Manitowoc (NYSE:MTW) and Gencor Industries, Inc. (DE) (NASDAQ:GENC) are both small-cap industrial products companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, profitability, institutional ownership, risk, valuation, earnings and dividends.

Volatility and Risk

Manitowoc has a beta of 1.63, meaning that its share price is 63% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Gencor Industries, Inc. (DE) has a beta of 0.59, meaning that its share price is 41% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

82.8% of Manitowoc shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 44.7% of Gencor Industries, Inc. (DE) shares are owned by institutional investors. 2.8% of Manitowoc shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 31.8% of Gencor Industries, Inc. (DE) shares are owned by company 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 Gencor Industries, Inc. (DE)’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Manitowoc 2.56% 1.80% 0.75%
Gencor Industries, Inc. (DE) 10.16% 7.35% 6.72%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings for Manitowoc and Gencor Industries, Inc. (DE), as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Manitowoc 1 5 7 0 2.46
Gencor Industries, Inc. (DE) 0 0 0 0 N/A

Manitowoc currently has a consensus target price of $30.45, suggesting a potential upside of 88.69%. Given Manitowoc’s higher probable upside, equities analysts plainly believe Manitowoc is more favorable than Gencor Industries, Inc. (DE).

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Manitowoc and Gencor Industries, Inc. (DE)’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Manitowoc $1.58 billion 0.36 $9.40 million ($0.26) -62.08
Gencor Industries, Inc. (DE) $80.61 million 1.94 $8.41 million N/A N/A

Manitowoc has higher revenue and earnings than Gencor Industries, Inc. (DE).

Summary

Manitowoc beats Gencor Industries, Inc. (DE) on 7 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

Manitowoc Company Profile

The Manitowoc Company, Inc. provides engineered lifting equipment for the construction industry in the Americas, Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and the Asia Pacific. It designs, manufactures, and distributes crawler-mounted lattice-boom cranes under the Manitowoc brand; a line of top-slewing and self-erecting tower cranes under the Potain brand; mobile telescopic cranes under the Grove brand; and a line of hydraulically powered telescopic boom trucks under the National Crane brand. The company also provides crane product parts and services; and crane rebuilding, remanufacturing, and training services under the Manitowoc Crane Care brand. Its products are used in various applications, including energy production/distribution and utilities; petrochemical and industrial projects; infrastructure applications, such as road, bridge, and airport construction; and commercial and high-rise residential construction. The Manitowoc Company, Inc. was founded in 1853 and is based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Gencor Industries, Inc. (DE) Company Profile

Gencor Industries, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, designs, manufactures, and sells heavy machinery used in the production of highway construction materials and environmental control equipment. The company offers hot-mix asphalt plants to produce asphalt paving materials; related asphalt plant equipment, including hot mix storage silos, fabric filtration systems, cold feed bins, and other plant components; and a range of mobile batch plants. It also provides combustion systems that transform solid, liquid, or gaseous fuels into usable energy, or burn multiple fuels in asphalt and aggregate drying industries; soil remediation machines; and combustion systems for rotary dryers, kilns, fume and liquid incinerators, and fuel heaters, as well as industrial incinerators. In addition, the company offers thermal fluid heat transfer systems that transfer heat for storage, heating, and pumping viscous materials, such as asphalt, chemicals, heavy oils, etc. in various industrial and petrochemical applications; and specialty storage tanks for various industrial uses. It sells its products primarily to the highway construction industry through its sales representatives, and independent dealers and agents worldwide. The company was formerly known as Mechtron International Corporation and changed its name to Gencor Industries, Inc. in 1987. Gencor Industries, Inc. was founded in 1968 and is based in Orlando, Florida.

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