Youdao (NYSE:DAO) and Adtalem Global Education (NYSE:ATGE) are both small-cap business services companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, earnings, valuation, analyst recommendations, dividends, profitability and risk.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Youdao and Adtalem Global Education’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Youdao $106.57 million 14.56 -$30.43 million N/A N/A
Adtalem Global Education $1.24 billion 1.53 $95.17 million $2.82 12.21

Adtalem Global Education has higher revenue and earnings than Youdao.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for Youdao and Adtalem Global Education, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Youdao 0 0 2 0 3.00
Adtalem Global Education 0 1 3 0 2.75

Youdao presently has a consensus price target of $18.80, indicating a potential upside of 35.45%. Adtalem Global Education has a consensus price target of $45.00, indicating a potential upside of 30.70%. Given Youdao’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities analysts clearly believe Youdao is more favorable than Adtalem Global Education.


This table compares Youdao and Adtalem Global Education’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Youdao N/A N/A N/A
Adtalem Global Education 9.84% 11.44% 7.08%

Insider & Institutional Ownership

97.1% of Adtalem Global Education shares are held by institutional investors. 1.5% of Adtalem Global Education shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.


Adtalem Global Education beats Youdao on 8 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Youdao

Youdao, Inc., an Internet technology company, provides online services in content, community, communication, and commerce in China. The company provides various learning content, applications, and solutions, which covers topics and targets people from various age groups for their learning needs through its websites and mobile applications. Its learning services and products primarily include online courses, fee-based premium services, and others, as well as online marketing services. The company also provides sales of smart devices and solutions, and technical supporting to the VIE; consulting services; and online learning services, as well as online marketing services. Youdao, Inc. was founded in 2006 and is based in Hangzhou, China.

About Adtalem Global Education

Adtalem Global Education Inc. provides educational services worldwide. It operates through three segments: Medical and Healthcare, Professional Education, and Technology and Business. The Medical and Healthcare segment operates Chamberlain University, which provides a pre-licensure bachelor’s degree in nursing at 21 campus locations and post-licensure bachelor’s, master’s, and doctorate degree programs in nursing through its online platform; and operates medical and veterinary schools, including American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine, Ross University School of Medicine, and Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine. The Professional Education segment operates an Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists, which provides membership services, certified anti-money laundering specialist certification, conferences, risk assessment, training, and publications; and Becker Professional Education that prepares candidates for the Certified Public Accountant, Certified Management Accountant, and U.S. Medical Licensing Examination certification examinations, as well as professional education programs and seminars in accounting and finance. This segment also offers professional education in the areas of finance, accounting, analytics, marketing, and healthcare. The Technology and Business segment operates approximately 15 institutions, which offers undergraduate and graduate programs in the areas of business, management, medical, healthcare, law, and engineering; and provides legal bar exam review courses. The company was formerly known as DeVry Education Group Inc. and changed its name to Adtalem Global Education Inc. in May 2017. Adtalem Global Education Inc. was founded in 1931 and is based in Chicago, Illinois.

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