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Maryland-based business services firm GP Strategies Corp. is a global performance improvement solutions provider of engineering, fabrication, construction, training, eLearning solutions, and management consulting services. Its clients include Fortune 500 companies, manufacturing, process and energy industries, and other commercial and government customers. It has a market cap of $575-million (U.S.).

GP has a return on capital using the Joel Greenblatt-based model's EBIT/tangible capital employed metric of 53.2 per cent.

It has grown EPS at a 21-per-cent clip over the long term (using an average of 3 and 5yr EPS growth rates), part of why it gets some interest from Peter Lynch model

It has debt/equity ratio of just 2 per cent versus the 97-per-cent business services industry average.

The James O'Shaughnessy-based growth model likes that it has upped EPS in each year of past half decade. The O'Shaughnessy approach also likes its combo of a strong 12 month relative strength of 79 and a reasonable price/sales ratio of 1.17.

The company has averaged net profit margin of 5.5 per cent over past three years, which the Kenneth Fisher-based model likes.

And it has a 14-per-cent return on equity versus an 8-per-cent business services industry average.

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