Financial Analysis: Kadant (KAI) and Manitex International (MNTX)

Kadant (NYSE: KAI) and Manitex International (NASDAQ:MNTX) are both small-cap industrial products companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, profitability, risk, earnings and dividends.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

90.7% of Kadant shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 60.7% of Manitex International shares are owned by institutional investors. 5.6% of Kadant shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 6.8% of Manitex International shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Risk and Volatility

Kadant has a beta of 1.36, indicating that its stock price is 36% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Manitex International has a beta of 2.06, indicating that its stock price is 106% more volatile than the S&P 500.


This table compares Kadant and Manitex International’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Kadant 8.10% 12.68% 7.64%
Manitex International -15.69% 2.50% 0.78%

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Kadant and Manitex International’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Kadant $418.86 million 2.62 $67.05 million $3.03 32.97
Manitex International $274.79 million 0.54 $6.67 million ($2.50) -3.56

Kadant has higher revenue and earnings than Manitex International. Manitex International is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Kadant, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and price targets for Kadant and Manitex International, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Kadant 0 1 2 0 2.67
Manitex International 0 0 2 0 3.00

Kadant currently has a consensus target price of $94.00, suggesting a potential downside of 5.91%. Manitex International has a consensus target price of $10.00, suggesting a potential upside of 12.23%. Given Manitex International’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Manitex International is more favorable than Kadant.


Kadant pays an annual dividend of $0.84 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.8%. Manitex International does not pay a dividend. Kadant pays out 27.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Kadant has raised its dividend for 3 consecutive years.


Kadant beats Manitex International on 10 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Kadant

Kadant Inc. is a supplier of equipment and components used in process industries. In addition, the Company manufactures granules made from papermaking by-products. Its segments include Papermaking Systems and Wood Processing Systems. The Company has a customer base, which includes paper and oriented strand board (OSB) manufacturers. Papermaking Systems segment is engaged in developing, manufacturing, and marketing equipment for the global papermaking and paper recycling industries. Its Papermaking Systems segment consists of product lines, including Stock-Preparation; Doctoring, Cleaning, & Filtration, and Fluid-Handling. The Company develops, manufactures and markets stranders and related equipment used in the production of OSB.

About Manitex International

Manitex International, Inc. is a provider of engineered specialty lifting and loading products. The Company operates in three business segments: the Lifting Equipment segment, the A.S.V., LLC (ASV) segment and the Equipment Distribution segment. Through its Lifting Equipment segment, the Company designs, manufactures and distributes a diverse group of products that serve various functions and are used in a range of industries. In the ASV segment, the Company manufactures a line of compact rubber tracked and skid steer loaders. In the Equipment Distribution segment, the Company markets products used primarily for infrastructure development and commercial construction applications that include road and bridge construction, general contracting, roofing, scrap handling, and sign construction and maintenance. The Company, through its subsidiary Manitex, Inc., markets a line of boom trucks, truck cranes and sign cranes.

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