Comparing 51job (JOBS) and John Wiley & Sons (JW.A)

51job (NASDAQ: JOBS) and John Wiley & Sons (NYSE:JW.A) are both mid-cap consumer staples companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, institutional ownership, valuation, earnings, dividends, analyst recommendations and risk.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

41.8% of 51job shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 74.5% of John Wiley & Sons shares are held by institutional investors. 1.0% of John Wiley & Sons shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for 51job and John Wiley & Sons, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
51job 0 0 2 0 3.00
John Wiley & Sons 0 2 0 0 2.00

51job presently has a consensus price target of $60.00, suggesting a potential downside of 31.51%. John Wiley & Sons has a consensus price target of $60.00, suggesting a potential downside of 7.05%. Given John Wiley & Sons’ higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe John Wiley & Sons is more favorable than 51job.

Profitability

This table compares 51job and John Wiley & Sons’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
51job 13.05% 15.72% 9.76%
John Wiley & Sons 10.44% 18.07% 7.09%

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares 51job and John Wiley & Sons’ top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
51job $437.82 million 12.36 $57.15 million $0.84 104.30
John Wiley & Sons $1.72 billion 2.14 $113.64 million $3.20 20.17

John Wiley & Sons has higher revenue and earnings than 51job. John Wiley & Sons is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than 51job, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Dividends

John Wiley & Sons pays an annual dividend of $1.28 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.0%. 51job does not pay a dividend. John Wiley & Sons pays out 40.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Volatility & Risk

51job has a beta of 1.27, suggesting that its stock price is 27% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, John Wiley & Sons has a beta of 1.02, suggesting that its stock price is 2% more volatile than the S&P 500.

51job Company Profile

51job, Inc. is a holding company. The Company is a provider of integrated human resource services in China. The Company focuses on online recruitment advertising. The Company operates over three Websites, including www.51job.com, www.yingjiesheng.com and www.51jingying.com, which are utilized by a base of corporate employers, reach an audience of job seekers and aggregate job information from over 100 cities across China. The Company provides a range of human resource services in the categories, such as recruitment advertising services, including online recruitment services provided by its Websites, and other human resource related services, including business process outsourcing, training, campus recruitment, professional assessment tools, salary and other human resource related surveys, human resource conferences and executive search services.

John Wiley & Sons Company Profile

John Wiley & Sons, Inc. provides knowledge and knowledge-enabled services in the areas of research, professional practice and education. The Company operates through three segments: Research, Professional Development and Education. Through the Research segment, the Company provides digital and print scientific, technical, medical and scholarly journals, reference works, books, database services and advertising. The Professional Development segment provides digital and print books, corporate learning solutions, employment talent solutions and training services, and test prep and certification. In the Education segment, the Company provides print and digital content, and education solutions, including online program management services for higher education institutions and course management tools for instructors and students. The Company is engaged in developing and cross-marketing products to its customer base of researchers, professionals, students and educators.

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