Sunday, August 13, 2017

Manitex Still On Its Bumpy Road To Recovery

Maybe comparisons to Icarus are a little unfair to Manitex (NASDAQ:MNTX) management, but the company has definitely paid a price for its former reliance on the oil/gas sector and using debt to fund a significant M&A expansion program during the U.S. onshore energy boom. Now, though, the company is largely through a stark restructuring effort that has seen management refocus around its core boom truck and knuckle-boom crane product lines.

The shares are about 10% since my last update, boosted by a strong positive reaction to second quarter earnings, but the shares have been pretty volatile in the meantime, with the stock price heading up above $9 earlier this year on optimism around restructuring and market recoveries. While Manitex's core markets remain skittish and volatile, it looks as though older used equipment has been largely absorbed, and the table is set for a return to growth. I don't expect a V-shaped recovery (even if a comprehensive federal infrastructure bill is passed and signed), but I do think Manitex can grow at a long-term rate in the mid-single digits and the shares can still perform as the recovery story unfolds and matures.

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Manitex Still On Its Bumpy Road To Recovery

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