Head to Head Survey: Image Sensing Systems (ISNS) and Aehr Test Systems (AEHR)

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

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Image Sensing Systems and Aehr Test Systems’ 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 $14.14 million 1.08 $680,000.00 $0.14 21.07
Aehr Test Systems $18.90 million 2.91 -$5.65 million ($0.20) -12.60

Image Sensing Systems has higher earnings, but lower revenue than Aehr Test Systems. Aehr Test Systems 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.

Volatility and Risk

Image Sensing Systems has a beta of 0.56, suggesting that its stock price is 44% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Aehr Test Systems has a beta of 0.75, suggesting that its stock price is 25% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Image Sensing Systems and Aehr Test 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%
Aehr Test Systems -13.92% -23.69% -12.00%

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and target prices for Image Sensing Systems and Aehr Test Systems, 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
Aehr Test Systems 0 0 0 0 N/A

Institutional and Insider Ownership

13.8% of Image Sensing Systems shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 26.8% of Aehr Test Systems shares are owned by institutional investors. 5.0% of Image Sensing Systems shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 21.9% of Aehr Test Systems shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

Image Sensing Systems beats Aehr Test Systems on 6 of the 11 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.

Aehr Test Systems Company Profile

Aehr Test Systems is engaged in the designing, manufacturing and marketing of advanced test and burn-in products to the semiconductor manufacturing industry. The Company manufactures and markets full wafer contact test systems, test during burn-in systems, test fixtures, die carriers and related accessories. The Company’s principal products are the Advanced Burn-In and Test System (ABTS), the FOX full wafer contact parallel test and burn-in systems, WaferPak full wafer contactor, the DiePak carrier and test fixtures. The Company develops, manufactures and sells systems, which are designed to reduce the cost of testing and to perform reliability screening, or burn-in, of complex logic devices, memory integrated circuits (ICs), sensors and optical devices. These systems can be used to perform parallel testing and burn-in of packaged ICs, singulated bare die or ICs still in wafer form.

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