ICF International (NASDAQ: ICFI) and Mistras Group (NYSE:MG) are both small-cap industrials companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their risk, dividends, institutional ownership, earnings, analyst recommendations, profitability and valuation.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares ICF International and Mistras Group’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
ICF International $1.19 billion 0.85 $46.58 million $2.51 21.43
Mistras Group $719.18 million 0.93 $24.65 million $0.14 168.73

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

Profitability

This table compares ICF International and Mistras Group’s 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%
Mistras Group 0.68% 6.16% 3.48%

Risk and Volatility

ICF International has a beta of 0.85, meaning that its stock price is 15% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Mistras Group has a beta of 1.19, meaning that its stock price is 19% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

91.4% of ICF International shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 61.9% of Mistras Group shares are owned by institutional investors. 5.5% of ICF International shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 44.7% of Mistras Group shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings for ICF International and Mistras Group, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
ICF International 0 2 3 0 2.60
Mistras Group 1 5 1 0 2.00

ICF International currently has a consensus price target of $60.00, indicating a potential upside of 11.52%. Mistras Group has a consensus price target of $36.33, indicating a potential upside of 53.82%. Given Mistras Group’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Mistras Group is more favorable than ICF International.

Summary

ICF International beats Mistras Group on 9 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.

Mistras Group Company Profile

Mistras Group, Inc. offers asset protection solutions and is a provider of technology-enabled asset protection solutions used to evaluate the structural integrity and reliability of critical energy, industrial and public infrastructure. The Company’s segments are Services segment, which provides asset protection solutions in North America with concentration on the United States along with a Canadian services business, consisting of non-destructive testing, and inspection and engineering services that are used to evaluate structural integrity and reliability of critical energy, industrial and public infrastructure; International segment, which offers services, products and systems similar to those of its Services and Products and Systems segments to markets in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia and South America, and Products and Systems segment, which designs, manufactures, sells, installs and services asset protection products and systems, including equipment and instrumentation.

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