CIBT Education Group (OTCMKTS:MBAIF) and GP Strategies (NYSE:GPX) are both small-cap consumer discretionary companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, risk, dividends, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, earnings and valuation.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and target prices for CIBT Education Group and GP Strategies, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
CIBT Education Group 0 0 0 0 N/A
GP Strategies 0 0 2 0 3.00

GP Strategies has a consensus target price of $22.00, indicating a potential upside of 46.28%. Given GP Strategies’ higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe GP Strategies is more favorable than CIBT Education Group.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares CIBT Education Group and GP Strategies’ top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
CIBT Education Group $58.67 million 0.71 $15.62 million N/A N/A
GP Strategies $509.21 million 0.49 $12.89 million $1.35 11.14

CIBT Education Group has higher earnings, but lower revenue than GP Strategies.

Profitability

This table compares CIBT Education Group and GP Strategies’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
CIBT Education Group 26.02% 16.54% 7.85%
GP Strategies 1.77% 10.76% 5.32%

Volatility & Risk

CIBT Education Group has a beta of 0.78, indicating that its share price is 22% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, GP Strategies has a beta of 0.89, indicating that its share price is 11% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

88.8% of GP Strategies shares are owned by institutional investors. 25.7% of GP Strategies shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

GP Strategies beats CIBT Education Group on 7 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

CIBT Education Group Company Profile

CIBT Education Group Inc., through its subsidiaries, operates as an education and student housing investment company. The company owns and operates a network of business, technical, and language colleges in North America and Asia. It provides Western and Chinese accredited business and management programs in college preparation, healthcare, hotel management and tourism, English language training, and English teacher certifications, as well as junior and high school preparation programs for overseas study, and other career/vocational training. The company also recruits international students for various kindergarten, primary, secondary schools, and universities in North America; and offers design and advertising services to the real estate industry. In addition, it invests and manages education related real estate projects, such as student hotels, serviced apartments, and education super centers in Canada. The company was formerly known as Capital Alliance Group Inc. and changed its name to CIBT Education Group Inc. in November 2007. CIBT Education Group Inc. was incorporated in 1986 and is headquartered in Vancouver, Canada.

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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