Sophisticated Investors Should Avoid: China Liberal Education Holdings Limited (CLEU), So-Young International Inc. (SY)

China Liberal Education Holdings Limited (NASDAQ: CLEU) shares are 29.59% up in the year-to-date (YTD) period and have moved 0.95% or $0.06 higher in the latest trading session. Comparatively, the stock is up 73.97% over the trailing 3-month period. If we look at the shorter duration, its week performance is 39.56% and 65.36% over the month.

Analyst Recommendations

0 recommend buying, with 0 rating it as an Overweight.

So-Young International Inc. (NASDAQ:SY), on the other hand, is trading around $12.57 with a market cap of $1.06B and analyst research firms have a positive stance on its shares. Analysts predict that the stock will reach $15.62 and spell out a more modest performance – a 19.53% return. Some analysts are even forecasting $0.39 per share in earnings this year on a short term (1 year) basis.

Let us briefly look at the So-Young International Inc. (SY) financials, with a focus on its operating details as indicated in its earnings report for the last quarter.

Company balance sheet and cash flow

SY’s operating margin was positive on the trailing 12 months basis, remaining steady at 3.10%, while the operating expenses over the recent quarter were at $40.85 million. This represented a 12.06% of the company’s total revenues which amounted $46.46 million. With this in place, we can see that the company’s diluted EPS declined $0.00 on the year-over-year period, growing to $0.03 as given in the last earnings report.

In terms of the balance sheet & cash flow as of (Sep 2020), the total assets figure advanced to $467.58 million from $450.62 million over the previous quarter. Short term investments amounted to $183.03 million while total current assets were at $424.45 million. The company’s free cash flow for the quarter was $0.0.

Major holders

Insiders own 37.89% of the company shares, while shares held by institutions stand at 27.80% with a share float percentage of 13.00M. Investors are also buoyed by the number of investors in a company, with So-Young International Inc. having a total of 50 institutions that hold shares in the company. The top two institutional holders are TB Alternative Assets Ltd. with over 12.52 million shares worth more than $169.88 million. As of Jun 29, 2020, TB Alternative Assets Ltd. held 96.30% of shares outstanding.

The other major institutional holder is First Manhattan Company, with the investment firm holding over 4.3 million shares as of Jun 29, 2020. The firm’s total holdings are worth over $58.37 million and represent 33.09% of shares outstanding.