Manitowoc Company, Inc. (The) (NYSE: MTW) and Wabco Holdings (NYSE:WBC) are both mid-cap industrial products companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, risk, valuation, analyst recommendations, dividends, earnings and profitability.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Manitowoc Company, Inc. (The) -14.63% -14.85% -5.70%
Wabco Holdings 9.75% 38.93% 10.53%

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Manitowoc Company, Inc. (The) and Wabco Holdings’ revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Manitowoc Company, Inc. (The) $1.61 billion 0.88 -$375.80 million ($1.51) -6.65
Wabco Holdings $2.81 billion 2.87 $223.00 million $5.54 27.16

Wabco Holdings has higher revenue and earnings than Manitowoc Company, Inc. (The). Manitowoc Company, Inc. (The) is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Wabco Holdings, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Volatility & Risk

Manitowoc Company, Inc. (The) has a beta of 1.44, suggesting that its stock price is 44% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Wabco Holdings has a beta of 1.68, suggesting that its stock price is 68% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for Manitowoc Company, Inc. (The) and Wabco Holdings, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Manitowoc Company, Inc. (The) 0 5 4 0 2.44
Wabco Holdings 0 4 11 0 2.73

Manitowoc Company, Inc. (The) currently has a consensus price target of $9.07, indicating a potential downside of 9.65%. Wabco Holdings has a consensus price target of $159.36, indicating a potential upside of 5.91%. Given Wabco Holdings’ stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Wabco Holdings is more favorable than Manitowoc Company, Inc. (The).

Institutional and Insider Ownership

81.0% of Manitowoc Company, Inc. (The) shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 97.4% of Wabco Holdings shares are held by institutional investors. 2.8% of Manitowoc Company, Inc. (The) shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 0.8% of Wabco Holdings shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

Wabco Holdings beats Manitowoc Company, Inc. (The) on 12 of the 13 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.

Wabco Holdings Company Profile

WABCO Holdings Inc. is a supplier of electronic, mechanical, electro-mechanical and aerodynamic products for various manufacturers of commercial trucks, buses and trailers, as well as passenger cars. The Company engineers, develops, manufactures and sells braking, stability, suspension and transmission automation and air management systems primarily for commercial vehicles. Its products are pneumatic anti-lock braking systems, electronic braking systems, electronic stability control systems, brake controls, automated manual transmission systems, air disc brakes, and a range of conventional mechanical products, such as actuators, air compressors and air control valves for medium- and heavy-duty trucks, buses and trailers. The Company’s products also include air compressor and air processing/air management system; electronic and conventional air suspension systems; transmission automation; roll stability support; advanced driver assistance systems, and fleet management solutions.

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