Critical Analysis: Apollo Medical (NASDAQ:AMEH) and ICF International (NASDAQ:ICFI)

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Apollo Medical (NASDAQ:AMEH) and ICF International (NASDAQ:ICFI) are both small-cap medical companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, earnings, dividends, risk, institutional ownership, profitability and valuation.

Volatility and Risk

Apollo Medical has a beta of -0.85, indicating that its stock price is 185% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, ICF International has a beta of 0.56, indicating that its stock price is 44% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Apollo Medical 0.88% 3.16% 1.00%
ICF International 4.68% 11.87% 5.88%

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Apollo Medical 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
Apollo Medical $519.91 million 1.15 $10.84 million $0.29 59.14
ICF International $1.34 billion 1.23 $61.40 million $3.73 23.41

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

Institutional and Insider Ownership

16.1% of Apollo Medical shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 95.2% of ICF International shares are owned by institutional investors. 11.8% of Apollo Medical shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 4.4% of ICF International shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and price targets for Apollo Medical and ICF International, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Apollo Medical 0 0 0 0 N/A
ICF International 0 1 5 0 2.83

ICF International has a consensus target price of $100.00, indicating a potential upside of 14.53%. Given ICF International’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe ICF International is more favorable than Apollo Medical.

Summary

ICF International beats Apollo Medical on 11 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

Apollo Medical Company Profile

Apollo Medical Holdings, Inc., a physician-centric integrated population health management company, provides medical care services. The company offers care coordination services to principal constituents of the healthcare delivery system, including patients, families, primary care physicians, specialists, acute care hospitals, alternative sites of inpatient care, physician groups, and health plans. Its physician network consists of primary care physicians, specialist physicians, and hospitalists. The company serves the patients, primarily covered by private or public insurance, such as Medicare, Medicaid, and health maintenance organizations; and non-insured patients in California. Apollo Medical Holdings, Inc. was founded in 1994 and is headquartered in Alhambra, California.

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, 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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