Manitowoc Company, Inc. (The) (NYSE: MTW) and Allison Transmission Holdings (NASDAQ:ALSN) are both industrial products companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their profitabiliy, earnings, dividends, risk, valuation, institutional ownership and analyst recommendations.

Profitability

This table compares Manitowoc Company, Inc. (The) and Allison Transmission Holdings’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Manitowoc Company, Inc. (The) -14.37% -14.18% -5.63%
Allison Transmission Holdings 16.63% 36.64% 7.93%

Institutional and Insider Ownership

79.3% of Manitowoc Company, Inc. (The) shares are owned by institutional investors. 2.7% of Manitowoc Company, Inc. (The) shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and price targets for Manitowoc Company, Inc. (The) and Allison Transmission Holdings, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Manitowoc Company, Inc. (The) 1 6 3 0 2.20
Allison Transmission Holdings 1 5 5 1 2.50

Manitowoc Company, Inc. (The) presently has a consensus price target of $6.03, indicating a potential downside of 18.65%. Allison Transmission Holdings has a consensus price target of $41.43, indicating a potential upside of 9.89%. Given Allison Transmission Holdings’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Allison Transmission Holdings is more favorable than Manitowoc Company, Inc. (The).

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Manitowoc Company, Inc. (The) and Allison Transmission Holdings’ top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Manitowoc Company, Inc. (The) $1.49 billion 0.70 -$3.50 million ($1.55) -4.78
Allison Transmission Holdings $1.98 billion 2.83 $707.40 million N/A N/A

Allison Transmission Holdings has higher revenue and earnings than Manitowoc Company, Inc. (The).

Summary

Allison Transmission Holdings beats Manitowoc Company, Inc. (The) on 10 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

Manitowoc Company, Inc. (The) Company Profile

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.

Allison Transmission Holdings Company Profile

Allison Transmission Holdings, Inc. and its subsidiaries design and manufacture commercial and defense fully-automatic transmissions. The Company manufactures fully-automatic transmissions for medium- and heavy-duty commercial vehicles, and medium-and heavy-tactical United States defense vehicles. The Company’s transmissions are used in a range of applications, including on-highway trucks (distribution, refuse, construction, fire and emergency), buses (primarily school, transit and hybrid-transit), motorhomes, off-highway vehicles and equipment (energy, mining and construction) and defense vehicles (wheeled and tracked). The Company’s transmissions are sold under the Allison Transmission brand name and remanufactured transmissions are sold under the ReTran brand name. The Company has developed over 100 different models that were used in more than 2,500 different vehicle configurations and were compatible with over 500 combinations of engines, as of December 31, 2016.

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