4-Star Stocks Poised to Pop: Manitowoc

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Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, heavy-equipment maker Manitowoc (NYS: MTW) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

With that in mind, let's take a closer look at Manitowoc's business and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.

Manitowoc facts

Headquarters (Founded)Manitowoc, Wis. (1853)
Market Cap$1.12 billion
IndustryFarm and construction machinery
Trailing-12-Month Revenue$3.32 billion
Management

Chairman/CEO Glen Tellock

CFO Carl Laurino

Return on Capital (Average, Past 3 Years)6.2%
Cash/Debt$83.8 million / $2.09 billion
Dividend Yield0.9%

Sources: S&P Capital IQ and Motley Fool CAPS.

On CAPS, 97% of the 1,808 members who have rated Manitowoc believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include robertshrestha and shake656.

Earlier this week, robertshrestha tapped Manitowoc as a potent bargain opportunity: "Hammered down big time, should fly with any sign of recovery, global growth potential, attractive price multiples."

In fact, Manitowoc currently sports a paltry price-to-sales multiple of 0.3. That represents a clear discount to other construction equipment stocks like Caterpillar (NYS: CAT) (1.0), Deere (NYS: DE) (1.0), and Joy Global (NAS: JOYG) (1.9).

CAPS member shake656 expands on Manitowoc as a stressful, but potentially profitable, opportunity:

MTW has been hurt by the recession, there are some concerns about the synergies between the Crane business and Foodservice business. These businesses are not even remotely related and there are some concerns weather management can run two very different businesses effectively. Also they have acquired a decent amount of debt. Once the economy recovers they should benefit as long as they spend their earnings reducing their long term debt.

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At the time this article was published Fool contributor Brian Pacampara owns no position in any of the companies mentioned. The Motley Fool owns shares of Joy Global. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days.We Fools may not all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Fool's disclosure policy always gets a perfect score.

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