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

Volatility and Risk

CyrusOne has a beta of 0.83, suggesting that its stock price is 17% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, CorEnergy Infrastructure Trust has a beta of 2.06, suggesting that its stock price is 106% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares CyrusOne and CorEnergy Infrastructure Trust’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
CyrusOne $597.40 million 7.59 $296.10 million ($0.31) -182.74
CorEnergy Infrastructure Trust $88.83 million 4.76 $75.33 million $2.41 14.75

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

Profitability

This table compares CyrusOne and CorEnergy Infrastructure Trust’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
CyrusOne -4.35% 1.30% 0.52%
CorEnergy Infrastructure Trust 38.26% 9.04% 5.17%

Dividends

CyrusOne pays an annual dividend of $1.68 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.0%. CorEnergy Infrastructure Trust pays an annual dividend of $3.00 per share and has a dividend yield of 8.4%. CyrusOne pays out -541.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. CorEnergy Infrastructure Trust pays out 124.5% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and recommmendations for CyrusOne and CorEnergy Infrastructure Trust, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
CyrusOne 1 1 11 0 2.77
CorEnergy Infrastructure Trust 1 2 1 0 2.00

CyrusOne currently has a consensus target price of $59.54, suggesting a potential upside of 5.10%. CorEnergy Infrastructure Trust has a consensus target price of $35.50, suggesting a potential downside of 0.11%. Given CyrusOne’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe CyrusOne is more favorable than CorEnergy Infrastructure Trust.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

99.3% of CyrusOne shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 69.9% of CorEnergy Infrastructure Trust shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.6% of CyrusOne shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 1.0% of CorEnergy Infrastructure Trust shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

CyrusOne beats CorEnergy Infrastructure Trust on 10 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

About CyrusOne

CyrusOne Inc. is a real estate investment trust. The Company is an owner, operator and developer of enterprise-class, carrier-neutral, multi-tenant data center properties. The Company’s data centers are generally purpose-built facilities with redundant power and cooling. The CyrusOne National IX Platform (the National IX Platform) delivers interconnection across states and between metro-enabled sites within its footprint and beyond. The Company has data centers in the United States, London and Singapore. As of December 31, 2016, the Company provided mission-critical data center facilities for 932 customers in 35 data centers and two recovery centers in 11 distinct markets (nine cities in the United States, London and Singapore) with approximately 3,904,000 net rentable square feet (NRSF). The Company provides round the clock security guard monitoring with customizable security features. As of December 31, 2016, the Company had approximately 1,657,000 NRSF under development.

About CorEnergy Infrastructure Trust

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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