Vasta Platform (NASDAQ:VSTA) and 17 Education & Technology Group (NYSE:YQ) are both small-cap business services companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, valuation, earnings, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, risk and dividends.
Insider & Institutional Ownership
20.1% of Vasta Platform shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 9.6% of 17 Education & Technology Group shares are held by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.
This table compares Vasta Platform and 17 Education & Technology Group’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||Net Income||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|Vasta Platform||$193.68 million||1.84||-$8.86 million||($0.11)||-39.09|
|17 Education & Technology Group||$198.37 million||0.86||-$205.35 million||($17.12)||-0.05|
Vasta Platform has higher earnings, but lower revenue than 17 Education & Technology Group. Vasta Platform is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than 17 Education & Technology Group, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.
This table compares Vasta Platform and 17 Education & Technology Group’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
|17 Education & Technology Group||N/A||N/A||N/A|
This is a breakdown of current ratings and target prices for Vasta Platform and 17 Education & Technology Group, as reported by MarketBeat.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
|17 Education & Technology Group||2||1||0||0||1.33|
Vasta Platform currently has a consensus target price of $15.25, indicating a potential upside of 254.65%. 17 Education & Technology Group has a consensus target price of $4.15, indicating a potential upside of 368.93%. Given 17 Education & Technology Group’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe 17 Education & Technology Group is more favorable than Vasta Platform.
Vasta Platform beats 17 Education & Technology Group on 6 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.
About Vasta Platform
Vasta Platform Limited, an education company, provides educational and digital solutions to private schools operating in the K-12 educational sector in Brazil. The company operates in two segments, Content & EdTech Platform and Digital Platform. The Content & EdTech Platform segment offers core and complementary educational content solutions through digital and printed content, including textbooks, learning systems, and other complimentary educational services. The Digital Platform segment provides physical and digital e-commerce platform, and other digital services. As of March 31, 2020, its network of business-to-business customers consisted of 4,167 partner schools; and enrolled students included 1,311 thousand. The company also sells textbooks, as well as operates an e-commerce channel for the sale of educational content, such as textbooks, school materials, stationery, and others; and offers university admission preparatory exam courses. It serves various stakeholders, including students, parents, educators, administrators, and private school owners. The company was founded in 1966 and is based in SÃ£o Paulo, Brazil.
About 17 Education & Technology Group
17 Education & Technology Group Inc., an education technology company, provides K-12 online education service in the People's Republic of China. It also offers online K-12 large-class after-school tutoring services on development of course syllabi and content and adaptation for live classes areas. The company was incorporated in 2012 and is headquartered in Beijing, the People's Republic of China.
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