Albany International (NYSE: AIN) and Manitex International (NASDAQ:MNTX) are both industrial products companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, risk, valuation, earnings and dividends.

Risk & Volatility

Albany International has a beta of 1.72, meaning that its stock price is 72% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Manitex International has a beta of 2.03, meaning that its stock price is 103% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

Albany International pays an annual dividend of $0.68 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.1%. Manitex International does not pay a dividend. Albany International pays out 51.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Albany International has raised its dividend for 6 consecutive years.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and price targets for Albany International and Manitex International, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Albany International 0 1 0 0 2.00
Manitex International 0 1 1 0 2.50

Albany International currently has a consensus price target of $52.00, indicating a potential downside of 17.92%. Manitex International has a consensus price target of $10.00, indicating a potential upside of 12.74%. Given Manitex International’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Manitex International is more favorable than Albany International.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Albany International 5.06% 9.24% 3.83%
Manitex International -15.69% 2.50% 0.78%

Insider & Institutional Ownership

90.5% of Albany International shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 65.4% of Manitex International shares are held by institutional investors. 11.6% of Albany International shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 6.8% of Manitex International 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.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Albany International 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
Albany International $779.84 million 2.62 $52.73 million $1.33 47.63
Manitex International $288.96 million 0.51 -$35.16 million ($2.50) -3.55

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

Summary

Albany International beats Manitex International on 11 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.

Albany International Company Profile

Albany International Corp. is focused on textiles and materials processing business. The Company operates through two segments: Machine Clothing and Albany Engineered Composites. The Company’s Machine Clothing segment supplies permeable and impermeable belts used in the manufacture of paper, paperboard, nonwovens, fiber cement and various other industrial applications. The Machine Clothing segment also supplies customized, consumable fabrics used in the manufacturing process in the pulp, corrugator, nonwovens, fiber cement, building products, and tannery and textile industries. Its Albany Engineered Composites segment includes Albany Safran Composites, LLC (ASC), in which its customer SAFRAN Group owns interest and provides engineered composite structures based on its technology to customers in the aerospace and defense industries.

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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