BTU International (NASDAQ: BTUI) and Image Sensing Systems (NASDAQ:ISNS) are both small-cap industrials companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, dividends, risk, institutional ownership, valuation, earnings and analyst recommendations.

Volatility and Risk

BTU International has a beta of 1.34, meaning that its stock price is 34% 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.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current recommendations for BTU International and Image Sensing Systems, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
BTU International 0 0 0 0 N/A
Image Sensing Systems 0 0 0 0 N/A

Institutional & Insider Ownership

13.8% of Image Sensing Systems shares are held by institutional investors. 5.0% of Image Sensing Systems shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
BTU International N/A N/A N/A
Image Sensing Systems 5.43% 13.40% 10.04%

Valuation and Earnings

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

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
BTU International N/A N/A N/A ($0.44) -5.95
Image Sensing Systems $14.14 million 1.19 $680,000.00 $0.13 25.00

Image Sensing Systems has higher revenue and earnings than BTU International. BTU International 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.

Summary

Image Sensing Systems beats BTU International on 7 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

BTU International Company Profile

BTU International, Inc. (BTU) is engaged in designing, manufacturing, selling and servicing of thermal processing equipment and related process controls for use in the electronics, alternative energy, automotive and other industries. The Company operates as a single business segment called Thermal Processing Capital Equipment. It is engaged in the supply of solder reflow systems used for surface mount applications in printed circuit board assembly. The Company’s thermal processing equipment is used in low temperature curing/encapsulation, hybrid integrated circuit manufacturing, integrated circuit packaging and sealing, and processing multi-chip modules. In addition, the equipment is used for solar cell processing, sintering nuclear fuel for commercial power generation, as well as brazing and the sintering of ceramics and powdered metals. Its alternative energy business addresses two markets, the manufacturing of solar cells and nuclear fuels.

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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