Manitowoc Food Service (NYSE: WBT) is one of 57 publicly-traded companies in the “Industrial Machinery & Equipment” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its peers? We will compare Manitowoc Food Service to related companies based on the strength of its valuation, earnings, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, risk, dividends and profitability.

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 2.99% 6.64% 4.74%

Insider & Institutional Ownership

87.8% of Manitowoc Food Service shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 79.3% of shares of all “Industrial Machinery & Equipment” companies are owned by institutional investors. 0.7% of Manitowoc Food Service shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 5.5% of shares of all “Industrial Machinery & Equipment” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Volatility & Risk

Manitowoc Food Service has a beta of 2.46, suggesting that its stock price is 146% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Manitowoc Food Service’s peers have a beta of 1.26, suggesting that their average stock price is 26% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent recommendations 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 4 3 0 2.43
Manitowoc Food Service Competitors 292 1677 1786 19 2.41

Manitowoc Food Service presently has a consensus price target of $22.33, indicating a potential upside of 1.24%. As a group, “Industrial Machinery & Equipment” companies have a potential upside of 3.36%. Given Manitowoc Food Service’s peers higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Manitowoc Food Service has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Valuation and Earnings

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

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Manitowoc Food Service $1.46 billion $265.30 million 38.03
Manitowoc Food Service Competitors $2.20 billion $345.93 million 9.91

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.

Summary

Manitowoc Food Service peers beat Manitowoc Food Service 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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