ATA (NASDAQ:ATAI) and Hailiang Education Group (NASDAQ:HLG) are both small-cap consumer discretionary companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, valuation, analyst recommendations, profitability, risk, earnings and institutional ownership.
This table compares ATA and Hailiang Education Group’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
|Hailiang Education Group||N/A||N/A||N/A|
Earnings and Valuation
This table compares ATA and Hailiang Education Group’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||Net Income||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|ATA||$48.63 million||0.54||$8.30 million||N/A||N/A|
|Hailiang Education Group||$171.86 million||9.23||$34.21 million||N/A||N/A|
Hailiang Education Group has higher revenue and earnings than ATA.
Institutional and Insider Ownership
2.8% of ATA shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 1.0% of Hailiang Education Group shares are held by institutional investors. 52.9% of ATA shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.
This is a breakdown of recent recommendations for ATA and Hailiang Education Group, as provided by MarketBeat.com.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
|Hailiang Education Group||0||0||0||0||N/A|
Volatility and Risk
ATA has a beta of 1.39, meaning that its stock price is 39% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Hailiang Education Group has a beta of -0.19, meaning that its stock price is 119% less volatile than the S&P 500.
Hailiang Education Group beats ATA on 5 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.
ATA Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides computer-based testing services in the People’s Republic of China. The company offers services for the creation and delivery of computer-based tests utilizing its test delivery platform and proprietary testing technologies that are used for professional licensure and certification tests in various industries, including IT services, banking, teaching, and insurance; and administrative services, such as test registration, scheduling, fee collection, and certification fulfillment. Its e-testing platform integrates various aspects of the test delivery process for computer-based tests, from test form compilation to test scoring and results analysis. The company also offers mobile test administration platform MTS for test administration; and EzTest, an online self-service testing platform that provides testing management and delivery functions for the test delivery organizations and individuals, including item banking, test form composition, test delivery, online proctoring, and test result analysis. In addition, it provides EzInterview, an online interview management platform to support the talent assessment and hiring process; and HR Select, an employee assessment solution that enables corporate human resources departments to test, benchmark, and analyze job applicants; and online education services. As of December 31, 2017, the company operated 3,344 authorized test centers. It serves professional associations, governmental agencies, and IT vendors, as well as individual online education services consumers. ATA Inc. was founded in 1999 and is headquartered in Beijing, the People’s Republic of China.
About Hailiang Education Group
Hailiang Education Group Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides K-12 educational services in the People’s Republic of China. The company operates six affiliated schools that include Hailiang Primary School, Hailiang Junior Middle School, Hailiang Senior Middle School, Hailiang High School of Art, Hailiang Experimental High School, and Hailiang Foreign Language School; and sixteen managed schools. It also offers management consulting, educational training and logistic, hotel management, sports activities consulting, school management, and purchasing and transportation services, as well as after-school enrichment program, overseas study trip, and international study programs. In addition, the company’s schools offer basic educational programs and international programs at the primary school, middle school, and high school levels, as well as courses designed for students to become admitted to programs, such as A-levels courses for the United Kingdom universities, SAT courses for the United States universities, and VCE courses for the Australia universities for students planning to apply to undergraduate programs in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia. As of June 30, 2018, it had 22,110 students enrolled in its schools. Hailiang Education Group Inc. was founded in 1995 and is based in Hangzhou, the People’s Republic of China.
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