Head to Head Contrast: Strayer Education (STRA) and Four Seasons Edu (Cayman) (FEDU)

Strayer Education (NASDAQ: STRA) and Four Seasons Edu (Cayman) (NYSE:FEDU) are both small-cap consumer discretionary companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, profitability, valuation, risk, earnings and dividends.


Strayer Education pays an annual dividend of $1.00 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.0%. Four Seasons Edu (Cayman) pays an annual dividend of $0.40 per share and has a dividend yield of 5.5%. Strayer Education pays out 54.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.


This table compares Strayer Education and Four Seasons Edu (Cayman)’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Strayer Education 4.53% 17.75% 11.52%
Four Seasons Edu (Cayman) N/A N/A N/A

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Strayer Education and Four Seasons Edu (Cayman)’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Strayer Education $454.85 million 2.49 $20.61 million $1.82 55.73
Four Seasons Edu (Cayman) N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

Strayer Education has higher revenue and earnings than Four Seasons Edu (Cayman).

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and price targets for Strayer Education and Four Seasons Edu (Cayman), as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Strayer Education 0 0 3 0 3.00
Four Seasons Edu (Cayman) 0 0 0 0 N/A

Strayer Education presently has a consensus target price of $101.00, indicating a potential downside of 0.42%. Given Strayer Education’s higher possible upside, equities analysts clearly believe Strayer Education is more favorable than Four Seasons Edu (Cayman).

Institutional and Insider Ownership

98.2% of Strayer Education shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 48.5% of Four Seasons Edu (Cayman) shares are held by institutional investors. 6.7% of Strayer Education shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.


Strayer Education beats Four Seasons Edu (Cayman) on 8 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Strayer Education

Strayer Education, Inc. is an education services holding company. The Company provides post-secondary education and other academic programs, through its subsidiaries, Strayer University (the University) and New York Code and Design Academy (NYCDA). As of December 31, 2016, the University offered undergraduate and graduate degree programs in business administration, accounting, information technology, education, health services administration, nursing, public administration and criminal justice at 74 physical campuses located in the Mid-Atlantic and Southern regions of the United States, and online. The University also offers an executive Master of Business Administration (MBA) online through its Jack Welch Management Institute. Its subsidiary, NYCDA, provides non-degree courses in Web and application software development, primarily at its campus in New York City. Each undergraduate degree program includes courses in oral and written communication skills, as well as mathematics.

About Four Seasons Edu (Cayman)

Four Seasons Education (Cayman) Inc. is engaged in providing after-school math education service for elementary school students in Shanghai. The Company’s courses are divided into elementary school programs and middle school and kindergarten programs. Elementary school programs account for a majority of its students. The Company offers three elementary school programs: standard programs, Ivy programs and special programs. Standard programs, which offer courses through five standard programs for students of different aptitude levels for each elementary school grade level. Ivy programs offer personalized classes addressing students’ specific needs such as individualized competition preparation and topic review. Students and parents can tailor standard program course parameters such as difficulty of content, pace and class size. Special programs include short-term, intensive competition workshops, courses delivered to K-12 schools and classes on specific math topics.

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