John Wiley & Sons (NYSE:WLYB) vs. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (NASDAQ:HMHC) Head to Head Contrast

John Wiley & Sons (NYSE:WLYBGet Rating) and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (NASDAQ:HMHCGet Rating) are both mid-cap consumer staples companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, profitability, valuation, institutional ownership, risk, earnings and analyst recommendations.


This table compares John Wiley & Sons and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
John Wiley & Sons 7.06% 18.61% 6.04%
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 20.33% 0.81% 0.11%

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares John Wiley & Sons and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
John Wiley & Sons $1.94 billion 1.49 $148.26 million $2.59 19.99
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt $1.05 billion 2.56 $213.58 million $1.61 13.06

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt has lower revenue, but higher earnings than John Wiley & Sons. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than John Wiley & Sons, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

85.9% of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt shares are held by institutional investors. 29.7% of John Wiley & Sons shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 2.3% of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Risk and Volatility

John Wiley & Sons has a beta of 0.79, suggesting that its share price is 21% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt has a beta of 1.13, suggesting that its share price is 13% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for John Wiley & Sons and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
John Wiley & Sons 0 0 0 0 N/A
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 0 2 0 0 2.00

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt has a consensus target price of $20.00, suggesting a potential downside of 4.90%. Given Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Houghton Mifflin Harcourt is more favorable than John Wiley & Sons.

About John Wiley & Sons (Get Rating)

John Wiley & Sons, Inc. operates as a research and education company worldwide. The company operates through three segments: Research Publishing & Platforms, Academic & Professional Learning, and Education Services. The Research Publishing & Platforms segment offers scientific, technical, medical, and scholarly journals, as well as related content and services to learned societies, individual researchers, other professionals, and academic, corporate, and government libraries. This segment also publishes physical sciences and engineering, health sciences, social sciences, and humanities and life sciences journals; and provides a publishing software and service for scholarly and professional societies, and publishers to deliver, host, enhance, market, and manage their content on the web through the Literatum platform. It sells and distributes its products through various channels, including research libraries and library consortia, and independent subscription agents, as well as directly to professional society members, and other customers. The Academic & Professional Learning segment provides scientific, professional, and education print and digital books, digital courseware, and test preparation services to libraries, corporations, students, professionals, and researchers, as well as learning, development, and assessment services for businesses and professionals. This segment distributes its products through chain and online booksellers, libraries, colleges and universities, corporations, direct to consumer, Websites, distributor networks, and other online applications. The Education Services segment provides online program management services for higher education institutions and mthree talent placement services for professionals and businesses. The company was founded in 1807 and is headquartered in Hoboken, New Jersey.

About Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (Get Rating)

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Company, a learning technology company, provides curriculum, supplemental, intervention solutions, and professional learning services worldwide. It offers education programs in disciplines including reading, literature, math, science, and social studies; and extensions, such as supplemental and intervention solutions, professional services, professional resources, and educational services for teachers under the Heinemann brand. The company was formerly known as HMH Holdings (Delaware), Inc. and changed its name to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Company in October 2013. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Company was founded in 1832 and is headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts.

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