Image Sensing Systems (NASDAQ: ISNS) and Mettler-Toledo International (NYSE:MTD) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their risk, valuation, dividends, analyst recommendations, earnings, profitability and institutional ownership.
Valuation and Earnings
This table compares Image Sensing Systems and Mettler-Toledo International’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|
|Mettler-Toledo International||$2.61 billion||6.16||$631.03 million||$16.26||38.50|
Mettler-Toledo International has higher revenue and earnings than Image Sensing Systems. Mettler-Toledo 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.
Institutional and Insider Ownership
14.5% of Image Sensing Systems shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 93.1% of Mettler-Toledo International shares are owned by institutional investors. 5.0% of Image Sensing Systems shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 5.2% of Mettler-Toledo International shares are owned by company 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.
Volatility and Risk
Image Sensing Systems has a beta of 0.48, meaning that its share price is 52% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Mettler-Toledo International has a beta of 1.11, meaning that its share price is 11% more volatile than the S&P 500.
This is a summary of current recommendations for Image Sensing Systems and Mettler-Toledo International, as reported by MarketBeat.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
|Image Sensing Systems||0||0||0||0||N/A|
Mettler-Toledo International has a consensus target price of $541.25, suggesting a potential downside of 13.54%. Given Mettler-Toledo International’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Mettler-Toledo International is more favorable than Image Sensing Systems.
This table compares Image Sensing Systems and Mettler-Toledo International’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%|
Mettler-Toledo International beats Image Sensing Systems on 12 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.
Mettler-Toledo International Company Profile
Mettler-Toledo International Inc. is a supplier of precision instruments and services. The Company operates through five segments: U.S. Operations, Swiss Operations, Western European Operations, Chinese Operations and Other. The Company manufactures weighing instruments for use in laboratory, industrial, packaging, logistics and food retailing applications. The Company is also a provider of analytical instruments for use in life science, reaction engineering and real-time analytic systems used in drug and chemical compound development, and process analytics instruments used for in-line measurement in production processes. In addition, the Company is also a supplier of end-of-line inspection systems used in production and packaging for food, pharmaceutical and other industries. The Company serves food and beverage producers; food retailers; chemical, specialty chemicals and cosmetics companies, and the transportation and logistics industry, among others.
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