Manitowoc Food Service (NYSE: WBT) is one of 58 public companies in the “Industrial Machinery & Equipment” industry, but how does it contrast to its peers? We will compare Manitowoc Food Service to similar businesses based on the strength of its institutional ownership, profitability, analyst recommendations, valuation, dividends, earnings and risk.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and price targets for Manitowoc Food Service and its peers, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Manitowoc Food Service 0 2 2 0 2.50
Manitowoc Food Service Competitors 292 1696 1836 30 2.42

Manitowoc Food Service presently has a consensus target price of $21.25, indicating a potential downside of 6.47%. As a group, “Industrial Machinery & Equipment” companies have a potential upside of 1.69%. Given Manitowoc Food Service’s peers higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Manitowoc Food Service has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Profitability

This table compares Manitowoc Food Service and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Manitowoc Food Service 5.57% -280.03% 5.02%
Manitowoc Food Service Competitors 1.44% 6.73% 4.62%

Institutional and Insider Ownership

87.9% of Manitowoc Food Service shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 78.2% of shares of all “Industrial Machinery & Equipment” companies are owned by institutional investors. 0.7% of Manitowoc Food Service shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 5.5% of shares of all “Industrial Machinery & Equipment” companies are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Manitowoc Food Service and its peers revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Manitowoc Food Service $1.46 billion $265.30 million 39.17
Manitowoc Food Service Competitors $2.17 billion $344.21 million 23.71

Manitowoc Food Service’s peers have higher revenue and earnings than Manitowoc Food Service. Manitowoc Food Service is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Volatility & Risk

Manitowoc Food Service has a beta of 2.46, indicating that its share price is 146% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Manitowoc Food Service’s peers have a beta of 1.22, indicating that their average share price is 22% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Manitowoc Food Service beats its peers on 7 of the 13 factors compared.

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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