Cray (CRAY) & Image Sensing Systems (ISNS) Head-To-Head Review

Cray (NASDAQ: CRAY) and Image Sensing Systems (NASDAQ:ISNS) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, earnings, profitability, analyst recommendations, risk, institutional ownership and dividends.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

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97.3% of Cray shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 13.9% of Image Sensing Systems shares are owned by institutional investors. 4.0% of Cray shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 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 table compares Cray and Image Sensing Systems’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Cray -34.10% -8.51% -6.11%
Image Sensing Systems 14.31% 30.65% 23.15%

Volatility & Risk

Cray has a beta of 1.57, meaning that its share price is 57% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Image Sensing Systems has a beta of 0.53, meaning that its share price is 47% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Cray and Image Sensing Systems’ gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Cray $392.51 million 2.13 -$133.82 million ($1.01) -20.50
Image Sensing Systems $14.52 million 1.52 $2.07 million N/A N/A

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

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and price targets for Cray and Image Sensing Systems, as provided by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Cray 0 0 5 0 3.00
Image Sensing Systems 0 0 0 0 N/A

Cray currently has a consensus price target of $27.20, suggesting a potential upside of 31.40%. Given Cray’s higher probable upside, equities analysts plainly believe Cray is more favorable than Image Sensing Systems.

Cray Company Profile

Cray Inc. is engaged in designing, developing, manufacturing, marketing and servicing the high performance computing (HPC) market, primarily categories of systems known as supercomputers. The Company’s segments include Supercomputing, Storage and Data Management, Maintenance and Support, and Engineering Services and Other. The Supercomputing segment includes a suite of supercomputer systems, which are used by engineering centers in universities, government laboratories, and commercial institutions. The Storage and Data Management segment includes Cray Data Warp and Sonexion, as well as other third-party storage products and their ongoing maintenance and system analysts. The Maintenance and Support segment provides ongoing maintenance of Cray supercomputers, big data storage and analytics systems, as well as system analysts. The Engineering Services and Other segment includes the Company’s analytics business and Custom Engineering.

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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