Pra Group (NASDAQ: PRAA) and Information Services Group (NASDAQ:III) are both small-cap industrials companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, valuation, institutional ownership, risk, profitability, dividends and analyst recommendations.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations for Pra Group and Information Services Group, as reported by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Pra Group 1 4 1 0 2.00
Information Services Group 0 0 2 0 3.00

Pra Group currently has a consensus target price of $40.00, indicating a potential upside of 2.83%. Information Services Group has a consensus target price of $6.50, indicating a potential upside of 54.39%. Given Information Services Group’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Information Services Group is more favorable than Pra Group.


This table compares Pra Group and Information Services Group’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Pra Group 19.94% 6.00% 1.83%
Information Services Group 2.09% 9.28% 2.54%

Institutional & Insider Ownership

42.1% of Information Services Group shares are held by institutional investors. 2.1% of Pra Group shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 12.0% of Information Services Group shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Pra Group and Information Services Group’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Pra Group $813.57 million 2.16 $85.09 million $1.92 20.26
Information Services Group $216.50 million 0.84 -$6.50 million ($0.21) -20.05

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

Volatility and Risk

Pra Group has a beta of 1.5, indicating that its share price is 50% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Information Services Group has a beta of 0.42, indicating that its share price is 58% less volatile than the S&P 500.

About Pra Group

PRA Group, Inc. (PRA Group) is a financial and business services company with operations in the Americas and Europe. The Company’s primary business is the purchase, collection and management of portfolios of nonperforming loans. The Company operates through the account receivables management segment. It also provides fee-based services, such as vehicle location, skip tracing and collateral recovery for auto lenders, government entities and law enforcement; revenue administration, audit and revenue discovery/recovery services for local government entities; class action claims recovery services and purchases; servicing of consumer bankruptcy accounts in the United States, and contingent collections of nonperforming loans in Europe and South America. The Company’s portfolio of nonperforming loans includes a set of accounts that can be categorized by asset type, age and size of account, level of previous collection efforts, payment history, and geography.

About Information Services Group

Information Services Group, Inc. is a technology insights, market intelligence and advisory services company. The Company operates in the segment of fact-based sourcing advisory services. It supports private and public sector organizations to transform and optimize their operational environments through research, benchmarking, consulting and managed services with a focus on information technology, business process transformation, program management services and enterprise resource planning. It offers service lines, including research, consulting, managed services, network carrier services, robotic process automation (RPA), outsourcing advisory and provider services. It specializes in digital transformation services, including automation, cloud and data analytics; managed governance and risk services; network carrier services; technology strategy and operations design; change management, and technology research and analysis.

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