Cascade Microtech (NASDAQ: CSCD) and Image Sensing Systems (NASDAQ:ISNS) are both small-cap industrials companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, profitability, earnings, dividends and risk.
Risk and Volatility
Cascade Microtech has a beta of 1.09, meaning that its stock price is 9% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Image Sensing Systems has a beta of 0.55, meaning that its stock price is 45% less volatile than the S&P 500.
This table compares Cascade Microtech and Image Sensing Systems’ revenue, earnings per share and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||Net Income||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|Image Sensing Systems||$14.14 million||1.22||$680,000.00||$0.13||25.62|
Image Sensing Systems has higher revenue and earnings than Cascade Microtech. Image Sensing Systems is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Cascade Microtech, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.
This table compares Cascade Microtech and Image Sensing Systems’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
|Image Sensing Systems||5.43%||13.40%||10.04%|
Institutional & Insider Ownership
13.8% of Image Sensing Systems shares are owned by institutional investors. 5.0% of Image Sensing Systems shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.
This is a summary of current ratings and price targets for Cascade Microtech and Image Sensing Systems, as reported by MarketBeat.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
|Image Sensing Systems||0||0||0||0||N/A|
Cascade Microtech currently has a consensus price target of $15.50, indicating a potential downside of 29.09%. Given Cascade Microtech’s higher probable upside, research analysts plainly believe Cascade Microtech is more favorable than Image Sensing Systems.
About Cascade Microtech
Cascade Microtech, Inc. is a designer, developer, manufacturer and marketer of wafer probing, thermal and reliability solutions for the electrical measurement and testing of semiconductor devices. The Company operates in two business segments: Systems and Probes. The Systems business segment is engaged in the sale of probe stations, thermal subsystems and reliability test systems. The Probes segment is engaged in the sale of analytical probes and production probe cards. The Company designs, manufactures and sells multiple product lines, including probe stations, thermal subsystems, reliability test systems, analytical probes, production probe cards, and various services and accessories. Probing systems are used in the development of semiconductor processes and designs. The 1164 Reliability Test System is a modular and scalable test platform that can be used in a range of reliability test applications.
About Image Sensing Systems
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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