Manitex International Inc. Stock Downgraded (MNTX)

NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Manitex International (Nasdaq: MNTX) has been downgraded by TheStreet Ratings from buy to hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and solid stock price performance. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income, poor profit margins and weak operating cash flow.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • Despite its growing revenue, the company underperformed as compared with the industry average of 27.8%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 23.8%. This growth in revenue does not appear to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, displayed by a decline in earnings per share.
  • The debt-to-equity ratio is somewhat low, currently at 0.90, and is less than that of the industry average, implying that there has been a relatively successful effort in the management of debt levels. Although the company had a strong debt-to-equity ratio, its quick ratio of 0.88 is somewhat weak and could be cause for future problems.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to -$0.93 million or 414.14% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much lower.
  • The company, on the basis of change in net income from the same quarter one year ago, has significantly underperformed when compared to that of the S&P 500 and the Machinery industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 69.0% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $0.93 million to $0.29 million.
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Manitex International, Inc. provides engineered lifting solutions. The company operates through two segments, Lifting Equipment and Equipment Distribution. The company has a P/E ratio of 25.3, above the average industrial industry P/E ratio of 17.5 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Manitex International has a market cap of $62 million and is part of the industrial goods sector and industrial industry. Shares are up 84.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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-- Written by a member of TheStreet Ratings Staff
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Manitex International Inc. Stock Downgraded (MNTX)