Checkpoint Systems (NYSE: CKP) and ICF International (NASDAQ:ICFI) are both industrials companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, institutional ownership, valuation, risk, dividends, profitability and analyst recommendations.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Checkpoint Systems -27.26% -50.16% -20.24%
ICF International 4.02% 10.25% 5.29%

Institutional & Insider Ownership

90.3% of ICF International shares are owned by institutional investors. 5.5% of ICF International shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for Checkpoint Systems and ICF International, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Checkpoint Systems 0 0 0 0 N/A
ICF International 0 2 3 0 2.60

ICF International has a consensus price target of $58.67, suggesting a potential upside of 20.71%. Given ICF International’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe ICF International is more favorable than Checkpoint Systems.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Checkpoint Systems and ICF International’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Checkpoint Systems N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
ICF International $1.20 billion 0.76 $115.22 million $2.50 19.44

ICF International has higher revenue and earnings than Checkpoint Systems.

Summary

ICF International beats Checkpoint Systems on 8 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Checkpoint Systems

Checkpoint Systems, Inc. is a United States-based supplier of merchandise availability solutions for the retail industry. The Company provides end-to-end solutions enabling retailers to achieve real-time inventory, accelerate the replenishment cycle, prevent out-of-stocks and reduce theft. It offers merchandise availability solutions, such as shrink management, including antennas, labels and tags, source tagging, deactivation, remote service and support, and Alpha High Theft Solutions, and merchandise visibility solutions, including inventory management, asset tracking and OneTag Program. OneTag Program allows retailers to obtain the benefits of inventory visibility and loss prevention with a single radio frequency identification tag. It offers apparel labelling solutions, such as Trim, including woven labels, printed fabric labels and specialty trim services, and brand merchandising, including printed items and self-adhesive. It serves markets, such as electronics and grocery.

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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