Comparing ASV (ASV) and Manitowoc (NYSE:MTW)

ASV (NASDAQ: ASV) and Manitowoc (NYSE:MTW) are both small-cap industrial products companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, valuation, profitability, analyst recommendations, risk, dividends and earnings.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

41.8% of ASV shares are owned by institutional investors. 2.8% of Manitowoc shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.


This table compares ASV and Manitowoc’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
ASV 0.33% -0.78% -0.40%
Manitowoc 0.59% -1.59% -0.61%

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings for ASV and Manitowoc, as provided by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
ASV 0 0 3 0 3.00
Manitowoc 1 4 7 0 2.50

ASV presently has a consensus price target of $10.92, indicating a potential upside of 32.81%. Manitowoc has a consensus price target of $41.00, indicating a potential upside of 19.88%. Given ASV’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities research analysts plainly believe ASV is more favorable than Manitowoc.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares ASV and Manitowoc’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
ASV $103.80 million 0.78 -$1.17 million N/A N/A
Manitowoc $1.58 billion 0.76 $9.40 million $0.21 162.86

Manitowoc has higher revenue and earnings than ASV.


ASV beats Manitowoc on 6 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

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.

About Manitowoc

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.

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