Critical Survey: Manitowoc (MTW) vs. Applied Industrial Technologies (AIT)

Manitowoc (NYSE: MTW) and Applied Industrial Technologies (NYSE:AIT) are both industrial products companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, dividends, valuation, earnings, analyst recommendations, risk and institutional ownership.

Dividends

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Applied Industrial Technologies pays an annual dividend of $1.20 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.7%. Manitowoc does not pay a dividend. Applied Industrial Technologies pays out 32.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Applied Industrial Technologies has increased its dividend for 8 consecutive years.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Manitowoc and Applied Industrial Technologies’ revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Manitowoc $1.58 billion 0.64 $9.40 million $0.21 135.48
Applied Industrial Technologies $2.59 billion 1.06 $133.91 million $3.74 18.97

Applied Industrial Technologies has higher revenue and earnings than Manitowoc. Applied Industrial Technologies is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Manitowoc, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

79.2% of Manitowoc shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 89.8% of Applied Industrial Technologies shares are held by institutional investors. 2.8% of Manitowoc shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 3.7% of Applied Industrial Technologies shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares Manitowoc and Applied Industrial Technologies’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Manitowoc 0.59% -1.54% -0.61%
Applied Industrial Technologies 5.43% 16.53% 8.99%

Volatility and Risk

Manitowoc has a beta of 1.57, meaning that its stock price is 57% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Applied Industrial Technologies has a beta of 0.97, meaning that its stock price is 3% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for Manitowoc and Applied Industrial Technologies, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Manitowoc 1 5 5 0 2.36
Applied Industrial Technologies 0 3 0 0 2.00

Manitowoc presently has a consensus target price of $39.36, indicating a potential upside of 38.36%. Applied Industrial Technologies has a consensus target price of $63.00, indicating a potential downside of 11.21%. Given Manitowoc’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Manitowoc is more favorable than Applied Industrial Technologies.

Summary

Applied Industrial Technologies beats Manitowoc on 11 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.

Manitowoc Company Profile

The Manitowoc Company, Inc. is a provider of engineered lifting equipment for the construction industry. The Company operates through the Crane business segment. It designs, manufactures and distributes a line of crawler-mounted lattice-boom cranes, which it sells under the Manitowoc brand name. It also designs and manufactures a line of top-slewing and self-erecting tower cranes, which it sells under the Potain brand name. It designs and manufactures mobile telescopic cranes, which it sells under the Grove brand name and a line of hydraulically powered telescopic boom trucks, which it sells under the National Crane brand name. It also provides crane product parts and services and crane rebuilding, remanufacturing and training services, which are delivered under the Manitowoc Crane Care brand name. Its crane products are used in a range of applications, including energy production/distribution and utilities, petrochemical and industrial projects, and infrastructure applications.

Applied Industrial Technologies Company Profile

Applied Industrial Technologies, Inc. is an industrial distributor in North America, Australia and New Zealand, serving maintenance, repair and operations (MRO), and original equipment manufacturing customers in various industries. In addition, the Company provides engineering, design, and systems integration for industrial and fluid power applications, as well as customized mechanical, fabricated rubber, and fluid power shop services. It operates in two segments: service center-based distribution and fluid power businesses. The service center-based distribution segment provides customers with a range of industrial products primarily through a network of service centers. The fluid power businesses segment consists of specialized regional companies that distribute fluid power components, design and assemble fluid power systems, and perform equipment repair. The fluid power businesses primarily sell products and services directly to customers rather than through the service centers.

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