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

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
EnPro Industries 1.56% 8.71% 2.06%
Manitex International -15.69% 2.50% 0.78%

Volatility & Risk

EnPro Industries has a beta of 1.15, suggesting that its share price is 15% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Manitex International has a beta of 2.06, suggesting that its share price is 106% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

94.5% of EnPro Industries shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 60.7% of Manitex International shares are held by institutional investors. 2.6% of EnPro Industries shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 6.8% of Manitex International shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Dividends

EnPro Industries pays an annual dividend of $0.88 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.1%. Manitex International does not pay a dividend. EnPro Industries pays out 103.5% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and price targets for EnPro Industries and Manitex International, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
EnPro Industries 0 1 2 0 2.67
Manitex International 0 0 2 0 3.00

EnPro Industries presently has a consensus target price of $85.00, suggesting a potential upside of 8.14%. Manitex International has a consensus target price of $10.00, suggesting a potential upside of 7.18%. Given EnPro Industries’ higher possible upside, equities research analysts clearly believe EnPro Industries is more favorable than Manitex International.

Valuation & Earnings

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

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
EnPro Industries $1.18 billion 1.42 $162.20 million $0.85 92.47
Manitex International $274.79 million 0.56 $6.67 million ($2.50) -3.73

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

Summary

EnPro Industries beats Manitex International on 10 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

EnPro Industries Company Profile

EnPro Industries, Inc. is engaged in the designing, developing, manufacturing and marketing engineered industrial products. It operates through three segments. The Sealing Products segment includes three operating divisions: Garlock, which designs, manufactures and sells sealing products; Technetics, which designs, manufactures and sells metal seals and elastomeric seals, among others, and Stemco LP (Stemco), which designs, manufactures and sells heavy-duty truck wheel-end components and systems. The Engineered Products segment includes two industrial products businesses: GGB, which designs, manufactures and sells self-lubricating, non-rolling, metal polymer and engineered plastics, among others, and Compressor Products International, which designs, manufactures, sells and services components. The Power Systems segment includes Fairbanks Morse business, which designs, manufactures, sells and services heavy-duty, medium-speed diesel, natural gas and dual fuel reciprocating engines.

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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