Universal Technical Institute (NYSE:UTI) and Vasta Platform (NASDAQ:VSTA) are both small-cap consumer discretionary companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, earnings, valuation, dividends, profitability, risk and analyst recommendations.
Earnings and Valuation
This table compares Universal Technical Institute and Vasta Platform’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||Net Income||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|Universal Technical Institute||$300.76 million||0.63||$8.01 million||($0.14)||-41.21|
|Vasta Platform||$193.54 million||3.80||-$8.86 million||N/A||N/A|
This is a breakdown of current ratings and price targets for Universal Technical Institute and Vasta Platform, as reported by MarketBeat.com.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
|Universal Technical Institute||0||1||3||0||2.75|
Universal Technical Institute currently has a consensus target price of $10.33, suggesting a potential upside of 79.09%. Vasta Platform has a consensus target price of $16.40, suggesting a potential upside of 85.10%. Given Vasta Platform’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Vasta Platform is more favorable than Universal Technical Institute.
This table compares Universal Technical Institute and Vasta Platform’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
|Universal Technical Institute||-2.56%||-6.10%||-1.50%|
Institutional & Insider Ownership
66.1% of Universal Technical Institute shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 20.4% of Vasta Platform shares are owned by institutional investors. 3.3% of Universal Technical Institute shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.
Vasta Platform beats Universal Technical Institute on 7 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.
About Universal Technical Institute
Universal Technical Institute, Inc. provides postsecondary education for students seeking careers as professional automotive, diesel, collision repair, motorcycle, and marine technicians in the United States. It offers certificate, diploma, or degree programs; and specialized technical education programs under various brands, such as Universal Technical Institute, Motorcycle Mechanics Institute and Marine Mechanics Institute, and NASCAR Technical Institute. The company also provides manufacturer specific advanced training programs, including student paid electives at its campuses; and manufacturer or dealer sponsored training at various campuses and dedicated training centers, as well as offers programs for welding and computer numeric control machining. As of November 18, 2020, it operated 12 campuses. Universal Technical Institute, Inc. was founded in 1965 and is headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona.
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.
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