ICF International (NASDAQ:ICFI) and HPIL (OTCMKTS:HPIL) are both small-cap business services companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, dividends, profitability, earnings, valuation, institutional ownership and analyst recommendations.

Dividends

ICF International pays an annual dividend of $0.56 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.8%. HPIL does not pay a dividend. ICF International pays out 15.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

93.2% of ICF International shares are owned by institutional investors. 4.7% of ICF International shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 84.8% of HPIL shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares ICF International and HPIL’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
ICF International 4.59% 11.24% 6.21%
HPIL N/A N/A N/A

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and price targets for ICF International and HPIL, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
ICF International 0 1 3 0 2.75
HPIL 0 0 0 0 N/A

ICF International currently has a consensus price target of $83.50, indicating a potential upside of 12.14%. Given ICF International’s higher possible upside, equities analysts plainly believe ICF International is more favorable than HPIL.

Risk & Volatility

ICF International has a beta of 0.63, suggesting that its stock price is 37% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, HPIL has a beta of 1.04, suggesting that its stock price is 4% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares ICF International and HPIL’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
ICF International $1.34 billion 1.05 $61.40 million $3.73 19.96
HPIL N/A N/A -$7.55 million N/A N/A

ICF International has higher revenue and earnings than HPIL.

Summary

ICF International beats HPIL on 9 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

ICF International Company Profile

ICF International Inc. provides management, marketing, technology, and policy consulting and implementation services to government and commercial clients in the United States and internationally. The company researches critical policy, industry, stakeholder issues, trends, and behaviors; measures and evaluates results and their impact; and provides strategic planning and advisory services to its clients on how to navigate societal, market, business, communication, and technology challenges. It also identifies, defines, and implements policies, plans, programs, and business tools through a range of standard and customized methodologies for its clients; conducts survey research; collects and analyzes various data to understand critical issues and options for its clients; and provides actionable business intelligence, as well as information and data management solutions that allow integrated, and purpose-driven data usage. In addition, the company provides solutions to optimize the customer and citizen experience; and cyber security solutions that support the range of cyber security missions and protect IT infrastructures in the face of relentless threats, as well as designs, develops, and implements technology systems that are principal to its clients' mission or business performance. Further, it informs and engages its clients' constituents, customers, and employees through public relations, branding and marketing, multichannel and strategic communications, and reputation issues management. The company serves energy, environment, and infrastructure; health, education, and social programs; safety and security; and consumer and financial markets. The company was formerly known as ICF Consulting Group Holdings, LLC and changed its name to ICF International, Inc. in 2006. ICF International, Inc. was founded in 1969 and is headquartered in Fairfax, Virginia.

HPIL Company Profile

HPIL Holding focuses on investing in public or private enterprises in various business sectors in the United States and internationally. It intends to invest in healthcare, energy, food, real estate, communications, and art and culture sectors. The company also intends to acquire intellectual properties and technologies for investment primarily in the healthcare and environmental quality sectors. In addition, it offers consulting services, as well as develops products related to the brand license agreement. The company was formerly known as Trim Holding Group and changed its name to HPIL Holding in May 2012 to reflect its business operations. HPIL Holding was founded in 2004 and is based in Midland, Michigan. HPIL Holding is a subsidiary of GIOTOS Limited.

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