The Manitowoc Company, Inc. (NYSE: MTW) today acknowledged that Relational Investors LLC has filed a Schedule 13D with the Securities and Exchange Commission reporting that it has acquired beneficial ownership of 8.52% of the company's common stock.
“As an organization, we are committed to acting in the best interest of the company and all of its stakeholders. We have maintained, and will continue to maintain, an open dialogue with all of our shareholders. In fact, we have already had several conversations with Relational Investors. As part of our regular evaluation of the company’s enterprise-wide strategic imperatives to drive long-term shareholder value, we will continue to consider and review Relational Investors’ suggestions,” commented Glen E. Tellock, Manitowoc’s chairman and chief executive officer.
“We have great confidence in the strength of our business and our ability to manage the company in any market environment. The Board of Directors and management team remain committed to building value for all shareholders through the continued execution of our strategy, including margin expansion initiatives which are already delivering results, and the continued evaluation of our capital allocation policy following our substantial deleveraging since the Enodis transaction,” concluded Tellock.
Goldman, Sachs & Co. is serving as financial advisor to The Manitowoc Company, Inc.About The Manitowoc Company, Inc. Founded in 1902, The Manitowoc Company, Inc. is a multi-industry, capital goods manufacturer with over 100 manufacturing, distribution, and service facilities in 24 countries. The company is recognized globally as one of the premier innovators and providers of crawler cranes, tower cranes, and mobile cranes for the heavy construction industry, which are complemented by a slate of industry-leading product support services. In addition, Manitowoc is one of the world’s leading innovators and manufacturers of commercial foodservice equipment, which includes 24 market-leading brands of hot- and cold-focused equipment. In 2013, Manitowoc’s revenues totaled $4.0 billion, with more than half of these revenues generated outside of the United States.