Manitowoc Company, Inc. (The) (NYSE: MTW) and Douglas Dynamics (NYSE:PLOW) are both small-cap industrial products companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, dividends, earnings, profitability and risk.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Manitowoc Company, Inc. (The) and Douglas Dynamics’ top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Manitowoc Company, Inc. (The) $1.43 billion 0.81 -$3.00 million ($1.51) -5.45
Douglas Dynamics $465.33 million 1.69 $86.94 million $1.26 27.70

Douglas Dynamics has higher revenue, but lower earnings than Manitowoc Company, Inc. (The). Manitowoc Company, Inc. (The) is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Douglas Dynamics, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Dividends

Douglas Dynamics pays an annual dividend of $0.96 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.8%. Manitowoc Company, Inc. (The) does not pay a dividend. Douglas Dynamics pays out 76.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. Manitowoc Company, Inc. (The) has raised its dividend for 4 consecutive years.

Profitability

This table compares Manitowoc Company, Inc. (The) and Douglas Dynamics’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Manitowoc Company, Inc. (The) -14.63% -14.85% -5.70%
Douglas Dynamics 6.16% 14.96% 4.82%

Insider & Institutional Ownership

81.0% of Manitowoc Company, Inc. (The) shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 89.4% of Douglas Dynamics shares are held by institutional investors. 2.7% of Manitowoc Company, Inc. (The) shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 3.2% of Douglas Dynamics shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Volatility and Risk

Manitowoc Company, Inc. (The) has a beta of 1.46, indicating that its share price is 46% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Douglas Dynamics has a beta of 1.14, indicating that its share price is 14% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and target prices for Manitowoc Company, Inc. (The) and Douglas Dynamics, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Manitowoc Company, Inc. (The) 0 6 3 0 2.33
Douglas Dynamics 0 0 2 0 3.00

Manitowoc Company, Inc. (The) currently has a consensus price target of $7.23, indicating a potential downside of 12.14%. Douglas Dynamics has a consensus price target of $42.00, indicating a potential upside of 20.34%. Given Douglas Dynamics’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Douglas Dynamics is more favorable than Manitowoc Company, Inc. (The).

Summary

Douglas Dynamics beats Manitowoc Company, Inc. (The) on 11 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Manitowoc Company, Inc. (The)

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.

About Douglas Dynamics

Douglas Dynamics, Inc. is a manufacturer and up-fitter of commercial vehicle attachments and equipment. The Company’s portfolio includes snow and ice management attachments sold under the BLIZZARD, FISHER, HENDERSON, SNOWEX and WESTERN brands, turf care equipment under the TURFEX brand and industrial maintenance equipment under the SWEEPEX brand. The Company operates through two segments: Work Truck Attachments and Work Truck Solutions. The Work Truck Attachments segment includes snow and ice management attachments sold under the FISHER, WESTERN, HENDERSON and SNOWEX brands. The Work Truck Solutions segment includes the up-fit of attachments and storage solutions for commercial work vehicles under the DEJANA brand and its related sub-brands. In its Work Truck Attachments segment, the Company offers a product line of snowplows, and sand and salt spreaders for light and heavy duty trucks. Its Work Truck Solutions products consist of truck and vehicle up-fits.

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