Head to Head Analysis: GP Strategies (GPX) versus Its Competitors

GP Strategies (NYSE: GPX) is one of 41 publicly-traded companies in the “Educational services” industry, but how does it compare to its rivals? We will compare GP Strategies to similar businesses based on the strength of its dividends, profitability, earnings, institutional ownership, risk, valuation and analyst recommendations.

Profitability

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This table compares GP Strategies and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
GP Strategies 2.53% 11.65% 6.17%
GP Strategies Competitors -14.62% -23.10% -6.48%

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares GP Strategies and its rivals top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
GP Strategies $509.21 million $12.89 million 16.15
GP Strategies Competitors $515.82 million $30.04 million 18.16

GP Strategies’ rivals have higher revenue and earnings than GP Strategies. GP Strategies is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its rivals, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Volatility and Risk

GP Strategies has a beta of 0.86, suggesting that its share price is 14% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, GP Strategies’ rivals have a beta of 0.81, suggesting that their average share price is 19% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and target prices for GP Strategies and its rivals, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
GP Strategies 0 0 2 0 3.00
GP Strategies Competitors 132 604 687 12 2.40

GP Strategies presently has a consensus price target of $29.00, indicating a potential upside of 33.03%. As a group, “Educational services” companies have a potential upside of 7.60%. Given GP Strategies’ stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe GP Strategies is more favorable than its rivals.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

89.1% of GP Strategies shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 53.7% of shares of all “Educational services” companies are held by institutional investors. 25.7% of GP Strategies shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 24.5% of shares of all “Educational services” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

GP Strategies beats its rivals on 9 of the 13 factors compared.

GP Strategies Company Profile

GP Strategies Corporation provides performance improvement and learning solutions worldwide. It operates through four segments: Learning Solutions, Professional & Technical Services, Sandy Training & Marketing, and Performance Readiness Solutions. The Learning Solutions segment delivers training, curriculum design and development, digital learning, system hosting, managed learning, and consulting services to electronics and semiconductors, healthcare, software, financial services, and other industries, as well as government agencies; and provides apprenticeship and vocational skills training services. The Professional & Technical Services segment offers training, consulting, engineering, and technical services, including lean consulting, emergency preparedness, safety and regulatory compliance, chemical demilitarization, and environmental services to the manufacturing, steel, pharmaceutical, energy, and petrochemical industries, as well as federal and state government agencies, and government contractors. The Sandy Training & Marketing segment provides custom product sales training to customer sales forces; and technical training services to automotive manufacturers and customers in other industries. The Performance Readiness Solutions segment offers performance and technology consulting services, such as platform adoption, end-user training, change and knowledge management, customer product training outsourcing, training content development, and sales enablement solutions; and organization performance solutions comprising leadership development training, strategy-through-implementation consulting services, and employee engagement tools and services to manufacturing, aerospace, healthcare, life sciences, consumer products, financial, telecommunications, and higher education industries, as well as government agencies. GP Strategies Corporation was founded in 1959 and is headquartered in Columbia, Maryland.

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