Reviewing ASV (ASV) and Hyster-Yale Materials Handling (HY)

ASV (NASDAQ: ASV) and Hyster-Yale Materials Handling (NYSE:HY) are both small-cap industrials companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, profitability, institutional ownership, risk, dividends, valuation and earnings.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

41.2% of ASV shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 50.9% of Hyster-Yale Materials Handling shares are held by institutional investors. 26.3% of Hyster-Yale Materials Handling shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares ASV and Hyster-Yale Materials Handling’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
ASV $103.80 million 0.90 -$1.17 million $0.06 158.67
Hyster-Yale Materials Handling $2.57 billion 0.56 $42.80 million $3.83 22.91

Hyster-Yale Materials Handling has higher revenue and earnings than ASV. Hyster-Yale Materials Handling is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than ASV, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and recommmendations for ASV and Hyster-Yale Materials Handling, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
ASV 0 0 3 0 3.00
Hyster-Yale Materials Handling 1 1 1 0 2.00

ASV currently has a consensus price target of $10.92, suggesting a potential upside of 14.67%. Hyster-Yale Materials Handling has a consensus price target of $74.00, suggesting a potential downside of 15.66%. Given ASV’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe ASV is more favorable than Hyster-Yale Materials Handling.

Profitability

This table compares ASV and Hyster-Yale Materials Handling’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
ASV 0.33% -0.78% -0.40%
Hyster-Yale Materials Handling 2.27% 11.34% 4.04%

Dividends

Hyster-Yale Materials Handling pays an annual dividend of $1.21 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.4%. ASV does not pay a dividend. Hyster-Yale Materials Handling pays out 31.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. ASV has increased its dividend for 5 consecutive years.

Summary

Hyster-Yale Materials Handling beats ASV on 9 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

About ASV

ASV Holdings, Inc. (ASV) is engaged in designing and manufacturing a range of compact track loader (CTL) and skid steer loader (SSL) equipment for construction, agricultural and forestry industries. The Company manufactures Posi-Track, rubber-tracked CTLs with multi-level suspension. CTLs are compact tracked vehicles with lift arms that functions in wet, muddy, snowy or harsh conditions and where there are slopes and grades, such as in a construction, agriculture or forestry environment. SSLs are wheeled vehicles with lift arms that can be outfitted with the same attachments as CTLs and can therefore be used in the same applications. The Company also serves as a private label original equipment manufacturer (OEM) for several manufacturers. It provides pre- and post-sale dealer support, after-sale technical support and replacement parts. The Company markets through a distribution network in North America, Australia and New Zealand under the ASV and Terex brands.

About Hyster-Yale Materials Handling

Hyster-Yale Materials Handling, Inc. is a lift truck manufacturer. The Company designs, engineers, manufactures, sells and services a line of lift trucks, attachments and aftermarket parts marketed globally under the Hyster and Yale brand names, mainly to independent Hyster and Yale retail dealerships. The Company operates through five segments: the Americas, EMEA, JAPIC, Bolzoni and Nuvera. The Company offers a range of solutions, including attachments and hydrogen fuel cell power products, telematics, automation and fleet management services, as well as an array of other power options for its lift trucks. The Company’s segments for the lift truck business include three management units: the Americas, EMEA and JAPIC. Americas includes operations in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Latin America and its corporate headquarters. EMEA includes operations in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. JAPIC includes operations in the Asia and Pacific regions including China.

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