Manitex International Inc. Stock Downgraded (MNTX)

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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, solid stock price performance and impressive record of earnings per share growth. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including poor profit margins and weak operating cash flow.

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Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • MNTX's very impressive revenue growth greatly exceeded the industry average of 12.5%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues leaped by 54.6%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share.
  • Powered by its strong earnings growth of 433.33% and other important driving factors, this stock has surged by 42.25% over the past year, outperforming the rise in the S&P 500 Index during the same period. Regarding the stock's future course, our hold rating indicates that we do not recommend additional investment in this stock despite its gains in the past year.
  • The debt-to-equity ratio is somewhat low, currently at 0.83, 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 0.95 is somewhat weak and could be cause for future problems.
  • The gross profit margin for MANITEX INTERNATIONAL INC is rather low; currently it is at 19.70%. It has decreased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of 3.56% trails that of the industry average.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to -$2.47 million or 164.63% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much lower.
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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 15.6, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Manitex International has a market cap of $129.6 million and is part of the industrial goods sector and industrial industry. Shares are up 48.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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-- Written by a member of TheStreet Ratings Staff

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