Contrasting US Public Education (NASDAQ:APEI) and Vitru (NASDAQ:VTRU)

Vitru (NASDAQ:VTRU – Get Rating) and American Public Education (NASDAQ:APEI – Get Rating) are both small-cap consumer discretionary companies, but which stock is superior? We’ll compare the two companies based on their dividend strength, analyst recommendations, profitability, earnings, risk, institutional ownership and valuation.

Volatility and risk

Vitru has a beta of 0.15, suggesting its stock price is 85% less volatile than the S&P 500. In comparison, American Public Education has a beta of 0.64, suggesting its stock price is 36% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional and insider ownership

66.4% of Vitru shares are held by institutional investors. By comparison, 96.6% of American Public Education’s stock is held by institutional investors. 1.4% of American Public Education stock is held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership indicates that hedge funds, endowments, and large fund managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.


This table compares the net margins, return on equity and return on assets of Vitru and American Public Education.

Net margins Return on equity return on assets
glass 10.96% 8.79% 5.55%
American public education 3.09% 2.92% 1.79%

Benefits and evaluation

This chart compares the gross revenue, earnings per share, and valuation of Vitru and American Public Education.

Gross revenue Price/sales ratio Net revenue Earnings per share Price/earnings ratio
glass $116.98 million 3.43 $13.09 million $0.56 30.68
American public education $418.80 million 0.64 $17.75 million $0.80 17.66

American Public Education has higher revenues and profits than Vitru. American Public Education trades at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Vitru, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Analyst Notes

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommendations for Vitru and American Public Education, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sales Ratings Hold odds Buy reviews Strong buy odds Rating
glass 0 0 0 0 N / A
American public education 0 0 1 0 3.00

American Public Education has a consensus price target of $20.50, indicating a potential upside of 45.08%. Given the higher possible upside in US public education, analysts clearly believe that US public education is more favorable than Vitru.


American Public Education beats Vitru on 8 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

Vitru company profile (Get a rating)

Vitru Limited, together with its subsidiaries, operates as a distance education company in the post-secondary digital education market in Brazil. It operates through three segments: undergraduate digital education courses, continuing education courses and on-campus undergraduate courses. The company offers undergraduate courses in digital education in hybrid methodology, which consist of weekly in-person meetings with on-site tutors. Its courses mainly include courses in pedagogy, business administration, accounting, physical education, engineering, vocational education and health. The company also offers continuing education courses mainly in pedagogy, finance and business, as well as other subjects, such as law, engineering, IT and health-related courses through a hybrid model, in online and on campus. Additionally, it operates 8 campuses that offer traditional on-campus undergraduate courses, including courses in business administration, accounting, physical education, engineering, law, and health. Vitru Limited was founded in 2014 and is headquartered in Florianópolis, Brazil.

American Public Education Company Profile (Get a rating)

American public education logoAmerican Public Education, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides online and on-campus post-secondary education. The Company operates through three segments: American Public University System, Rasmussen University and Hondros College of Nursing. It offers 130 degree programs and 111 certificate programs in various fields of study, including business administration, health sciences, technology, criminal justice, education, and liberal arts, as well as national security, military studies, intelligence and homeland security. The company also offers post-secondary education focused on nursing and health sciences, a Diploma in Practical Nursing, an Associate’s Degree in Nursing and an Associate’s Degree in Medical Laboratory Technology. American Public Education, Inc. was incorporated in 1991 and is headquartered in Charles Town, West Virginia.

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