Head-To-Head Review: ImageWare Systems (IWSY) vs. Its Rivals

ImageWare Systems (OTCMKTS: IWSY) is one of 182 publicly-traded companies in the “Prepackaged software” industry, but how does it compare to its peers? We will compare ImageWare Systems to related companies based on the strength of its earnings, dividends, analyst recommendations, valuation, profitability, institutional ownership and risk.

Volatility & Risk

ImageWare Systems has a beta of 0.91, suggesting that its stock price is 9% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, ImageWare Systems’ peers have a beta of -16.78, suggesting that their average stock price is 1,778% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

38.9% of ImageWare Systems shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 57.7% of shares of all “Prepackaged software” companies are owned by institutional investors. 47.7% of ImageWare Systems shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 21.7% of shares of all “Prepackaged software” companies are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent recommendations and price targets for ImageWare Systems and its peers, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
ImageWare Systems 0 0 1 0 3.00
ImageWare Systems Competitors 1105 5704 11773 483 2.61

ImageWare Systems currently has a consensus target price of $4.25, indicating a potential upside of 189.12%. As a group, “Prepackaged software” companies have a potential upside of 0.72%. Given ImageWare Systems’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe ImageWare Systems is more favorable than its peers.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares ImageWare Systems and its peers top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
ImageWare Systems $4.29 million -$10.06 million -9.80
ImageWare Systems Competitors $1.68 billion $248.97 million -16.01

ImageWare Systems’ peers have higher revenue and earnings than ImageWare Systems. ImageWare Systems is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.


This table compares ImageWare Systems and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
ImageWare Systems -234.50% N/A -117.02%
ImageWare Systems Competitors -6.25% -108.40% -2.05%


ImageWare Systems beats its peers on 7 of the 13 factors compared.

About ImageWare Systems

ImageWare Systems, Inc. provides biometrically enabled software-based identity management solutions for biometrics, secure credential, law enforcement, and public safety markets worldwide. Its flagship product is the patented IWS Biometric Engine, a multi-biometric software platform that enables the enrollment and management of unlimited population sizes. The company also offers GoMobile Interactive that enables business, service, and content providers to offer users biometric security for their products, services, and content; IWS PIV (personal identity verification) Management Application that supplies Web-based graphical user interface to server functions; IWS PIV Middleware, which connects card reader and PIV card; IWS Background Server, a software application for biometric identity management functions; IWS Desktop Security, an authentication management platform; and IWS Biometric Quality Assessment and Enhancement, a biometric image enhancement and assessment solution. Its secure credential products include GoVerifyID, a biometric authentication solution; IWS Card Management System to support and manage the issuance of smart cards; IWS EPI Suite, an ID software solution for producing, issuing, and managing credentials and personal identification cards; IWS EPI Builder, which offers various aspects of ID functionality; IWS EPI PrintFarm software for card printing; and IWS PIV Encoder to program the PIV smart cards. In addition, the company provides IWS Law Enforcement, a digital booking, identification, and investigative solution; and LiveScan, Capture, Facial Recognition, Law Enforcement Web, Witness View, and IWS Biometric Engine add-on modules, as well as maintenance and customer support, and software customization and fulfillment services. It serves healthcare, banking, retail/e-commerce, government, and law enforcement and public safety markets. ImageWare Systems, Inc. was founded in 1987 and is headquartered in San Diego, California.

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