Barnes Group (NYSE: B) and Manitowoc Food Service (NYSE:WBT) are both mid-cap industrial products companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, valuation, analyst recommendations, profitability, risk, earnings and institutional ownership.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

87.6% of Barnes Group shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 87.8% of Manitowoc Food Service shares are held by institutional investors. 8.5% of Barnes Group shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 0.7% of Manitowoc Food Service shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations for Barnes Group and Manitowoc Food Service, as provided by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Barnes Group 0 3 3 0 2.50
Manitowoc Food Service 0 4 3 0 2.43

Barnes Group currently has a consensus price target of $65.60, indicating a potential downside of 0.71%. Manitowoc Food Service has a consensus price target of $22.33, indicating a potential upside of Infinity. Given Manitowoc Food Service’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Manitowoc Food Service is more favorable than Barnes Group.

Risk and Volatility

Barnes Group has a beta of 1.37, indicating that its stock price is 37% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Manitowoc Food Service has a beta of 2.22, indicating that its stock price is 122% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Barnes Group and Manitowoc Food Service’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Barnes Group $1,230.75 2.88 $135.60 $2.84 23.26
Manitowoc Food Service $1,456.60 0.00 $79.50 $0.58 N/A

Barnes Group has higher revenue, but lower earnings than Manitowoc Food Service. Manitowoc Food Service is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Barnes Group, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.


This table compares Barnes Group and Manitowoc Food Service’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Barnes Group 11.20% 12.44% 6.96%
Manitowoc Food Service 5.57% -280.03% 5.02%


Barnes Group pays an annual dividend of $0.56 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.8%. Manitowoc Food Service does not pay a dividend. Barnes Group pays out 19.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Barnes Group has increased its dividend for 4 consecutive years.


Barnes Group beats Manitowoc Food Service on 9 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Barnes Group

Barnes Group Inc. is an industrial and aerospace manufacturer and service provider, serving a range of end markets and customers. The Company’s engineered products, industrial technologies, and solutions are used in applications that provide transportation, manufacturing, healthcare products and technology to the world. Its segments include Industrial and Aerospace. The Industrial segment is engaged in the manufacturing of precision parts, products and systems for applications serving a customer base in end-markets, such as transportation, industrial equipment, consumer products, packaging, electronics, medical devices and energy. The Industrial segment includes the Molding Solutions, Nitrogen Gas Products and Engineered Components business units. The Aerospace segment includes the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) business and the aftermarket business, which includes maintenance repair and overhaul services and the manufacture and delivery of aerospace aftermarket spare parts.

About Manitowoc Food Service

Welbilt, Inc., formerly Manitowoc Foodservice, Inc., is a commercial foodservice equipment company. The Company designs, manufactures and supplies food and beverage equipment for the global commercial foodservice market, offering customers operator and patron insights, kitchen solutions, culinary expertise, and implementation support and service. It operates through three segments: Americas, EMEA and APAC. The Americas segment includes the United States, Canada and Latin America. The EMEA segment consists of markets in Europe, Middle East and Africa, including Russia and the commonwealth of independent states. The APAC segment consists of markets in China, Singapore, Australia, India, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand and the Philippines. It supplies foodservice equipment to commercial and institutional foodservice operators. Its brands include Cleveland, Convotherm, Delfield, fitKitchen, Frymaster, Garland, Kolpak, Lincoln, Manitowoc Ice, Merco, Merrychef and Multiplex.

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