Information Services Group (NASDAQ: III) and TMS International Corp. (NYSE:TMS) are both small-cap business services companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, valuation, profitability, institutional ownership, risk, analyst recommendations and earnings.

Profitability

This table compares Information Services Group and TMS International Corp.’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Information Services Group -2.97% -4.66% -1.21%
TMS International Corp. N/A N/A N/A

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Information Services Group and TMS International Corp.’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Information Services Group $216.50 million 0.79 -$6.50 million ($0.21) -18.76
TMS International Corp. N/A N/A N/A $0.81 21.59

TMS International Corp. has higher revenue, but lower earnings than Information Services Group. Information Services Group is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than TMS International Corp., indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

40.5% of Information Services Group shares are held by institutional investors. 12.0% of Information Services Group shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings for Information Services Group and TMS International Corp., as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Information Services Group 0 0 2 0 3.00
TMS International Corp. 0 0 0 0 N/A

Information Services Group presently has a consensus target price of $6.50, indicating a potential upside of 64.97%. Given Information Services Group’s higher probable upside, equities analysts clearly believe Information Services Group is more favorable than TMS International Corp..

Summary

Information Services Group beats TMS International Corp. on 5 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Information Services Group

Information Services Group, Inc. is a technology insights, market intelligence and advisory services company. The Company operates in the segment of fact-based sourcing advisory services. It supports private and public sector organizations to transform and optimize their operational environments through research, benchmarking, consulting and managed services with a focus on information technology, business process transformation, program management services and enterprise resource planning. It offers service lines, including research, consulting, managed services, network carrier services, robotic process automation (RPA), outsourcing advisory and provider services. It specializes in digital transformation services, including automation, cloud and data analytics; managed governance and risk services; network carrier services; technology strategy and operations design; change management, and technology research and analysis.

About TMS International Corp.

TMS International Corp. (TMS), formerly Metal Services Acquisition Corp., is a provider of outsourced industrial services to steel mills in North America. The Company provides a range of services through two segments: Mill Services Group and Raw Material and Optimization Group. The Mill Services Group segment includes scrap management and preparation; semi-finished and finished material handling; metal recovery and slag handling, processing and sales, and surface conditioning. The Raw Material and Optimization Group segment include raw materials procurement and logistics, and software-based raw materials cost optimization. The Company is a holding company controlled by Onex, and it operates through its wholly-owned subsidiaries, including its primary operating company Tube City IMS, LLC. It operates at 74 customer sites in nine countries across North America, Europe and Latin America, and its global raw materials procurement network spans five continents.

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