Aspen Group (ASPU) versus Its Competitors Financial Comparison

Aspen Group (NASDAQ: ASPU) is one of 42 publicly-traded companies in the “Educational services” industry, but how does it contrast to its rivals? We will compare Aspen Group to related businesses based on the strength of its valuation, dividends, profitability, analyst recommendations, earnings, institutional ownership and risk.

Analyst Ratings

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This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for Aspen Group and its rivals, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Aspen Group 0 1 2 0 2.67
Aspen Group Competitors 132 606 694 12 2.41

Aspen Group currently has a consensus price target of $12.13, suggesting a potential upside of 73.21%. As a group, “Educational services” companies have a potential upside of 4.73%. Given Aspen Group’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Aspen Group is more favorable than its rivals.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Aspen Group and its rivals gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Aspen Group $14.25 million -$1.10 million -70.00
Aspen Group Competitors $515.82 million $30.04 million 17.71

Aspen Group’s rivals have higher revenue and earnings than Aspen Group. Aspen 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 and Volatility

Aspen Group has a beta of 0.75, suggesting that its stock price is 25% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Aspen Group’s rivals have a beta of 0.81, suggesting that their average stock price is 19% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

7.0% of Aspen Group shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 53.7% of shares of all “Educational services” companies are owned by institutional investors. 26.3% of Aspen Group shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 23.7% of shares of all “Educational services” companies are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Aspen Group -21.59% -35.74% -18.98%
Aspen Group Competitors -14.47% -23.11% -6.46%

Summary

Aspen Group rivals beat Aspen Group on 8 of the 12 factors compared.

About Aspen Group

Aspen Group, Inc. is a holding company. The Company’s subsidiary, Aspen University Inc. (Aspen), is dedicated to provide the education experiences taught by professors. Aspen offers approximately two monthly payment programs, a monthly payment plan in which students make payments every month over a fixed period (36, 39 or 72 months depending on the degree program) and a monthly installment plan in which students pay over three monthly installments (day 1, day 31 and day 61 after the start of each course). As of June 30, 2016, Aspen had 2,074 students paying tuition through either of the monthly payment methods. It offers certificate programs and associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs in a range of areas, including nursing, business, education and professional studies. It offers a range of nursing degrees, including Master of Science in Nursing, Master of Science in Nursing-Nursing Education and Master of Science in Nursing-Nursing Administration and Management.

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