Manitowoc (NYSE: MTW) manufacturers cranes, food service equipment, and shipping vessels. Manitowoc's value is tied directly to world infrastructure growth, as more heavy construction projects worldwide mean more contracts for MTW's cranes. The sale of the ship building operations in early 2009 and the acquisition of additional food service equipment companies in 2008 may have altered the relative importance of the crane business to some degree.
Ship building, repair, and maintenance, like crane construction, is heavily impacted by economic conditions, including shipping volume moving through the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway (MTW's 3 shipyards were located on the Great Lakes). The ship building business was sold in early 2009. The food service group, which manufactures commercial refrigerators and ice machines, sells mainly to lodging and restaurant customers, whose sales are largely dependent on discretionary consumer spending. The purchase of additional food service equipment companies in 2008 has increased the limited smoothing effect the Food Services Business has during economic downturns. Although Manitowoc has a diverse portfolio of businesses, all of its divisions are heavily exposed to economic cycles.(Read more at Wikinvest )
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- Key Trends and Forces
- Global spending on infrastructure directly impacts Manitowoc's sales growth.
- Demand for Commercial and residential construction affects Manitowoc's revenue and income
- Competition in emerging markets is increasing
- Demand for bulk commodities and consumer discretionary spending impacts Manitowoc's other business interests