Brixmor Property Group (NYSE: BRX) and CoreSite Realty Corporation (NYSE:COR) are both large-cap finance companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, earnings, dividends, valuation, institutional ownership, profitability and risk.

Risk & Volatility

Brixmor Property Group has a beta of 0.51, suggesting that its stock price is 49% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, CoreSite Realty Corporation has a beta of 0.43, suggesting that its stock price is 57% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Brixmor Property Group and CoreSite Realty Corporation’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Brixmor Property Group $1.28 billion 4.18 $275.62 million $1.06 16.51
CoreSite Realty Corporation $400.35 million 9.63 $58.70 million $1.84 61.20

Brixmor Property Group has higher revenue and earnings than CoreSite Realty Corporation. Brixmor Property Group is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than CoreSite Realty Corporation, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Profitability

This table compares Brixmor Property Group and CoreSite Realty Corporation’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Brixmor Property Group 25.14% 11.08% 3.48%
CoreSite Realty Corporation 15.21% 15.35% 4.82%

Dividends

Brixmor Property Group pays an annual dividend of $1.04 per share and has a dividend yield of 5.9%. CoreSite Realty Corporation pays an annual dividend of $3.60 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.2%. Brixmor Property Group pays out 98.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. CoreSite Realty Corporation pays out 195.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. CoreSite Realty Corporation has increased its dividend for 6 consecutive years. Brixmor Property Group is clearly the better dividend stock, given its higher yield and lower payout ratio.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

98.3% of CoreSite Realty Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.3% of Brixmor Property Group shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 1.5% of CoreSite Realty Corporation shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings for Brixmor Property Group and CoreSite Realty Corporation, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Brixmor Property Group 0 5 6 0 2.55
CoreSite Realty Corporation 0 6 5 0 2.45

Brixmor Property Group currently has a consensus price target of $23.39, indicating a potential upside of 33.65%. CoreSite Realty Corporation has a consensus price target of $105.56, indicating a potential downside of 6.26%. Given Brixmor Property Group’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities research analysts plainly believe Brixmor Property Group is more favorable than CoreSite Realty Corporation.

Summary

Brixmor Property Group beats CoreSite Realty Corporation on 9 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.

Brixmor Property Group Company Profile

Brixmor Property Group Inc. is an internally managed real estate investment trust. The Company conducts its operations primarily through Brixmor Operating Partnership LP and subsidiaries (collectively, the Operating Partnership). As of December 31, 2016, it owned interests in 512 shopping centers (the Portfolio) with approximately 86 million square feet of gross leasable area (GLA), including 511 shopping centers and one shopping center held through an unconsolidated joint venture. With an average shopping center size of 167,982 square feet as of December 31, 2016, the Company’s portfolio consisted predominantly of community and neighborhood shopping centers. As of December 31, 2016, the Company’s properties were located in various states of the United States, such as Texas, Florida, California, New York, Illinois, Georgia, New Jersey, Ohio, North Carolina, Michigan, Connecticut, Tennessee, Kentucky, Colorado, Arizona, Delaware, West Virginia, Vermont, Maine, Oklahoma and New Mexico.

CoreSite Realty Corporation Company Profile

CoreSite Realty Corporation (CoreSite) is an integrated, self-administered and self-managed real estate investment trust. The Company, through its controlling interest in CoreSite, L.P., is engaged in the business of ownership, acquisition, construction and operation of data centers across a range of markets in the United States, including the Northern Virginia, New York and San Francisco Bay areas, Chicago, Los Angeles, Boston, Miami and Denver. The enterprises, network operators, cloud providers and supporting service providers choose CoreSite to connect and protect their data, applications and computing workloads. Its offerings include the CoreSite Open Cloud Exchange and the Any2 Internet Exchange. As of December 31, 2016, it had offered cloud-enabled, network data center campuses with over 20,000 interconnections across its portfolio and direct access to carriers and Internet service providers, cloud and information technology service providers, and inter site connectivity.

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