Analyzing ICF International (ICFI) & Its Peers

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

Insider and Institutional Ownership

91.4% of ICF International shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 63.2% of shares of all “Business Support Services” companies are owned by institutional investors. 5.5% of ICF International shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 12.5% of shares of all “Business Support Services” companies are owned by company 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 recent ratings for ICF International and its peers, as reported by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
ICF International 0 3 3 0 2.50
ICF International Competitors 630 1785 2555 64 2.41

ICF International presently has a consensus price target of $60.00, indicating a potential upside of 11.01%. As a group, “Business Support Services” companies have a potential downside of 5.12%. Given ICF International’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe ICF International is more favorable than its peers.

Volatility & Risk

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

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares ICF International and its peers top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue NetIncome Price/Earnings Ratio
ICF International $1.19 billion $46.58 million 21.45
ICF International Competitors $1.24 billion $76.68 million 1,470.87

ICF International’s peers have higher revenue and earnings than ICF International. ICF International is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.


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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
ICF International 4.05% 10.14% 5.32%
ICF International Competitors -56.48% -178.51% 0.86%


ICF International peers beat ICF International 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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