CRA International Inc. (CRAI) and SP Plus Corporation (NASDAQ:SP) Contrasting side by side

We will be comparing the differences between CRA International Inc. (NASDAQ:CRAI) and SP Plus Corporation (NASDAQ:SP) as far as analyst recommendations, profitability, risk, institutional ownership, dividends, earnings and valuation are concerned. The two businesses are rivals in the Management Services industry.

Earnings & Valuation

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
CRA International Inc. 405.90M 0.88 13.31M 1.98 24.28
SP Plus Corporation 775.40M 1.01 53.20M 2.31 12.48

Table 1 shows top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation of the two companies. SP Plus Corporation seems to has higher revenue and earnings compared to CRA International Inc. The company that is more expensive between the two has a higher price-to-earnings ratio. CRA International Inc. has been trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than SP Plus Corporation, which means that it is at the moment the more expensive of the two companies.


Table 2 shows the return on equity, return on assets and net margins of the two firms.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
CRA International Inc. 3.28% 6.6% 3.8%
SP Plus Corporation 6.86% 15.4% 6.8%

Risk and Volatility

CRA International Inc. has a 1.03 beta, while its volatility is 3.00% which is more volatile than Standard & Poor’s 500. From a competition point of view, SP Plus Corporation has a 1.14 beta which is 14.00% more volatile compared to Standard & Poor’s 500.


CRA International Inc.’s Current Ratio and Quick Ratio are 1.4 and 1.4 respectively. The Current Ratio and Quick Ratio of its competitor SP Plus Corporation are 0.8 and 0.8 respectively. CRA International Inc. therefore has a better chance of paying off short and long-term obligations compared to SP Plus Corporation.


CRA International Inc. dividend pay is $0.68 per share with 1.54% dividend yield annually. SP Plus Corporation does not pay a dividend.

Analyst Recommendations

The table delivered features the ratings and recommendations for CRA International Inc. and SP Plus Corporation.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Rating Score
CRA International Inc. 0 0 0 0.00
SP Plus Corporation 0 0 2 3.00

On the other hand, SP Plus Corporation’s potential upside is 29.74% and its average target price is $45.5.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

Roughly 84.4% of CRA International Inc. shares are owned by institutional investors while 0% of SP Plus Corporation are owned by institutional investors. CRA International Inc.’s share owned by insiders are 3.2%. Competitively, 0.8% are SP Plus Corporation’s share owned by insiders.


Here are the Weekly, Monthly, Quarterly, Half Yearly, Yearly and YTD Performance of both pretenders.

Performance (W) Performance (M) Performance (Q) Performance (HY) Performance (Y) Performance (YTD)
CRA International Inc. -1.42% 3.62% -13.96% -13.19% 7.06% 6.92%
SP Plus Corporation -5.05% -10.73% -25.73% -26.21% -26.58% -22.43%

For the past year CRA International Inc. has 6.92% stronger performance while SP Plus Corporation has -22.43% weaker performance.


SP Plus Corporation beats CRA International Inc. on 11 of the 15 factors.

CRA International, Inc., a consulting company, provides economic, financial, and management consulting services worldwide. The company advises clients on economic and financial matters pertaining to litigation and regulatory proceedings; and guides corporations through critical business strategy and performance-related issues. It provides consulting services, including research and analysis, expert testimony, and support in litigation and regulatory proceedings in the areas of finance, accounting, economics, insurance, and forensic accounting and investigations to corporate clients and attorneys. The company also offers services related to class certification, damages analysis, expert reports and testimony, regulatory analysis, strategy development, valuation of tangible and intangible assets, risk management, and transaction support to law firms, businesses, and government agencies. In addition, it provides management consulting services, such as strategy development, performance improvement, corporate strategy and portfolio analysis, estimation of market demand, new product pricing strategies, valuation of intellectual property and other assets, assessment of competitors' actions, and analysis of new sources of supply. The company serves various industries, including agriculture; banking and capital markets; chemicals; communications and media; consumer products; energy; entertainment; financial services; health care; insurance; life sciences; manufacturing; metals, mining, and materials; oil and gas; real estate; retail; sports; telecommunications; transportation; and technology. Further, it develops and markets neural network software tools, as well as provides complementary application consulting services primarily for electric utilities. CRA International, Inc. was founded in 1965 and is headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts.

SP Plus Corporation provides parking management, ground transportation, and other ancillary services to commercial, institutional, and municipal clients in the United States, Puerto Rico, and Canada. It offers facility maintenance, event logistics, training, scheduling, and supervising of service personnel. The company also provides customer service, marketing, and accounting and revenue control functions to facilitate the operation of its clients' facilities or events. In addition, it offers a range of ancillary services, such as shuttle bus vehicles and drivers; ground transportation services, such as taxi and livery dispatch, concierge-type ground transportation information, and support services for arriving passengers; on-street parking meter collection and other forms of parking enforcement services; and remote parking management. Further, the company provides facility maintenance services, including power sweeping and washing, painting and general repairs, and cleaning and seasonal services; security services; and multi-platform marketing services comprising SP+ branded Websites offering clients a platform for marketing their facilities, mobile apps, search marketing, email marketing, and social media campaigns. The company serves private and public owners, municipalities, managers, and developers of office buildings, residential properties, commercial properties, shopping centers and other retail properties, sports and special event complexes, hotels, and healthcare facilities. As of December 31, 2016, it managed 3,686 parking facility locations containing approximately 2.0 million parking spaces in 357 cities; operated 78 parking-related service centers serving 73 airports; operated a fleet of approximately 700 shuttle buses; and operated 652 valet locations. The company was formerly known as Standard Parking Corporation and changed its name to SP Plus Corporation in December 2013. SP Plus Corporation was founded in 1929 and is based in Chicago, Illinois.


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