ASV (NASDAQ: ASV) and Hyster-Yale Materials Handling (NYSE:HY) are both small-cap industrial products companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their risk, valuation, analyst recommendations, dividends, earnings, institutional ownership and profitability.

Profitability

This table compares ASV and Hyster-Yale Materials Handling’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
ASV 0.33% -0.78% -0.40%
Hyster-Yale Materials Handling 2.27% 11.34% 4.04%

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares ASV and Hyster-Yale Materials Handling’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
ASV $103.80 million 0.79 -$1.17 million N/A N/A
Hyster-Yale Materials Handling $2.57 billion 0.50 $42.80 million $3.83 20.34

Hyster-Yale Materials Handling has higher revenue and earnings than ASV.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

41.2% of ASV shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 50.7% of Hyster-Yale Materials Handling shares are held by institutional investors. 26.3% of Hyster-Yale Materials Handling shares are held 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.

Dividends

Hyster-Yale Materials Handling pays an annual dividend of $1.21 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.6%. ASV does not pay a dividend. Hyster-Yale Materials Handling pays out 31.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Hyster-Yale Materials Handling has increased its dividend for 5 consecutive years.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations for ASV and Hyster-Yale Materials Handling, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
ASV 0 0 3 0 3.00
Hyster-Yale Materials Handling 0 2 1 0 2.33

ASV presently has a consensus target price of $10.92, indicating a potential upside of 30.27%. Hyster-Yale Materials Handling has a consensus target price of $74.00, indicating a potential downside of 5.01%. Given ASV’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities analysts plainly believe ASV is more favorable than Hyster-Yale Materials Handling.

Summary

Hyster-Yale Materials Handling beats ASV on 9 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

ASV Company Profile

ASV Holdings, Inc. (ASV) is engaged in designing and manufacturing a range of compact track loader (CTL) and skid steer loader (SSL) equipment for construction, agricultural and forestry industries. The Company manufactures Posi-Track, rubber-tracked CTLs with multi-level suspension. CTLs are compact tracked vehicles with lift arms that functions in wet, muddy, snowy or harsh conditions and where there are slopes and grades, such as in a construction, agriculture or forestry environment. SSLs are wheeled vehicles with lift arms that can be outfitted with the same attachments as CTLs and can therefore be used in the same applications. The Company also serves as a private label original equipment manufacturer (OEM) for several manufacturers. It provides pre- and post-sale dealer support, after-sale technical support and replacement parts. The Company markets through a distribution network in North America, Australia and New Zealand under the ASV and Terex brands.

Hyster-Yale Materials Handling Company Profile

Hyster-Yale Materials Handling, Inc. is a lift truck manufacturer. The Company designs, engineers, manufactures, sells and services a line of lift trucks, attachments and aftermarket parts marketed globally under the Hyster and Yale brand names, mainly to independent Hyster and Yale retail dealerships. The Company operates through five segments: the Americas, EMEA, JAPIC, Bolzoni and Nuvera. The Company offers a range of solutions, including attachments and hydrogen fuel cell power products, telematics, automation and fleet management services, as well as an array of other power options for its lift trucks. The Company’s segments for the lift truck business include three management units: the Americas, EMEA and JAPIC. Americas includes operations in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Latin America and its corporate headquarters. EMEA includes operations in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. JAPIC includes operations in the Asia and Pacific regions including China.

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