ChinaCache International Holdings (NASDAQ: CCIH) and Hill International (NYSE:HIL) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, analyst recommendations, risk, profitability, earnings, institutional ownership and dividends.

Volatility and Risk

ChinaCache International Holdings has a beta of 0.72, suggesting that its share price is 28% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Hill International has a beta of 0.72, suggesting that its share price is 28% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

32.3% of ChinaCache International Holdings shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 53.1% of Hill International shares are owned by institutional investors. 13.7% of ChinaCache International Holdings shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 13.6% of Hill International shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and price targets for ChinaCache International Holdings and Hill International, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
ChinaCache International Holdings 0 0 0 0 N/A
Hill International 0 0 0 0 N/A

Profitability

This table compares ChinaCache International Holdings and Hill International’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
ChinaCache International Holdings N/A N/A N/A
Hill International -4.72% -9.31% -2.26%

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares ChinaCache International Holdings and Hill International’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
ChinaCache International Holdings $151.84 million 0.19 -$71.45 million ($2.96) -0.36
Hill International $520.85 million 0.53 -$18.82 million ($0.52) -10.29

Hill International has higher revenue and earnings than ChinaCache International Holdings. Hill International is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than ChinaCache International Holdings, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Summary

Hill International beats ChinaCache International Holdings on 5 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

About ChinaCache International Holdings

ChinaCache International Holdings Ltd. (ChinaCache) is a holding Company. The Company provides a portfolio of services and solutions to businesses, government agencies and other enterprises to manage the scalability of their online services and applications. Its across the nation service platform, which consists of its network, servers and software, is designed to handle planned and unplanned peaks without upfront and ongoing capital outlay and other investments on the part of its customers. It provides a portfolio of content and application delivery total solutions and solutions tailored to its customers’ needs. It provides various services that are offered on a standalone basis or combined as part of its integrated solutions, such as Web Page Content Services, File Transfer Services, Rich Media Streaming Services, Guaranteed Application Services, Managed Internet Data Services, ChinaCache Cloud Services, Content Bridging Services and Mobile Internet Solutions.

About Hill International

Hill International, Inc. is a professional services firm. The Company provides program management, project management, construction management and other consulting services primarily to the buildings, transportation, environmental, energy and industrial markets worldwide. It operates in Project Management Group segment. The Project Management Group segment provides construction and project management services to construction owners worldwide. Its services include project management oversight, troubled project turnaround, staff augmentation, project labor agreement consulting, commissioning, estimating and cost management, labor compliance services and facilities management services. The Company’s clients include the United States federal government, the United States state and local governments, foreign governments and the private sector.

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