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

Insider & Institutional Ownership

53.1% of CAE shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 89.3% of GP Strategies Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. 18.3% of CAE shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 25.7% of GP Strategies Corporation shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Dividends

CAE pays an annual dividend of $0.29 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.7%. GP Strategies Corporation does not pay a dividend. CAE pays out 38.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
CAE 8.96% 13.24% 5.17%
GP Strategies Corporation 3.95% 12.16% 6.50%

Earnings and Valuation

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

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
CAE $2.06 billion 2.28 $191.59 million $0.75 23.25
GP Strategies Corporation $490.56 million 0.86 $20.24 million $1.18 21.23

CAE has higher revenue and earnings than GP Strategies Corporation. GP Strategies Corporation is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than CAE, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and price targets for CAE and GP Strategies Corporation, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
CAE 0 1 2 0 2.67
GP Strategies Corporation 0 1 1 0 2.50

CAE currently has a consensus price target of $23.00, indicating a potential upside of 31.88%. GP Strategies Corporation has a consensus price target of $29.50, indicating a potential upside of 17.76%. Given CAE’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities research analysts plainly believe CAE is more favorable than GP Strategies Corporation.

Volatility & Risk

CAE has a beta of 0.89, indicating that its stock price is 11% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, GP Strategies Corporation has a beta of 0.92, indicating that its stock price is 8% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

CAE beats GP Strategies Corporation on 10 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

About CAE

CAE Inc. provides training for the civil aviation, defense and security, and healthcare markets. The Company designs and integrates training solutions. It operates through three segments: Civil Aviation Training Solutions, Defense and Security, and Healthcare. The Company provides training solutions for flight, cabin, maintenance and ground personnel in commercial, business and helicopter aviation, a range of flight simulation training devices, as well as ab initio pilot training and crew sourcing services. The Company is a training systems integrator for defense forces across the air, land and sea domains, and for government and civil security organizations responsible for public safety. The Company designs, manufactures and markets simulators, simulation center management solutions and courseware for training of medical and allied healthcare students and clinicians in educational institutions, hospitals and defense organizations across the world.

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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