Head to Head Contrast: JOHN WILEY & SONS -CL A (JW.A) and John Wiley & Sons (JW.B)

JOHN WILEY & SONS -CL A (NYSE:JW.A) and John Wiley & Sons (NYSE:JW.B) are both mid-cap consumer staples companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their risk, earnings, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, valuation, dividends and profitability.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

72.9% of JOHN WILEY & SONS -CL A shares are held by institutional investors. 0.6% of JOHN WILEY & SONS -CL A shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 29.7% of John Wiley & Sons shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Dividends

JOHN WILEY & SONS -CL A pays an annual dividend of $1.32 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.4%. John Wiley & Sons pays an annual dividend of $1.32 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.4%. JOHN WILEY & SONS -CL A pays out 38.5% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Profitability

This table compares JOHN WILEY & SONS -CL A and John Wiley & Sons’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
JOHN WILEY & SONS -CL A 11.65% 16.49% 6.80%
John Wiley & Sons 11.65% 16.49% 6.80%

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares JOHN WILEY & SONS -CL A and John Wiley & Sons’ top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
JOHN WILEY & SONS -CL A $1.80 billion 1.75 $192.18 million $3.43 15.88
John Wiley & Sons $1.80 billion 1.75 $192.18 million N/A N/A

Risk and Volatility

JOHN WILEY & SONS -CL A has a beta of 0.95, meaning that its share price is 5% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, John Wiley & Sons has a beta of 1.01, meaning that its share price is 1% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and price targets for JOHN WILEY & SONS -CL A and John Wiley & Sons, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
JOHN WILEY & SONS -CL A 0 2 1 0 2.33
John Wiley & Sons 0 0 0 0 N/A

JOHN WILEY & SONS -CL A presently has a consensus target price of $60.00, indicating a potential upside of 10.15%. Given JOHN WILEY & SONS -CL A’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe JOHN WILEY & SONS -CL A is more favorable than John Wiley & Sons.

Summary

John Wiley & Sons beats JOHN WILEY & SONS -CL A on 5 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

JOHN WILEY & SONS -CL A Company Profile

John Wiley & Sons, Inc. provides knowledge and knowledge-enabled services in the areas of research, professional practice and education. The Company operates through three segments: Research, Professional Development and Education. Through the Research segment, the Company provides digital and print scientific, technical, medical and scholarly journals, reference works, books, database services and advertising. The Professional Development segment provides digital and print books, corporate learning solutions, employment talent solutions and training services, and test prep and certification. In the Education segment, the Company provides print and digital content, and education solutions, including online program management services for higher education institutions and course management tools for instructors and students. The Company is engaged in developing and cross-marketing products to its customer base of researchers, professionals, students and educators.

John Wiley & Sons Company Profile

John Wiley & Sons, Inc. provides knowledge and knowledge-enabled services in the areas of research, professional practice and education. The Company operates through three segments: Research, Professional Development and Education. Through the Research segment, the Company provides digital and print scientific, technical, medical and scholarly journals, reference works, books, database services and advertising. The Professional Development segment provides digital and print books, corporate learning solutions, employment talent solutions and training services, and test prep and certification. In the Education segment, the Company provides print and digital content, and education solutions, including online program management services for higher education institutions and course management tools for instructors and students. The Company is engaged in developing and cross-marketing products to its customer base of researchers, professionals, students and educators.

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