Anworth Mortgage Asset Corporation (NYSE: ANH) and CorEnergy Infrastructure Trust (NYSE:CORR) are both small-cap finance companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, dividends, analyst recommendations, risk, earnings, profitabiliy and institutional ownership.

Dividends

Anworth Mortgage Asset Corporation pays an annual dividend of $0.60 per share and has a dividend yield of 10.1%. CorEnergy Infrastructure Trust pays an annual dividend of $3.00 per share and has a dividend yield of 8.4%. Anworth Mortgage Asset Corporation pays out 95.2% 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 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. Anworth Mortgage Asset Corporation has raised its dividend for 2 consecutive years. Anworth Mortgage Asset Corporation is clearly the better dividend stock, given its higher yield and longer track record of dividend growth.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

59.6% of Anworth Mortgage Asset Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 70.0% of CorEnergy Infrastructure Trust shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.9% of Anworth Mortgage Asset Corporation 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 company is poised for long-term growth.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Anworth Mortgage Asset Corporation and CorEnergy Infrastructure Trust’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Anworth Mortgage Asset Corporation $72.06 million 7.86 $60.25 million $0.63 9.40
CorEnergy Infrastructure Trust $88.83 million 4.76 $75.33 million $2.41 14.75

CorEnergy Infrastructure Trust has higher revenue and earnings than Anworth Mortgage Asset Corporation. Anworth Mortgage Asset Corporation 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.

Risk & Volatility

Anworth Mortgage Asset Corporation has a beta of 0.27, indicating that its share price is 73% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, CorEnergy Infrastructure Trust has a beta of 2.06, indicating that its share price is 106% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings for Anworth Mortgage Asset Corporation and CorEnergy Infrastructure Trust, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Anworth Mortgage Asset Corporation 0 1 0 0 2.00
CorEnergy Infrastructure Trust 1 2 1 0 2.00

Anworth Mortgage Asset Corporation currently has a consensus price target of $6.00, suggesting a potential upside of 1.35%. CorEnergy Infrastructure Trust has a consensus price target of $35.50, suggesting a potential downside of 0.14%. Given Anworth Mortgage Asset Corporation’s higher possible upside, equities research analysts plainly believe Anworth Mortgage Asset Corporation is more favorable than CorEnergy Infrastructure Trust.

Profitability

This table compares Anworth Mortgage Asset Corporation and CorEnergy Infrastructure Trust’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Anworth Mortgage Asset Corporation 44.13% 8.86% 0.96%
CorEnergy Infrastructure Trust 38.26% 9.04% 5.17%

Anworth Mortgage Asset Corporation Company Profile

Anworth Mortgage Asset Corporation is a real estate investment trust (REIT). The Company’s investment objective is to provide risk-adjusted total returns to its stockholders over the long-term primarily through dividends and secondarily through capital appreciation. Its strategy is to invest in residential mortgage-backed securities (MBS) (both Agency MBS and Non-Agency MBS), residential mortgage loans and residential rental properties. Its principal business objective is to generate net income for distribution to its stockholders primarily based upon the spread between the interest income on its mortgage assets and its borrowing costs to finance its acquisition of those assets. The Company finances residential mortgage loans through asset-backed securities, which are issued by the consolidated securitization trusts. The Company is engaged in investing in, financing and managing a portfolio of residential mortgage-backed securities and residential mortgage loans.

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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