Analyzing Edwards Group Ltd – (EVAC) & Manitowoc Food Service (WBT)

Edwards Group Ltd – (NASDAQ: EVAC) and Manitowoc Food Service (NYSE:WBT) are both industrial machinery & equipment – nec companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, profitability, institutional ownership, risk, dividends, valuation and earnings.

Profitability

This table compares Edwards Group Ltd – and Manitowoc Food Service’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Edwards Group Ltd – N/A N/A N/A
Manitowoc Food Service 6.14% -2,645.52% 5.23%

Institutional and Insider Ownership

85.9% of Manitowoc Food Service shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.7% of Manitowoc Food Service shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and price targets for Edwards Group Ltd – and Manitowoc Food Service, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Edwards Group Ltd – 0 0 0 0 N/A
Manitowoc Food Service 0 4 3 0 2.43

Manitowoc Food Service has a consensus price target of $22.33, suggesting a potential upside of 4.80%.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Edwards Group Ltd – and Manitowoc Food Service’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Edwards Group Ltd – N/A N/A N/A $0.66 N/A
Manitowoc Food Service $1.46 billion 2.04 $79.50 million $0.64 33.30

Manitowoc Food Service has higher revenue and earnings than Edwards Group Ltd -. Edwards Group Ltd – is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Manitowoc Food Service, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Summary

Manitowoc Food Service beats Edwards Group Ltd – on 6 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

Edwards Group Ltd – Company Profile

Edwards Group Limited (Edwards) a global industrial technology company, is a manufacturer of vacuum products and abatement systems and a provider of related value-added services. The Company sells its products, systems and services across several targeted market sectors, Semiconductor, General Vacuum and Emerging Technologies, each of which contains several sub-sectors. As of December 31, 2011, Edwards operated 11 manufacturing and systemization sites in seven countries. Its vacuum products include a range of dry pumps, turbomolecular pumps and other vacuum pumps. Its abatement systems include customized solutions, which integrate vacuum and exhaust management technologies. Abatement products are used to manage exhaust gases and other process byproducts extracted by dry pumps. Its value-added services include equipment monitoring, repair and overhaul, remanufacturing, service upgrades and provision of spare parts.

Manitowoc Food Service Company Profile

Welbilt, Inc., formerly Manitowoc Foodservice, Inc., is a commercial foodservice equipment company. The Company designs, manufactures and supplies food and beverage equipment for the global commercial foodservice market, offering customers operator and patron insights, kitchen solutions, culinary expertise, and implementation support and service. It operates through three segments: Americas, EMEA and APAC. The Americas segment includes the United States, Canada and Latin America. The EMEA segment consists of markets in Europe, Middle East and Africa, including Russia and the commonwealth of independent states. The APAC segment consists of markets in China, Singapore, Australia, India, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand and the Philippines. It supplies foodservice equipment to commercial and institutional foodservice operators. Its brands include Cleveland, Convotherm, Delfield, fitKitchen, Frymaster, Garland, Kolpak, Lincoln, Manitowoc Ice, Merco, Merrychef and Multiplex.

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