Hyster-Yale Materials Handling (NYSE: HY) and ASV (NASDAQ:ASV) are both small-cap industrials companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, valuation, risk, profitability, institutional ownership, earnings and dividends.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

50.9% of Hyster-Yale Materials Handling shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 41.2% of ASV shares are held by institutional investors. 26.3% of Hyster-Yale Materials Handling shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Hyster-Yale Materials Handling and ASV’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Hyster-Yale Materials Handling $2.57 billion 0.56 $42.80 million $3.83 22.91
ASV $103.80 million 0.90 -$1.17 million $0.06 158.67

Hyster-Yale Materials Handling has higher revenue and earnings than ASV. Hyster-Yale Materials Handling is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than ASV, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent recommendations for Hyster-Yale Materials Handling and ASV, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Hyster-Yale Materials Handling 1 1 1 0 2.00
ASV 0 0 3 0 3.00

Hyster-Yale Materials Handling currently has a consensus price target of $74.00, indicating a potential downside of 15.66%. ASV has a consensus price target of $10.92, indicating a potential upside of 14.67%. Given ASV’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe ASV is more favorable than Hyster-Yale Materials Handling.

Profitability

This table compares Hyster-Yale Materials Handling and ASV’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Hyster-Yale Materials Handling 2.27% 11.34% 4.04%
ASV 0.33% -0.78% -0.40%

Dividends

Hyster-Yale Materials Handling pays an annual dividend of $1.21 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.4%. ASV does not pay a dividend. Hyster-Yale Materials Handling pays out 31.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Hyster-Yale Materials Handling has raised its dividend for 5 consecutive years.

Summary

Hyster-Yale Materials Handling beats ASV on 10 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Hyster-Yale Materials Handling

Hyster-Yale Materials Handling, Inc. is a lift truck manufacturer. The Company designs, engineers, manufactures, sells and services a line of lift trucks, attachments and aftermarket parts marketed globally under the Hyster and Yale brand names, mainly to independent Hyster and Yale retail dealerships. The Company operates through five segments: the Americas, EMEA, JAPIC, Bolzoni and Nuvera. The Company offers a range of solutions, including attachments and hydrogen fuel cell power products, telematics, automation and fleet management services, as well as an array of other power options for its lift trucks. The Company’s segments for the lift truck business include three management units: the Americas, EMEA and JAPIC. Americas includes operations in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Latin America and its corporate headquarters. EMEA includes operations in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. JAPIC includes operations in the Asia and Pacific regions including China.

About ASV

ASV Holdings, Inc. (ASV) is engaged in designing and manufacturing a range of compact track loader (CTL) and skid steer loader (SSL) equipment for construction, agricultural and forestry industries. The Company manufactures Posi-Track, rubber-tracked CTLs with multi-level suspension. CTLs are compact tracked vehicles with lift arms that functions in wet, muddy, snowy or harsh conditions and where there are slopes and grades, such as in a construction, agriculture or forestry environment. SSLs are wheeled vehicles with lift arms that can be outfitted with the same attachments as CTLs and can therefore be used in the same applications. The Company also serves as a private label original equipment manufacturer (OEM) for several manufacturers. It provides pre- and post-sale dealer support, after-sale technical support and replacement parts. The Company markets through a distribution network in North America, Australia and New Zealand under the ASV and Terex brands.

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