Based on the aggregated intelligence of 170,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, heavy-equipment maker Manitowoc (NYSE: MTW) has earned a coveted five-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

$2.63 billion


Farm and construction machinery

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$3.14 billion


Chairman/CEO Glen Tellock

CFO Carl Laurino

Return on Capital (Average, Past 3 Years)



$86.4 million / $2.04 billion

Dividend Yield


Sources: Capital IQ (a division of Standard & Poor's) and Motley Fool CAPS.

On CAPS, 97% of the 1,807 members who have rated Manitowoc believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include bigangrydino and Turfscape.

Just two weeks ago, bigangrydino tapped Manitowoc as a well-positioned pick: "From here ($19) I think it will double over the next 5 years. The Enodis investment protects them against another downturn in construction, and even if construction in the US continues to be sluggish, they can benefit from the construction booms elsewhere on the planet."

Currently, Manitowoc even trades at a price-to-cash flow of 12.5. That represents a discount to other construction equipment stocks like Caterpillar (NYSE: CAT) (13.6), Deere (NYSE: DE) (22.7), and Joy Global (Nasdaq: JOYG) (18.7).

CAPS member Turfscape elaborates on the bull case:

Manitowoc has taken the necessary steps to get its debt load under control and will be returning to profitability. The question remains whether the global economy will support growth for this maker of boats and cranes. China still has lots of potential for [Manitowoc], as does Mid-East markets, if political unrest and economic factors don't drag things down too far.

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