Critical Contrast: CleanTech Innovations (SIXD) & ICF International (ICFI)

CleanTech Innovations (OTCMKTS:SIXD) and ICF International (NASDAQ:ICFI) are both small-cap business services companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, earnings, institutional ownership, risk, dividends, valuation and profitability.

Volatility and Risk

CleanTech Innovations has a beta of 9.1, indicating that its stock price is 810% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, ICF International has a beta of 0.7, indicating that its stock price is 30% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

ICF International pays an annual dividend of $0.56 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.8%. CleanTech Innovations does not pay a dividend. ICF International pays out 18.5% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and target prices for CleanTech Innovations and ICF International, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
CleanTech Innovations 0 0 0 0 N/A
ICF International 0 3 3 0 2.50

ICF International has a consensus price target of $79.60, indicating a potential upside of 7.54%. Given ICF International’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe ICF International is more favorable than CleanTech Innovations.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares CleanTech Innovations and ICF International’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
CleanTech Innovations $12.78 million 0.01 -$17.11 million N/A N/A
ICF International $1.23 billion 1.14 $62.87 million $3.02 24.51

ICF International has higher revenue and earnings than CleanTech Innovations.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
CleanTech Innovations N/A N/A N/A
ICF International 5.33% 9.90% 5.46%

Institutional and Insider Ownership

91.8% of ICF International shares are held by institutional investors. 30.2% of CleanTech Innovations shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 4.7% of ICF International shares are held 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.

Summary

ICF International beats CleanTech Innovations on 10 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

CleanTech Innovations Company Profile

6D Global Technologies, Inc. provides digital business solutions serving the digital marketing and technology needs of global organizations worldwide. The company's service portfolio includes mobile application development, digital and content management, marketing data analysis, marketing and creative solutions, and information technology (IT) infrastructure staffing. It provides Web content management, Web analytics, marketing automation, mobile applications, business intelligence, and marketing cloud services. The company also offers contract and contract-to-hire IT professional staffing services. It serves the Fortune 500 commercial, nonprofit, and public sector enterprises in various industries comprising healthcare, consumer, education, manufacturing, and high tech sectors. 6D Global Technologies, Inc. is headquartered in New York, New York.

ICF International Company Profile

ICF International Inc. provides management, marketing, technology, and policy consulting and implementation services to government and commercial clients in the United States and internationally. The company researches critical policy, industry, and stakeholder issues, trends, and behaviors; measures and evaluates results and their impact; and provides strategic planning and advisory services to its clients on how to navigate societal, market, business, communication, and technology challenges. It also identifies, defines, and implements policies, plans, programs, and business tools through a range of standard and customized methodologies for its clients; conducts survey research; collects and analyzes various data to understand critical issues and options for its clients; and provides actionable business intelligence, as well as information and data management solutions that allow integrated, and purpose-driven data usage. In addition, the company provides solutions to optimize the customer and citizen experience; and cyber security solutions that support the range of cyber security missions and protect IT infrastructures in the face of relentless threats, as well as designs, develops, and implements technology systems that are principal to its clients' mission or business performance. Further, it informs and engages its clients' constituents, customers, and employees through public relations, branding and marketing, multichannel and strategic communications, and reputation issues management. The company serves energy, environment, and infrastructure; health, education, and social programs; safety and security; and consumer and financial markets. The company was formerly known as ICF Consulting Group Holdings, LLC and changed its name to ICF International, Inc. in 2006. ICF International, Inc. was founded in 1969 and is headquartered in Fairfax, Virginia.

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