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Analyst: Manitowoc's Risk-Reward Profile Skewed To The Upside

Analyst: Manitowoc's Risk-Reward Profile Skewed To The Upside
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Manitowoc Company Inc (NYSE: MTW) announced a one-for-four reverse stock split in September, prompting some analysts to revisit their thesis.

The Analyst

Seaport Global Securities' Michael Shlisky upgraded Manitowoc's stock rating from Neutral to Buy with a price target raised from a split-adjusted $38 to $48.

The Thesis

Manitowoc's turnaround initiatives in the past have been more than offset by downside in the crane cycle, but this may no longer be the case, Shlisky said in a Monday note. (See Shlisky's track record here.) 

After a meeting with Manitowoc management, Shlisky said the case can be made for a bottoming of the crane market. There are also observable signs of an operational turnaround, including a reduction in production time for crawlers from one month to one day, he said. 

Although the turnaround in the crane business will likely be a U-shape rather than a V-shape, the longer-term upside potential is greater than the longer-term downside potential, Shlisky said. The stock should be attractive for investors who are "comfortable with a low-growth environment" moving forward, the analyst said. 

Manitowoc's stock multiple deserves a boost, as it now appears the "worst is behind the company from a cycle standpoint" and ongoing initiatives to boost the business are gaining momentum, Shlisky said. 

Price Action

Shares of Manitowoc hit a new, split-adjusted 52-week high of $41.57 on Monday.

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Latest Ratings for MTW

May 2018Credit SuisseMaintainsNeutralNeutral
May 2018Stifel NicolausMaintainsBuyBuy
Apr 2018JP MorganMaintainsUnderweightUnderweight

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