Critical Comparison: Image Sensing Systems (ISNS) & Geospace Technologies (GEOS)

Image Sensing Systems (NASDAQ: ISNS) and Geospace Technologies (NASDAQ:GEOS) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, earnings, risk, analyst recommendations, profitability, dividends and valuation.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for Image Sensing Systems and Geospace Technologies, 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
Geospace Technologies 0 0 0 0 N/A

Insider & Institutional Ownership

15.0% of Image Sensing Systems shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 75.1% of Geospace Technologies shares are held by institutional investors. 5.4% of Image Sensing Systems shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 3.9% of Geospace Technologies shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Risk & Volatility

Image Sensing Systems has a beta of 0.27, suggesting that its share price is 73% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Geospace Technologies has a beta of 1.41, suggesting that its share price is 41% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Image Sensing Systems and Geospace Technologies’ top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Image Sensing Systems $14.52 million 1.52 $2.07 million N/A N/A
Geospace Technologies $73.72 million 2.33 -$56.79 million N/A N/A

Image Sensing Systems has higher earnings, but lower revenue than Geospace Technologies.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Image Sensing Systems 12.90% 25.87% 19.97%
Geospace Technologies -66.59% -24.62% -23.36%

Summary

Image Sensing Systems beats Geospace Technologies on 5 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

Image Sensing Systems Company Profile

Image Sensing Systems, Inc. develops and markets video and radar processing products for the intelligent transportation systems industry worldwide. The company operates through two segments, Intersection and Highway. It offers various vehicle and traffic detection products, including Autoscope video systems and RTMS radar systems that convert sensory input collected by video cameras and radar units into vehicle detection and traffic data used to operate, monitor, and enhance the efficiency of roadway infrastructure. The company provides its video and radar processing products for use in traffic applications, such as intersection control, highway, bridge and tunnel traffic management, and traffic data collection. It markets and sells its products to end users comprising federal, state, city, and county departments of transportation, port, highway, tunnel, and other transportation authorities, as well as system integrators or other suppliers of systems and services who are operating under subcontracts in connection with road construction contracts. Image Sensing Systems, Inc. was founded in 1984 and is headquartered in Saint Paul, Minnesota.

Geospace Technologies Company Profile

Geospace Technologies Corporation designs and manufactures instruments and equipment used in the oil and gas industry to acquire seismic data in order to locate, characterize, and monitor hydrocarbon producing reservoirs. The company operates through two segments, Seismic and Non-Seismic. The Seismic segment offers land and marine nodal data acquisition systems, permanent land and seabed reservoir monitoring products and services, geophones and geophone strings, hydrophones, leader wires, connectors, telemetry cables, marine streamer retrieval and steering devices, multi-component sensors, seismic borehole acquisition systems, and various other products. The Non-Seismic segment offers electronic pre-press products that employ direct thermal imaging and digital inkjet printing technologies targeted at the commercial graphics, industrial graphics, textile, and flexographic printing industries. This segment also provides other non-seismic products that consist of sensors and tools for vibration monitoring, mine safety application, and earthquake detection; cables for power and communication for the offshore oil and gas, and offshore construction industries; water meter cables and connectors; and other specialty industrial cable and connector products. The company serves seismic contractors, and independent and government-owned oil and gas companies; direct users of equipment; specialized resellers; and specialty manufacturers, research institutions, and industrial product distributors. It operates in the United States, Canada, Asia, Europe, and internationally. Geospace Technologies Corporation was founded in 1980 and is headquartered in Houston, Texas.

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