Contrasting Iteris (ITI) & I.D. Systems (IDSY)

Iteris (NASDAQ: ITI) and I.D. Systems (NASDAQ:IDSY) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, valuation, risk, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, earnings and profitability.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

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33.2% of Iteris shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 42.9% of I.D. Systems shares are held by institutional investors. 4.3% of Iteris shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 12.2% of I.D. Systems shares are held by 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 & Risk

Iteris has a beta of -0.13, meaning that its share price is 113% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, I.D. Systems has a beta of 0.29, meaning that its share price is 71% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Iteris and I.D. Systems’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Iteris -4.32% -10.05% -6.41%
I.D. Systems -9.45% -18.97% -8.13%

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and price targets for Iteris and I.D. Systems, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Iteris 0 0 4 0 3.00
I.D. Systems 0 0 4 0 3.00

Iteris presently has a consensus price target of $9.13, indicating a potential upside of 102.78%. I.D. Systems has a consensus price target of $9.50, indicating a potential upside of 45.71%. Given Iteris’ higher probable upside, research analysts clearly believe Iteris is more favorable than I.D. Systems.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Iteris and I.D. Systems’ revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Iteris $95.98 million 1.55 -$4.82 million ($0.08) -56.25
I.D. Systems $40.95 million 2.81 -$6.37 million N/A N/A

Iteris has higher revenue and earnings than I.D. Systems.

Summary

Iteris beats I.D. Systems on 6 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Iteris

Iteris, Inc. is a provider of information solutions for both the traffic management and global agribusiness markets. The Company operates through three segments: Roadway Sensors, Transportation Systems and Performance Analytics. The Roadway Sensors segment provides various vehicle detection and information systems and products for traffic intersection control, incident detection and roadway traffic data collection applications. The Transportation Systems segment includes transportation engineering and consulting services, and the development of transportation management and traveler information systems for the Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) industry. The Performance Analytics segment includes iPeMS, its specialized transportation performance measurement and traffic analytics solutions, as well as ClearPath Weather, its road-maintenance applications, and ClearAg, its precision agriculture solutions.

About I.D. Systems

I.D. Systems, Inc. develops, markets, and sells wireless machine-to-machine solutions in the United States and internationally. The company offers integrated wireless solutions that utilize radio frequency identification, Wi-Fi, satellite or cellular communications, sensor technologies, and software to control, track, monitor, and analyze industrial vehicles, rental vehicles, and transportation assets. It provides industrial and rental fleet asset management products, including on-asset hardware with mounting and user-interface options that provide an autonomous means of asset control and monitoring; wireless asset managers that link the mobile assets being monitored with the customer's computer network or to a remotely hosted server; server software, which manages data communications between the system's database and wireless asset managers or on-asset hardware; and client software. The company also offers transportation asset management products comprising on-asset hardware configurations to address various remote asset types; VeriWise Intelligence Portal, a hosted Website that provides Internet access to client asset information; and a direct data feed through XML or Web services. In addition, it provides hosting, maintenance, and customer support and consulting services, as well as software as a service. The company markets and sells its solutions directly to commercial and government sectors in automotive manufacturing, retail, shipping, freight transportation, heavy industry, wholesale distribution, aerospace and defense, homeland security, and vehicle rental markets, as well as through original equipment manufacturers and industrial equipment dealers. I.D. Systems, Inc. was founded in 1993 and is headquartered in Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey.

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