ICF International (NASDAQ: ICFI) and Cintas Corporation (NASDAQ:CTAS) are both business services companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, valuation, analyst recommendations, dividends, institutional ownership, risk and earnings.


Cintas Corporation pays an annual dividend of $1.33 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.9%. ICF International does not pay a dividend. Cintas Corporation pays out 26.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. ICF International has raised its dividend for 34 consecutive years.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

90.3% of ICF International shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 64.8% of Cintas Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. 5.5% of ICF International shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 18.9% of Cintas Corporation shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares ICF International and Cintas Corporation’s 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 0.86 $115.22 million $2.50 22.10
Cintas Corporation $5.67 billion 2.81 $1.12 billion $5.08 29.57

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

Volatility & Risk

ICF International has a beta of 0.89, meaning that its share price is 11% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Cintas Corporation has a beta of 0.86, meaning that its share price is 14% less volatile than the S&P 500.


This table compares ICF International and Cintas Corporation’s 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%
Cintas Corporation 9.79% 23.71% 9.70%

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and price targets for ICF International and Cintas Corporation, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
ICF International 0 2 3 0 2.60
Cintas Corporation 1 7 2 0 2.10

ICF International currently has a consensus target price of $60.67, indicating a potential upside of 9.80%. Cintas Corporation has a consensus target price of $139.88, indicating a potential downside of 6.90%. Given ICF International’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities analysts plainly believe ICF International is more favorable than Cintas Corporation.


Cintas Corporation beats ICF International on 10 of the 17 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.

Cintas Corporation Company Profile

Cintas Corporation is a provider of corporate identity uniforms through rental and sales programs, as well as a provider of related business services, including entrance mats, restroom cleaning services and supplies, carpet and tile cleaning services, first aid and safety services and fire protection products and services. Its segments include uniform rental and facility services, and first aid and safety services. Its uniform rental and facility service segment offers services, which include rental and servicing of uniforms and other garments, including flame resistant clothing, mats, mops and shop towels, and other ancillary items. Its first aid and safety service segment offers services, which include first aid and safety products and services. Rental processing plants, rental branches, first aid and safety facilities, fire protection facilities, direct sales offices, distribution centers and manufacturing facilities are all utilized by the businesses included in All Other.

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