Financial Contrast: GP Strategies (GPX) versus China Education Alliance (CEAI)

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

Institutional & Insider Ownership

87.7% of GP Strategies shares are held by institutional investors. 25.7% of GP Strategies shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 40.5% of China Education Alliance shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.


This table compares GP Strategies and China Education Alliance’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
GP Strategies 1.78% 11.06% 5.65%
China Education Alliance N/A N/A N/A

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares GP Strategies and China Education Alliance’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
GP Strategies $509.21 million 0.47 $12.89 million $1.35 10.82
China Education Alliance N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

GP Strategies has higher revenue and earnings than China Education Alliance.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for GP Strategies and China Education Alliance, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
GP Strategies 0 0 2 0 3.00
China Education Alliance 0 0 1 0 3.00

GP Strategies currently has a consensus price target of $27.00, indicating a potential upside of 84.80%. China Education Alliance has a consensus price target of $8.50, indicating a potential upside of 212,400.00%. Given China Education Alliance’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe China Education Alliance is more favorable than GP Strategies.

Risk & Volatility

GP Strategies has a beta of 0.78, suggesting that its stock price is 22% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, China Education Alliance has a beta of 10.52, suggesting that its stock price is 952% more volatile than the S&P 500.


GP Strategies beats China Education Alliance on 6 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

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.

China Education Alliance Company Profile

China Education Alliance, Inc., an education service company, provides on-line education and on-site training services in the People's Republic of China. It is involved in the distribution of educational resources through the Internet. The company's Website, an education network platform based on network video technology and data sources of education resources, offers database under the Famous Instructor Test Paper Store name that comprises approximately 350,000 exam and test papers, and courseware for college, secondary, and elementary schools, as well as video on demand services, which include tutoring of exam papers and techniques. It also provides on-site teaching and training services under the name of Classroom of Famed Instructors that primarily cover the education curriculum of junior, middle, and high schools. In addition, the company offers vocational and language training services; and an on-line vocational training service through Website, which is an Internet platform for training agencies and schools to offer their services. Further, it owns and operates two foreign language schools. China Education Alliance, Inc. was founded in 2004 and is based in Harbin, the People's Republic of China.

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