Lydall (NYSE: LDL) and Manitex International (NASDAQ:MNTX) are both small-cap multi-sector conglomerates companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, profitabiliy, valuation, risk, institutional ownership, earnings and analyst recommendations.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Lydall 6.56% 17.43% 9.51%
Manitex International -15.69% 2.31% 0.72%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings for Lydall and Manitex International, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Lydall 0 1 1 0 2.50
Manitex International 0 0 2 0 3.00

Lydall currently has a consensus target price of $63.00, indicating a potential upside of 27.27%. Manitex International has a consensus target price of $10.00, indicating a potential upside of 23.61%. Given Lydall’s higher probable upside, equities analysts plainly believe Lydall is more favorable than Manitex International.

Valuation & Earnings

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

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Lydall $640.28 million 1.33 $92.46 million $2.45 20.20
Manitex International $271.42 million 0.49 $5.69 million ($2.50) -3.24

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

Insider and Institutional Ownership

87.7% of Lydall shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 66.1% of Manitex International shares are owned by institutional investors. 5.0% of Lydall shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 6.8% of Manitex International shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Volatility and Risk

Lydall has a beta of 1.68, meaning that its stock price is 68% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Manitex International has a beta of 2.08, meaning that its stock price is 108% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Lydall beats Manitex International on 9 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

Lydall Company Profile

Lydall, Inc. designs and manufactures specialty engineered filtration media, industrial thermal insulating solutions, automotive thermal and acoustical barriers for filtration/separation and thermal/acoustical applications. The Company’s segments are Performance Materials, Technical Nonwovens, Thermal/Acoustical Metals and Thermal/Acoustical Fibers. The Performance Materials segment includes filtration, thermal insulation and life sciences filtration businesses. The Technical Nonwovens segment includes its industrial filtration and advanced materials products. The Thermal/Acoustical Metals segment includes its metal parts and related tooling used in automotive applications. The Thermal/Acoustical Fibers segment includes its fiber parts business and related tooling used in automotive applications. Its Filtration products include LydAir MG (Micro-Glass) Air Filtration Media, LydAir MB (Melt Blown) Air Filtration Media and Arioso Membrane Composite Media.

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.

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