Vitru (NASDAQ:VTRU) vs. Perdoceo Education (NASDAQ:PRDO) Direct Survey

Glass (NASDAQ: VTRUGet a rating) and Perdoceo Education (NASDAQ: PRDOGet a rating) are both small-cap consumer discretionary companies, but which company is superior? We’ll compare the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, valuation, earnings, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, risk, and dividends.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

66.4% of Vitru shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 88.0% of Perdoceo Education shares are held by institutional investors. 2.9% of Perdoceo Education shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership indicates that hedge funds, endowments, and large fund managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Benefits and evaluation

This table compares the gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation of Vitru and Perdoceo Education.

Gross revenue Price/sales ratio Net revenue Earnings per share Price/earnings ratio
glass $116.98 million 3.05 $13.09 million $0.53 28.87
Perdoceo Education $693.03 million 0.99 $109.64 million $1.57 6.38

Perdoceo Education has higher revenues and profits than Vitru. Perdoceo Education trades at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Vitru, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.


This table compares the net margins, return on equity and return on assets of Vitru and Perdoceo Education.

Net margins Return on equity return on assets
glass 11.05% 7.60% 4.58%
Perdoceo Education 16.03% 19.23% 15.02%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of the current ratings and target prices for Vitru and Perdoceo Education, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sales Ratings Hold odds Buy reviews Strong buy odds Rating
glass 0 0 1 0 3.00
Perdoceo Education 0 0 1 0 3.00

Perdoceo Education has a consensus price target of $16.00, indicating upside potential of 59.68%. Given Perdoceo Education’s likely higher upside, analysts clearly believe that Perdoceo Education is more favorable than Vitru.

Volatility and risk

Vitru has a beta of 0.18, indicating its stock price is 82% less volatile than the S&P 500. In comparison, Perdoceo Education has a beta of 1.16, indicating its stock price is 16% more volatile than the S&P 500.


Perdoceo Education beats Vitru on 10 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Vitru (Get a rating)

Vitru Limited, together with its subsidiaries, operates as a distance education company in the post-secondary digital education market in Brazil. It operates through three segments: undergraduate digital education courses, continuing education courses and on-campus undergraduate courses. The company offers undergraduate courses in digital education in hybrid methodology, which consist of weekly in-person meetings with on-site tutors. Its courses mainly include courses in pedagogy, business administration, accounting, physical education, engineering, vocational education and health. The company also offers continuing education courses mainly in pedagogy, finance and business, as well as other subjects, such as law, engineering, IT and health-related courses through a hybrid model, in online and on campus. Additionally, it operates 8 campuses that offer traditional on-campus undergraduate courses, including courses in business administration, accounting, physical education, engineering, law, and health. Vitru Limited was founded in 2014 and is headquartered in Florianópolis, Brazil.

About Perdoceo Education (Get a rating)

Perdoceo Education Corporation provides post-secondary education through online, on-campus, and blended learning programs in the United States. The Company operates in two segments, Colorado Technical University and American Intercontinental University. It offers academic programs in the career-oriented disciplines of business and management, nursing, healthcare management, computer science, engineering, information systems and technology, from project management, cybersecurity, and criminal justice, as well as business studies, information technology, education, and health sciences. The company also operates intellipath, a personalized learning platform; and a mobile app and two-way messaging platform. As of December 31, 2021, it had a total enrollment of approximately 40,400 students. The company was formerly known as Career Education Corporation and changed its name to Perdoceo Education Corporation in January 2020. Perdoceo Education Corporation was incorporated in 1994 and is based in Schaumburg, Illinois.

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Norma A. Roth