ICF International (NASDAQ: ICFI) and ServiceMaster Global Holdings (NYSE:SERV) are both business services companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, earnings, dividends, analyst recommendations, risk, profitabiliy and institutional ownership.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and target prices for ICF International and ServiceMaster Global Holdings, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
ICF International 0 2 2 0 2.50
ServiceMaster Global Holdings 2 0 5 0 2.43

ICF International presently has a consensus price target of $60.00, suggesting a potential upside of 32.16%. ServiceMaster Global Holdings has a consensus price target of $43.57, suggesting a potential downside of 2.72%. Given ICF International’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe ICF International is more favorable than ServiceMaster Global Holdings.

Volatility & Risk

ICF International has a beta of 0.81, indicating that its share price is 19% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, ServiceMaster Global Holdings has a beta of 1.05, indicating that its share price is 5% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares ICF International and ServiceMaster Global Holdings’ gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
ICF International $1.20 billion 0.71 $113.62 million $2.50 18.16
ServiceMaster Global Holdings $2.84 billion 2.10 $665.00 million $1.66 26.98

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

Insider & Institutional Ownership

90.2% of ICF International shares are owned by institutional investors. 5.5% of ICF International shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 1.2% of ServiceMaster Global Holdings shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares ICF International and ServiceMaster Global Holdings’ 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%
ServiceMaster Global Holdings 7.92% 40.74% 5.17%

Summary

ServiceMaster Global Holdings beats ICF International on 8 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

ICF International Company Profile

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.

ServiceMaster Global Holdings Company Profile

ServiceMaster Global Holdings, Inc. is a provider of essential residential and commercial services. The Company operates through three segments: Terminix, American Home Shield and the Franchise Services Group. Its portfolio of brands includes Terminix, American Home Shield, ServiceMaster Restore, ServiceMaster Clean, Merry Maids, Furniture Medic and AmeriSpec. The Terminix segment provides termite and pest control services in the United States. The American Home Shield segment provides home warranty plans that cover the repair or replacement of components of up to 21 household systems and appliances, including electrical, plumbing, central heating and air conditioning (HVAC) systems, dishwashers and ovens/cook tops. The Franchise Services Group segment consists of the ServiceMaster Restore (disaster restoration), ServiceMaster Clean (janitorial), Merry Maids (residential cleaning), Furniture Medic (cabinet and wood furniture repair) and AmeriSpec (home inspection) businesses.

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