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

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for CyrusOne and CorEnergy Infrastructure Trust, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
CyrusOne 1 1 12 0 2.79
CorEnergy Infrastructure Trust 1 2 1 0 2.00

CyrusOne presently has a consensus price target of $58.79, suggesting a potential upside of 2.90%. CorEnergy Infrastructure Trust has a consensus price target of $35.50, suggesting a potential upside of 0.88%. Given CyrusOne’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities analysts plainly believe CyrusOne is more favorable than CorEnergy Infrastructure Trust.

Dividends

CyrusOne pays an annual dividend of $1.68 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.9%. CorEnergy Infrastructure Trust pays an annual dividend of $3.00 per share and has a dividend yield of 8.5%. CyrusOne pays out -884.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. 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.

Earnings & Valuation

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

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
CyrusOne N/A N/A N/A ($0.19) -300.67
CorEnergy Infrastructure Trust $89.07 million 4.70 $70.47 million $2.49 14.13

CorEnergy Infrastructure Trust has higher revenue and earnings than CyrusOne. 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 -2.87% 2.27% 0.92%
CorEnergy Infrastructure Trust 38.11% 8.98% 5.19%

Volatility and Risk

CyrusOne has a beta of 0.82, indicating that its stock price is 18% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, CorEnergy Infrastructure Trust has a beta of 2.05, indicating that its stock price is 105% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

98.8% of CyrusOne shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 70.3% of CorEnergy Infrastructure Trust shares are held by institutional investors. 1.6% of CyrusOne shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 1.0% of CorEnergy Infrastructure Trust shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

CorEnergy Infrastructure Trust beats CyrusOne on 7 of the 13 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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