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

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current recommendations for School Specialty and GP Strategies Corporation, as provided by MarketBeat.

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

GP Strategies Corporation has a consensus target price of $29.50, indicating a potential downside of 1.67%. Given GP Strategies Corporation’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe GP Strategies Corporation is more favorable than School Specialty.


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

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

Insider & Institutional 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 is poised for long-term growth.

Earnings and Valuation

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

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
School Specialty N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
GP Strategies Corporation $502.87 million 1.00 $39.32 million $1.28 23.44

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


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

About School Specialty

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.

About GP Strategies Corporation

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.

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