Contrasting LAIX (NYSE:LAIX) & Afya (NYSE:AFYA)

LAIX (NYSE:LAIX) and Afya (NASDAQ:AFYA) are both business services companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, dividends, earnings, valuation, institutional ownership, profitability and analyst recommendations.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for LAIX and Afya, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
LAIX 0 1 0 0 2.00
Afya 0 1 4 0 2.80

LAIX presently has a consensus price target of $6.50, indicating a potential upside of 173.11%. Afya has a consensus price target of $29.44, indicating a potential upside of 5.90%. Given LAIX’s higher probable upside, equities analysts plainly believe LAIX is more favorable than Afya.

Profitability

This table compares LAIX and Afya’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
LAIX -51.95% -590.12% -49.98%
Afya N/A N/A N/A

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares LAIX and Afya’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
LAIX $92.68 million 1.23 -$70.99 million N/A N/A
Afya N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

Afya has lower revenue, but higher earnings than LAIX.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

14.0% of LAIX shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 16.5% of Afya shares are owned by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

Afya beats LAIX on 6 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

LAIX Company Profile

LAIX Inc., an artificial intelligence company, provides online English learning services through Liulishuo mobile app in the People's Republic of China. It is also involved in the artificial intelligence lab operation; technology development; and loan arrangement activities. The company was formerly known as LingoChamp Inc. LAIX Inc. was founded in 2013 and is headquartered in Shanghai, the People's Republic of China.

Afya Company Profile

Afya Limited, through its subsidiaries, operates as a medical education group in Brazil. The company provides educational products and services, including medical schools, medical residency preparatory courses, graduate courses, and other programs to lifelong medical learners enrolled across its distribution network, as well as to third-party medical schools. It offers health sciences courses, which comprise medicine, dentistry, nursing, radiology, psychology, pharmacy, physical education, physiotherapy, nutrition, and biomedicine; and degree programs and courses in other subjects and disciplines, including undergraduate and post graduate courses in business administration, accounting, law, physical education, civil engineering, industrial engineering, and pedagogy. In addition, the company provides medical preparatory courses and other continuing medical education services through its online platform; and develops and sells electronically distributed educational courses on medicine science, and related printed and technological educational content. As of June 24, 2019, its network consisted of 23 operating campuses, 21 of which are undergraduate and graduate medical school campuses. The company was founded in 1999 and is headquartered in Nova Lima, Brazil.

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