Manitex International (NASDAQ: MNTX) and Standex International Corporation (NYSE:SXI) are both small-cap industrial products companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, institutional ownership, earnings, risk, analyst recommendations, dividends and valuation.

Dividends

Standex International Corporation pays an annual dividend of $0.64 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.6%. Manitex International does not pay a dividend. Standex International Corporation pays out 17.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Standex International Corporation has increased its dividend for 7 consecutive years.

Profitability

This table compares Manitex International and Standex International Corporation’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Manitex International -15.69% 2.50% 0.78%
Standex International Corporation 6.08% 14.76% 7.35%

Insider & Institutional Ownership

60.7% of Manitex International shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 86.9% of Standex International Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. 6.8% of Manitex International shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 2.1% of Standex International Corporation 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 Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and target prices for Manitex International and Standex International Corporation, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Manitex International 0 0 2 0 3.00
Standex International Corporation 0 1 2 0 2.67

Manitex International presently has a consensus price target of $10.00, suggesting a potential upside of 9.77%. Standex International Corporation has a consensus price target of $115.00, suggesting a potential upside of 14.60%. Given Standex International Corporation’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Standex International Corporation is more favorable than Manitex International.

Risk and Volatility

Manitex International has a beta of 2.07, suggesting that its share price is 107% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Standex International Corporation has a beta of 1.54, suggesting that its share price is 54% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Manitex International and Standex International Corporation’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Manitex International $274.79 million 0.55 $6.67 million ($2.50) -3.64
Standex International Corporation $755.26 million 1.70 $98.18 million $3.60 27.88

Standex International Corporation has higher revenue and earnings than Manitex International. Manitex International is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Standex International Corporation, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Summary

Standex International Corporation beats Manitex International on 11 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

Manitex International Company Profile

Manitex International, Inc. is a provider of engineered specialty lifting and loading products. The Company operates in three business segments: the Lifting Equipment segment, the A.S.V., LLC (ASV) segment and the Equipment Distribution segment. Through its Lifting Equipment segment, the Company designs, manufactures and distributes a diverse group of products that serve various functions and are used in a range of industries. In the ASV segment, the Company manufactures a line of compact rubber tracked and skid steer loaders. In the Equipment Distribution segment, the Company markets products used primarily for infrastructure development and commercial construction applications that include road and bridge construction, general contracting, roofing, scrap handling, and sign construction and maintenance. The Company, through its subsidiary Manitex, Inc., markets a line of boom trucks, truck cranes and sign cranes.

Standex International Corporation Company Profile

Standex International Corporation is a diversified manufacturing company. The Company is a manufacturer of a range of products and services for diverse commercial and industrial market segments. The Company has 11 operating segments, aggregated and organized into five segments: Food Service Equipment, Engraving, Engineering Technologies, Electronics and Hydraulics. The Food Service Equipment business consists of Refrigeration Solutions group, Cooking Solutions group and Specialty Solutions group. The Engraving segment’s product lines include Mold-Tech and Innovent. The Engineering Technologies segment provides engineered parts in all workable metal alloys using various forming processes. The Electronics segment is a manufacturer of custom magnetic sensing and power conversion components and assemblies. The Hydraulics segment is a manufacturer of mobile hydraulic cylinders, including single or double acting telescopic, and piston rod hydraulic cylinders.

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