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

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for CorEnergy Infrastructure Trust and CyrusOne, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

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

CorEnergy Infrastructure Trust presently has a consensus target price of $35.50, indicating a potential upside of 0.45%. CyrusOne has a consensus target price of $58.79, indicating a potential upside of 1.41%. Given CyrusOne’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe CyrusOne is more favorable than CorEnergy Infrastructure Trust.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

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

Earnings and Valuation

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

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
CorEnergy Infrastructure Trust $89.07 million 4.72 $70.47 million $2.49 14.19
CyrusOne N/A N/A N/A ($0.19) -305.09

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.

Dividends

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

Volatility and Risk

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

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
CorEnergy Infrastructure Trust 38.11% 8.98% 5.19%
CyrusOne -2.87% 2.27% 0.92%

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.

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.

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