Contrasting Perdoceo Education (PRDO) and Its Competitors

Perdoceo Education (NASDAQ: PRDO) is one of 50 public companies in the “Educational services” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its competitors? We will compare Perdoceo Education to related businesses based on the strength of its earnings, profitability, risk, valuation, institutional ownership, dividends and analyst recommendations.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Perdoceo Education and its competitors revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Perdoceo Education $581.30 million $55.18 million 18.11
Perdoceo Education Competitors $530.72 million $33.14 million 14.76

Perdoceo Education has higher revenue and earnings than its competitors. Perdoceo Education is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Risk & Volatility

Perdoceo Education has a beta of 1.52, indicating that its stock price is 52% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Perdoceo Education’s competitors have a beta of 1.00, indicating that their average stock price is 0% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and price targets for Perdoceo Education and its competitors, as provided by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Perdoceo Education 0 0 0 0 N/A
Perdoceo Education Competitors 325 1022 1128 50 2.36

As a group, “Educational services” companies have a potential upside of 17.95%. Given Perdoceo Education’s competitors higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Perdoceo Education has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

86.5% of Perdoceo Education shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 54.5% of shares of all “Educational services” companies are held by institutional investors. 5.6% of Perdoceo Education shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 22.0% of shares of all “Educational services” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.


This table compares Perdoceo Education and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Perdoceo Education 9.20% 26.01% 18.18%
Perdoceo Education Competitors 720.05% -26.88% 3.94%


Perdoceo Education beats its competitors on 7 of the 10 factors compared.

About Perdoceo Education

Perdoceo Education Corporation operates colleges, institutions, and universities that provide education to student population in various career-oriented disciplines through online, campus based, and blended learning programs in the United States. It operates through three segments: Colorado Technical University, American InterContinental University, and All Other Campuses. The company offers doctoral, master's, bachelor's, and associate degrees, as well as certificate programs. It also provides academic programs in the career-oriented disciplines of business studies, nursing, computer science, engineering, information systems and technologies, cybersecurity, criminal justice, and healthcare management; and educational programs in culinary arts, as well as patisserie and baking. As of December 31, 2018, the company had a total student enrollment of approximately 34,400 students. The company was formerly known as Career Education Corporation and changed its name to Perdoceo Education Corporation in January 2020. Perdoceo Education Corporation was founded in 1994 and is headquartered in Schaumburg, Illinois.

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