GP Strategies Corporation (NYSE: GPX) and School Specialty (NASDAQ:SCHS) are both consumer discretionary companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, risk, institutional ownership, valuation, dividends, earnings and analyst recommendations.

Profitability

This table compares GP Strategies Corporation and School Specialty’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
GP Strategies Corporation 4.27% 12.56% 6.67%
School Specialty N/A N/A N/A

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current recommendations and price targets for GP Strategies Corporation and School Specialty, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
GP Strategies Corporation 0 1 1 0 2.50
School Specialty 0 0 0 0 N/A

GP Strategies Corporation presently has a consensus price target of $29.50, indicating a potential downside of 0.51%. Given GP Strategies Corporation’s higher probable upside, equities research analysts plainly believe GP Strategies Corporation is more favorable than School Specialty.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares GP Strategies Corporation and School Specialty’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
GP Strategies Corporation $502.87 million 0.99 $39.32 million $1.28 23.16
School Specialty N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

GP Strategies Corporation has higher revenue and earnings than School Specialty.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

88.4% of GP Strategies Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. 25.7% of GP Strategies Corporation shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

GP Strategies Corporation beats School Specialty on 8 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

GP Strategies Corporation Company Profile

GP Strategies Corporation (GP Strategies) is a global performance improvement solutions provider of sales and technical training, e-learning solutions, management consulting and engineering services. The Company operates in five segments: Learning Solutions, Professional & Technical Services, Sandy Training & Marketing, RWD and Energy Services. Its clients include companies and governmental and other commercial customers in a variety of industries. It serves companies in the automotive, steel, oil and gas, power, chemical, electronics and technology, manufacturing, software, financial, retail, healthcare and food and beverage industries, as well as government agencies. On December 31, 2011, GP Strategies Corporation merged with and into its operating subsidiary, General Physics Corporation (General Physics). In April 2014, the Company acquired Effective-People and Effective-Learning companies.

School Specialty Company Profile

School Specialty, Inc. (School Specialty) is a education company serving the pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade (preK-12) market with instructional solutions that address a spectrum of educational needs, from basic school supplies to standards-based curriculum solutions. The Company operates in two segments: Accelerated Learning Segment and Educational Resources Segment. The Company’s Accelerated Learning segment is a preK-12 curriculum-based publisher of products and services supporting the areas, such as Science, Math, Reading and Math Intervention, Planning and Student Development and Coordinated School Health. The Company’s Educational Resources segment provides supplemental educational materials to educators in the preK-12 market. Products include a line of everyday consumables and instructional materials and furniture and equipment.

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