Critical Survey: ICF International (NASDAQ:ICFI) versus Its Competitors

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

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares ICF International and its competitors revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
ICF International $1.20 billion $115.22 million 21.68
ICF International Competitors $1.10 billion $177.92 million 23.29

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

Institutional and Insider Ownership

91.0% of ICF International shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 62.1% of shares of all “Business Support Services” companies are held by institutional investors. 5.5% of ICF International shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 12.6% of shares of all “Business Support Services” companies are held by company 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 current ratings and price targets for ICF International and its competitors, 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 627 1860 2608 62 2.41

ICF International presently has a consensus price target of $60.00, suggesting a potential upside of 10.70%. As a group, “Business Support Services” companies have a potential downside of 7.07%. Given ICF International’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities research analysts plainly believe ICF International is more favorable than its competitors.

Profitability

This table compares ICF International and its competitors’ 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 -54.28% -161.40% -0.08%

Risk & Volatility

ICF International has a beta of 0.89, suggesting that its stock price is 11% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, ICF International’s competitors have a beta of 1.13, suggesting that their average stock price is 13% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

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

About ICF International

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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