Financial Survey: Flow International (FLOW) versus Manitex International (MNTX)

Manitex International (NASDAQ: MNTX) and Flow International (NASDAQ:FLOW) are both small-cap industrial machinery companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, valuation, earnings, dividends, risk, analyst recommendations and institutional ownership.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Manitex International -15.69% 2.50% 0.78%
Flow International N/A N/A N/A

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for Manitex International and Flow International, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Manitex International 0 1 1 0 2.50
Flow International 1 2 3 0 2.33

Manitex International presently has a consensus target price of $10.00, suggesting a potential upside of 0.70%. Flow International has a consensus target price of $43.00, suggesting a potential upside of 964.36%. Given Flow International’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Flow International is more favorable than Manitex International.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Manitex International and Flow International’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Manitex International $288.96 million 0.57 -$35.16 million ($1.21) -8.21
Flow International N/A N/A N/A $0.04 101.00

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

Insider & Institutional Ownership

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

Summary

Manitex International beats Flow International on 6 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

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.

Flow International Company Profile

SPX FLOW, Inc. provides various engineered solutions worldwide. The company engineers, designs, manufactures, and markets products and solutions used to process, blend, filter, dry, meter, and transport fluids with a focus on original equipment installation, including turn-key systems, modular systems, and components, as well as aftermarket components and support services. It operates through three segments: Food and Beverage, Power and Energy, and Industrial. The Food and Beverage segment offers mixing, drying, evaporation, and separation systems and components; heat exchangers, and reciprocating and centrifugal pump technologies; and turn-key systems primarily under the Anhydro, APV, Bran+Luebbe, Gerstenberg Schroeder, LIGHTNIN, Seital, and Waukesha Cherry-Burrell brands. The Power and Energy segment provides pumps, valves, and related accessories primarily for customers in oil and gas, and nuclear and other conventional power industries under the APV, Bran+Luebbe, ClydeUnion Pumps, Copes-Vulcan, Dollinger Filtration, LIGHTNIN, M&J Valve, Plenty, and Vokes brands. The Industrial segment offers air dryers, filtration equipment, mixers, pumps, hydraulic technologies, and heat exchangers under the Airpel, APV, Bolting Systems, Delair, Deltech, Hankison, Jemaco, Johnson Pump, LIGHTNIN, Power Team, and Stone brands. It primarily serves customers in chemical, air treatment, mining, pharmaceutical, marine, shipbuilding, infrastructure construction, general industrial, and water treatment industries. SPX FLOW, Inc. is headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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