Head-To-Head Contrast: ATA Creativity Global (NASDAQ:AACG) vs. Universal Technical Institute (NASDAQ:UTI)

ATA Creativity Global (NASDAQ:AACG) and Universal Technical Institute (NYSE:UTI) are both small-cap consumer discretionary companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, risk, earnings, analyst recommendations, dividends, institutional ownership and profitability.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and target prices for ATA Creativity Global and Universal Technical Institute, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
ATA Creativity Global 0 0 0 0 N/A
Universal Technical Institute 0 1 5 0 2.83

Universal Technical Institute has a consensus price target of $9.83, suggesting a potential upside of 92.43%. Given Universal Technical Institute’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Universal Technical Institute is more favorable than ATA Creativity Global.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

0.1% of ATA Creativity Global shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 66.7% of Universal Technical Institute shares are held by institutional investors. 52.9% of ATA Creativity Global shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 16.3% of Universal Technical Institute shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Risk and Volatility

ATA Creativity Global has a beta of 1.48, meaning that its share price is 48% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Universal Technical Institute has a beta of 0.91, meaning that its share price is 9% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares ATA Creativity Global and Universal Technical Institute’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
ATA Creativity Global $14.04 million 2.05 -$17.56 million N/A N/A
Universal Technical Institute $331.50 million 0.50 -$7.87 million ($0.52) -9.83

Universal Technical Institute has higher revenue and earnings than ATA Creativity Global.

Profitability

This table compares ATA Creativity Global and Universal Technical Institute’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
ATA Creativity Global -97.13% -53.12% -23.05%
Universal Technical Institute 2.25% -3.19% -0.68%

Summary

Universal Technical Institute beats ATA Creativity Global on 8 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

ATA Creativity Global Company Profile

ATA Creativity Global, together with its subsidiaries, provides educational services to individual students through its training center network in China. The company's educational services include portfolio training, educational travel, overseas study counseling, and other educational services. It also offers online courses for students. The company was formerly known as ATA Inc. and changed its name to ATA Creativity Global in September 2019. ATA Creativity Global was founded in 1999 and is based in Beijing, China.

Universal Technical Institute Company Profile

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 undergraduate diploma programs for welding and computer numeric control machining. It operates 13 campuses. The company was founded in 1965 and is headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona.

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