Atlas Copco (OTCMKTS:ALFVY) and Manitex International (NASDAQ:MNTX) are both construction companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, valuation, profitability, dividends, institutional ownership, risk and earnings.

Volatility & Risk

Atlas Copco has a beta of 0.68, suggesting that its share price is 32% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Manitex International has a beta of 1.59, suggesting that its share price is 59% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for Atlas Copco and Manitex International, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Atlas Copco 0 0 1 0 3.00
Manitex International 0 0 2 0 3.00

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Atlas Copco 11.62% 20.68% 8.18%
Manitex International -2.74% 6.11% 2.48%

Dividends

Atlas Copco pays an annual dividend of $0.39 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.0%. Manitex International does not pay a dividend. Atlas Copco pays out 31.5% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

0.1% of Atlas Copco shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 51.8% of Manitex International shares are held by institutional investors. 6.1% of Manitex International shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Valuation & Earnings

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

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Atlas Copco $4.68 billion 1.74 $520.14 million $1.24 15.63
Manitex International $242.11 million 0.48 -$13.18 million $0.33 17.76

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

Summary

Atlas Copco beats Manitex International on 8 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

Atlas Copco Company Profile

Alfa Laval AB (publ) provides heat transfer, separation, and fluid handling products and solutions worldwide. The company operates in five segments: Energy, Food & Water, Marine, Greenhouse, and Operations & Other. It offers fluid handling systems, such as automation and fluid control equipment; installation materials; analytical, cleaning validation, flow, level, pressure, temperature, and weighing instruments, as well as instrumentation accessories; mixing equipment; centrifugal, circumferential piston, rotary lobe, and screw pumps; rotary jet and spray heads; tank covers and accessories; and valves. The company also provides heat transfer products, including air heat exchangers; exhaust gas economizers, and oil/gas-fired composite steam and steam boilers; burners; oil/gas-fired hot water and thermal, and waste heat recovery heaters; plate and tubular heat exchangers; and scraped surface heat exchangers. In addition, it offers separation products comprising cylindrical filter baskets and filtering elements; decanters and separators; evaporation systems; filters and strainers; and membrane and pump control systems. Further, the company provides process solutions consisting of ballast water, brewery, bulk, desalination, edible oil, exhaust gas cleaning, filling, fresh water, fuel conditioning, marine exhaust gas, olive oil, protein, refrigeration, safety, and thermal solutions. It serves the biotech and pharmaceuticals, energy, chemicals,food, dairy, beverage, home and personal care, HVAC, machinery and manufacturing, marine and transportation, mining, minerals, pigment, pulp and paper, refrigeration, semiconductor and electronics, steel, and water and waste treatment industries. The company was formerly known as AB Separator and changed its name to Alfa Laval AB (publ) in 1963. Alfa Laval AB (publ) was founded in 1883 and is headquartered in Lund, Sweden.

Manitex International Company Profile

Manitex International, Inc. provides engineered lifting solutions worldwide. The company designs, manufactures, and distributes products that are used in various industries. It also offers boom trucks and crane products primarily for use in industrial projects, energy exploration, and infrastructure development comprising roads, bridges, and commercial construction. In addition, the company manufactures rough terrain cranes and material handling products for construction, municipality, and railroad industries; and truck mounted hydraulic knuckle boom cranes. Further, it offers mobile tanks for petrochemical, waste management, and oil and gas drilling markets; and repair services, as well as supplies repair parts for various medium to heavy duty construction equipment; and rents equipment. The company operates under the Manitex, PM, Oil & Steel, Badger, Sabre, and Valla brands. It also sells its products through dealers and rental distribution channel. The company was formerly known as Veri-Tek International, Corp. and changed its name to Manitex International, Inc. in May 2008. Manitex International, Inc. was founded in 1993 and is headquartered in Bridgeview, Illinois.

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