Comparing JOHN WILEY & SONS -CL A (JW.A) and John Wiley & Sons (JW.B)

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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 dividends, earnings, risk, valuation, analyst recommendations, profitability and institutional ownership.

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%

Earnings and Valuation

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

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
JOHN WILEY & SONS -CL A $1.80 billion 1.80 $192.18 million $3.43 16.37
John Wiley & Sons $1.80 billion 1.80 $192.18 million N/A N/A

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and price targets for JOHN WILEY & SONS -CL A and John Wiley & Sons, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

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 currently has a consensus target price of $60.00, indicating a potential upside of 6.84%. Given JOHN WILEY & SONS -CL A’s higher possible upside, equities research analysts plainly believe JOHN WILEY & SONS -CL A is more favorable than John Wiley & Sons.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

71.0% of JOHN WILEY & SONS -CL A shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.6% of JOHN WILEY & SONS -CL A shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 29.7% of John Wiley & Sons shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Volatility & Risk

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

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.

Summary

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

About JOHN WILEY & SONS -CL A

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.

About John Wiley & Sons

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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