Image Sensing Systems (NASDAQ: ISNS) and Vishay Precision Group (NYSE:VPG) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, dividends, analyst recommendations, valuation, profitability, risk and institutional ownership.

Profitability

This table compares Image Sensing Systems and Vishay Precision Group’s 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%
Vishay Precision Group 4.16% 7.25% 4.63%

Risk and Volatility

Image Sensing Systems has a beta of 0.48, suggesting that its share price is 52% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Vishay Precision Group has a beta of 0.91, suggesting that its share price is 9% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

14.5% of Image Sensing Systems shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 86.5% of Vishay Precision Group shares are held by institutional investors. 5.0% of Image Sensing Systems shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 6.4% of Vishay Precision Group shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Image Sensing Systems and Vishay Precision Group’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Image Sensing Systems $12.79 million 1.25 $550,999.00 $0.05 62.01
Vishay Precision Group $232.41 million 1.24 $31.01 million $0.72 30.21

Vishay Precision Group has higher revenue and earnings than Image Sensing Systems. Vishay Precision Group is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Image Sensing Systems, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for Image Sensing Systems and Vishay Precision Group, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Image Sensing Systems 0 0 0 0 N/A
Vishay Precision Group 0 0 1 0 3.00

Vishay Precision Group has a consensus target price of $23.00, suggesting a potential upside of 5.75%. Given Vishay Precision Group’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Vishay Precision Group is more favorable than Image Sensing Systems.

Summary

Vishay Precision Group beats Image Sensing Systems on 10 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

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.

Vishay Precision Group Company Profile

Vishay Precision Group, Inc. (VPG) is a designer, manufacturer and marketer of sensors and sensor-based measurement systems, as well as specialty resistors and strain gages. The Company operates through three business segments: Foil Technology Products, Force Sensors, and Weighing and Control Systems. Its Foil Technology Products segment includes foil resistor and strain gage operating segments. The Foil Technology Products segment’s brands include Alpha Electronics, Micro-Measurements, Powertron and Vishay Foil Resistors. The Force Sensors segment includes load cells and force measurement transducers that are offered as precision sensors for industrial and commercial use. The Weighing and Control Systems segment designs and manufactures systems that consists of load cells and instrumentation for weighing and force control/measurement for a range of uses, including on-board weighing and overload monitor systems. The segment’s brands include BLH Nobel, KELK and VPG Onboard Weighing.

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