Critical Contrast: Image Sensing Systems (NASDAQ:ISNS) vs. The Competition

Image Sensing Systems (NASDAQ: ISNS) is one of 29 publicly-traded companies in the “Testing & Measuring Equipment” industry, but how does it contrast to its competitors? We will compare Image Sensing Systems to related companies based on the strength of its risk, institutional ownership, valuation, dividends, analyst recommendations, earnings and profitability.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

14.5% of Image Sensing Systems shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 58.1% of shares of all “Testing & Measuring Equipment” companies are owned by institutional investors. 5.0% of Image Sensing Systems shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 10.4% of shares of all “Testing & Measuring Equipment” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Risk and Volatility

Image Sensing Systems has a beta of 0.56, meaning that its stock price is 44% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Image Sensing Systems’ competitors have a beta of 0.77, meaning that their average stock price is 23% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for Image Sensing Systems and its competitors, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Image Sensing Systems 0 0 0 0 N/A
Image Sensing Systems Competitors 55 414 510 10 2.48

As a group, “Testing & Measuring Equipment” companies have a potential downside of 28.86%. Given Image Sensing Systems’ competitors higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Image Sensing Systems has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.

Profitability

This table compares Image Sensing Systems and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Image Sensing Systems 2.39% 7.05% 5.36%
Image Sensing Systems Competitors -5.06% 2.75% -0.75%

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Image Sensing Systems and its competitors top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue NetIncome Price/Earnings Ratio
Image Sensing Systems $14.14 million $680,000.00 59.01
Image Sensing Systems Competitors $554.48 million $61.00 million 131.50

Image Sensing Systems’ competitors have higher revenue and earnings than Image Sensing Systems. Image Sensing Systems is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Summary

Image Sensing Systems competitors beat Image Sensing Systems on 7 of the 10 factors compared.

Image Sensing Systems Company Profile

Image Sensing Systems, Inc. is a provider of software-based products and solutions for the intelligent transportation systems (ITS) industry. The Company develops and markets video and radar processing products for use in traffic, security, police and parking applications, such as intersection control, highway, bridge and tunnel traffic management, venue security, entry control and traffic data collection. The Company operates through two segments: Intersection and Highway. Video products are sold in the Intersection segment. Radar products are sold in the Highway segment. The Company’s family of products, which it markets as Autoscope video or video products (Autoscope) and RTMS radar or radar products (RTMS), provides end users with the tools that manage traffic flow and support driver safety. Its technology analyzes signals from sensors and transmits the information to management systems and controllers or directly to users.

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