Comparing Grand Canyon Education (LOPE) and K12 (LRN)

Grand Canyon Education (NASDAQ: LOPE) and K12 (NYSE:LRN) are both consumer discretionary companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their risk, dividends, earnings, profitability, valuation, analyst recommendations and institutional ownership.


This table compares Grand Canyon Education and K12’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Grand Canyon Education 18.77% 21.77% 15.47%
K12 0.05% 3.18% 2.40%

Insider and Institutional Ownership

96.6% of Grand Canyon Education shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 79.5% of K12 shares are owned by institutional investors. 3.0% of Grand Canyon Education shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 18.3% of K12 shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Grand Canyon Education and K12’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Grand Canyon Education $921.61 million 4.37 $310.30 million $3.62 23.53
K12 $888.52 million 0.81 $35.91 million N/A N/A

Grand Canyon Education has higher revenue and earnings than K12.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and target prices for Grand Canyon Education and K12, as provided by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Grand Canyon Education 0 0 4 0 3.00
K12 0 0 2 0 3.00

Grand Canyon Education currently has a consensus price target of $77.25, suggesting a potential downside of 9.30%. K12 has a consensus price target of $18.50, suggesting a potential upside of 5.29%. Given K12’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe K12 is more favorable than Grand Canyon Education.

Volatility and Risk

Grand Canyon Education has a beta of 1.4, suggesting that its share price is 40% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, K12 has a beta of -0.24, suggesting that its share price is 124% less volatile than the S&P 500.


Grand Canyon Education beats K12 on 9 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Grand Canyon Education

Grand Canyon Education, Inc. is engaged in the provision of postsecondary education. The Company is a regionally accredited university. The Company offers the degrees, including Doctor of Education, Doctor of Business Administration, Doctor of Nursing Practice, Doctor of Philosophy, Education Specialist, Master of Divinity, Master of Arts, Master of Education, Master of Business Administration and Master of Public Administration, Master of Public Health, Master of Science, Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, and a range of programs for its degrees. It also offers certificate programs, which consist of a series of courses focused on a particular area of study for both the post-baccalaureate and post-graduate students. The Company offers its ground-based programs to students through three 15-week semesters in a calendar year and to online students in courses that generally range from 5 to 16 weeks throughout the calendar year.

About K12

K12 Inc. (K12) is a technology-based education company. The Company offers curriculum, software systems and educational services designed to facilitate individualized learning for students in kindergarten through 12th grade (K-12). It provides a continuum of technology-based educational products and solutions to public school districts, public schools, virtual charter schools, private schools and families. The Company offers a set of products and services primarily to three lines of business, which include Managed Public School Programs, which consists of virtual and blended schools; Institutional business, which includes educational products and services sold to school districts, public schools and other educational institutions, and Private Pay Schools and Other, which includes private schools, including international, for which it charges student tuition and direct consumer sales. It sells individual online courses and supplemental educational products directly to families.

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