The Shyft Group, Inc.: Deliveries R Us
At Perritt Capital Management, we take focused positions in companies where we have a high conviction in their success; companies that are out of the mainstream of small cap investing. To highlight our process, we are pleased to present the newest installment in our ongoing series “Marvelous Microcaps – Big Ideas on Small Companies.” This series profiles companies that we believe have a niche in their existing markets or are launching a product that could disrupt their marketplace.
The Shyft Group (SHYF) offers an unparalleled roster of commercial, retail, service specialty vehicle, and upfit brands. They uniquely combine in-depth industry knowledge, engineering and manufacturing expertise, and purposeful innovation to deliver job-enhancing efficiency-driving, ever-reliable products, and services. Their newest product is the exciting Blue Arc to support the Electric Vehicle (EV) transition. “Our industry has a responsibility to create a more environmentally sustainable future.” They are currently the only supplier in the Class 3 to Class 5 EV manufacturing. In addition, their Power Cube offers the ability to charge a fleet without significant investment by their customers.
WHY WE OWN: THE PERRITT ADVANTAGE
SHYF exemplifies what we look for in a microcap stock. Their sales have grown from $550 million in 2015 to $992m in 2021, adjusted EBITDA grew from 2.0% to 10.9% and the share price from $3.11 to $21.58 and the current price is around $22. They have both grown organically and deployed $100m toward acquisitions. Their goals are to have revenue of $1.75 billion and adjusted EBITDA of 15% by the year 2025. There is also a focus on ESG with energy efficient processes, investment in the electric vehicle portfolio, waste/water management, among others. The new EV initiative should start a substantial payback in 2025. They have secured ~40% of volume with a recent pre-order, expect $500-600m in revenue from this division alone in 2025 and have ~12% payback on their initial investment. In short, they have an excellent management track record of transforming a company, best-in-class commercial grade product, and a rock-solid balance sheet.
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First published October 2022.