ICF International (NASDAQ: ICFI) is one of 99 publicly-traded companies in the “Business Support Services” industry, but how does it compare to its rivals? We will compare ICF International to related businesses based on the strength of its valuation, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, earnings, profitability, dividends and risk.

Risk and Volatility

ICF International has a beta of 0.83, indicating that its stock price is 17% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, ICF International’s rivals have a beta of 1.13, indicating that their average stock price is 13% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares ICF International and its rivals top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
ICF International $1.20 billion $115.22 million 21.48
ICF International Competitors $1.10 billion $177.93 million 23.37

ICF International has higher revenue, but lower earnings than its rivals. ICF International is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its rivals, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Profitability

This table compares ICF International and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
ICF International 4.02% 10.25% 5.29%
ICF International Competitors -51.72% -169.14% 1.11%

Institutional & Insider Ownership

90.2% of ICF International shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 63.0% of shares of all “Business Support Services” companies are owned by institutional investors. 5.5% of ICF International shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 12.4% of shares of all “Business Support Services” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and target prices for ICF International and its rivals, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
ICF International 0 3 3 0 2.50
ICF International Competitors 629 1864 2618 63 2.41

ICF International presently has a consensus target price of $60.00, indicating a potential upside of 11.73%. As a group, “Business Support Services” companies have a potential downside of 8.22%. Given ICF International’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe ICF International is more favorable than its rivals.

Summary

ICF International beats its rivals on 7 of the 13 factors compared.

ICF International Company Profile

ICF International, Inc. provides professional services and technology-based solutions to government and commercial clients, including management, technology, and policy consulting and implementation services. The Company’s services address four markets: energy, environment and infrastructure; health, education and social programs; safety and security, and consumer and financial. Its services include research and analytic services, assessment and advisory services, design and management services, solution identification and implementation services, and engagement services. The Company researches policy, industry and stakeholder issues, trends and behavior. The Company collects and analyzes various data to understand issues and options for its clients. The Company measures and evaluates results and their impact and, based on those assessments, the Company provides advice to its clients on how to navigate societal, market, business, communication and technology challenges.

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