Learning Tree Education Centers or at customer locations; and workforce optimization solutions to support an IT organization's life-cycle of workforce development needs. As of September 29, 2017, its library of instructor-led courses comprised 318 instructor-led course titles, including 159 multi-day IT course titles, 76 multi-day management course titles, and 83 one-day course titles. The company markets and sells its course offerings through direct and electronic mail, telemarketing, and field sales channels. It serves national and multinational companies, government organizations, and small and medium-size companies. Learning Tree International, Inc. was founded in 1974 and is headquartered in Herndon, Virginia.

About Grand Canyon Education

Grand Canyon Education, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides education services in the United States and Canada. The company operates Grand Canyon University that offers approximately 225 graduate and undergraduate degree programs and certificates across 9 colleges online and on ground through campus in Phoenix, Arizona; leased facilities; and facilities owned by third party employers. As of December 31, 2017, it had approximately 90,300 students enrolled in its programs. The company was founded in 1949 and is based in Phoenix, Arizona.

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