Analyzing RPX Corporation (RPXC) and CRA International,Inc. (NASDAQ:CRAI)

RPX Corporation (NASDAQ: RPXC) and CRA International,Inc. (NASDAQ:CRAI) are both small-cap business services companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, dividends, profitability, analyst recommendations, valuation, earnings and institutional ownership.


This table compares RPX Corporation and CRA International,Inc.’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
RPX Corporation 6.01% 5.51% 3.65%
CRA International,Inc. 3.47% 5.89% 3.89%

Volatility and Risk

RPX Corporation has a beta of 1.39, indicating that its stock price is 39% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, CRA International,Inc. has a beta of 0.78, indicating that its stock price is 22% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares RPX Corporation and CRA International,Inc.’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
RPX Corporation $333.21 million 1.82 $208.73 million $0.39 31.69
CRA International,Inc. $342.99 million 0.90 $29.38 million $1.39 26.24

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


CRA International,Inc. pays an annual dividend of $0.56 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.5%. RPX Corporation does not pay a dividend. CRA International,Inc. pays out 40.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

90.4% of RPX Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 85.6% of CRA International,Inc. shares are owned by institutional investors. 3.5% of RPX Corporation shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 4.7% of CRA International,Inc. shares are owned by 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 recommendations for RPX Corporation and CRA International,Inc., as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
RPX Corporation 1 1 1 0 2.00
CRA International,Inc. 0 0 0 0 N/A

RPX Corporation presently has a consensus price target of $13.33, indicating a potential upside of 7.87%. Given RPX Corporation’s higher possible upside, research analysts clearly believe RPX Corporation is more favorable than CRA International,Inc..


RPX Corporation beats CRA International,Inc. on 9 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

RPX Corporation Company Profile

RPX Corporation is engaged in providing an alternative to litigation through its patent risk management services. The Company helps companies reduce patent litigation risk and corporate legal expense through two primary service offerings: patent risk management services and discovery services. It operates through two segments: patent risk management and discovery services. Its patent risk management segment generates its revenues from membership subscriptions, premiums earned from insurance policies, and management fees for marketing, underwriting, and claim management. Its discovery services segment generates its revenues from fees generated for data collection, hosting and processing, project management, and document review services. The Company serves clients in a range of industries, including consumer electronics, personal computers, e-commerce, financial services, software, media content and distribution, mobile communications and handsets, networking and semiconductors.

CRA International,Inc. Company Profile

CRA International, Inc. is a global consulting firm. The Company provides economic, financial and management consulting services. The Company consulting services in two areas: litigation, regulatory, and financial consulting and management consulting. The Company provides services, such as economic capability, analyses and testimony in areas, such as Antitrust & Competition; Damages & Valuation; Financial Accounting & Valuation; Financial Economics; Forensic & Cyber Investigations; Insurance Economics; Intellectual Property; International Arbitration; Labor & Employment; Mergers & Acquisitions; Regulatory Economics & Compliance; Securities & Financial Markets, and Transfer Pricing. It offers management consulting in the areas, including Auctions & Competitive Bidding; Corporate & Business Strategy; Enterprise Risk Management; Environmental & Energy Strategy; Intellectual Property & Technology Management; Organization & Performance Improvement, and Transaction Advisory Services.

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