SPX Corp (NASDAQ: SPXC) and Manitowoc Food Service (NYSE:WBT) are both industrials 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.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

87.9% of Manitowoc Food Service shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.7% of Manitowoc Food Service 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 SPX Corp and Manitowoc Food Service’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
SPX Corp -2.37% -15.86% -1.74%
Manitowoc Food Service 5.57% -280.03% 5.02%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings for SPX Corp and Manitowoc Food Service, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
SPX Corp 0 0 0 0 N/A
Manitowoc Food Service 0 2 2 0 2.50

Manitowoc Food Service has a consensus target price of $21.25, suggesting a potential upside of 7.00%. Given Manitowoc Food Service’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Manitowoc Food Service is more favorable than SPX Corp.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares SPX Corp and Manitowoc Food Service’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
SPX Corp $1.43 billion 0.71 $88.70 million N/A N/A
Manitowoc Food Service $1.46 billion 1.89 $265.30 million $0.58 34.24

Manitowoc Food Service has higher revenue and earnings than SPX Corp.

Summary

Manitowoc Food Service beats SPX Corp on 9 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

About SPX Corp

SPX Corporation is a global supplier of infrastructure equipment. The Company operates through three segments: HVAC; Detection and Measurement, and Engineered Solutions. The HVAC solutions offered by its businesses include package cooling towers, residential and commercial boilers, heating and ventilation products. Its detection and measurement product lines encompass underground pipe and cable locators, and inspection equipment. Within its power platform, it is a manufacturer of medium and large power transformers, as well as equipment for various types of power plant, including cooling equipment, heat exchangers and pollution control systems. As of December 31, 2016, the Company had operations in approximately 15 countries.

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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