American Tower Corporation (REIT) (NYSE: AMT) and CorEnergy Infrastructure Trust (NYSE:CORR) are both finance companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, dividends, earnings, risk, valuation, profitabiliy and analyst recommendations.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares American Tower Corporation (REIT) and CorEnergy Infrastructure Trust’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
American Tower Corporation (REIT) $6.11 billion 9.20 $3.60 billion $2.06 64.24
CorEnergy Infrastructure Trust $89.07 million 4.68 $70.47 million $2.49 14.06

American Tower Corporation (REIT) has higher revenue and earnings than CorEnergy Infrastructure Trust. CorEnergy Infrastructure Trust is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than American Tower Corporation (REIT), indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Risk and Volatility

American Tower Corporation (REIT) has a beta of 0.73, indicating that its stock price is 27% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, CorEnergy Infrastructure Trust has a beta of 1.98, indicating that its stock price is 98% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

93.9% of American Tower Corporation (REIT) shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 70.4% of CorEnergy Infrastructure Trust shares are held by institutional investors. 1.0% of American Tower Corporation (REIT) shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 1.0% of CorEnergy Infrastructure Trust shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares American Tower Corporation (REIT) and CorEnergy Infrastructure Trust’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
American Tower Corporation (REIT) 16.32% 14.26% 3.21%
CorEnergy Infrastructure Trust 38.11% 8.98% 5.19%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings for American Tower Corporation (REIT) and CorEnergy Infrastructure Trust, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
American Tower Corporation (REIT) 0 0 10 0 3.00
CorEnergy Infrastructure Trust 0 2 1 0 2.33

American Tower Corporation (REIT) currently has a consensus target price of $135.27, indicating a potential upside of 2.22%. CorEnergy Infrastructure Trust has a consensus target price of $35.67, indicating a potential upside of 1.88%. Given American Tower Corporation (REIT)’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities research analysts clearly believe American Tower Corporation (REIT) is more favorable than CorEnergy Infrastructure Trust.

Dividends

American Tower Corporation (REIT) pays an annual dividend of $2.56 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.9%. CorEnergy Infrastructure Trust pays an annual dividend of $3.00 per share and has a dividend yield of 8.6%. American Tower Corporation (REIT) pays out 124.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. CorEnergy Infrastructure Trust pays out 120.5% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. American Tower Corporation (REIT) has raised its dividend for 5 consecutive years. CorEnergy Infrastructure Trust is clearly the better dividend stock, given its higher yield and lower payout ratio.

Summary

American Tower Corporation (REIT) beats CorEnergy Infrastructure Trust on 10 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.

American Tower Corporation (REIT) Company Profile

American Tower Corporation (ATC) is a holding company. The Company operates as a real estate investment trust (REIT), which owns, operates and develops multitenant communications real estate. ATC’s segments include U.S. property, Asia property, EMEA property, Latin America property, Services and Other. Its primary business is property operations, which include the leasing of space on communications sites to wireless service providers, radio and television broadcast companies, wireless data providers, government agencies and municipalities, and tenants in various other industries. Its U.S. property segment includes operations in the United States. Its Asia property segment includes operations in India. The EMEA property segment includes operations in Germany, Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa and Uganda. The Latin America property segment includes operations in Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Mexico and Peru. Its services segment offers tower-related services in the United States.

CorEnergy Infrastructure Trust Company Profile

CorEnergy Infrastructure Trust, Inc. (CorEnergy) is focused on acquiring and financing midstream and downstream real estate assets within the United States energy infrastructure sector and concurrently entering into long-term triple-net participating leases with energy companies. The Company also provides other types of capital, including loans secured by energy infrastructure assets. The Company owns assets, such as pipelines, storage terminals, and transmission and distribution assets. It assets include Grand Isle Gathering System, Pinedale Liquids Gathering System (Pinedale LGS), Portland Terminal Facility, MoGas Pipeline System and Omega Pipeline.

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