Contrasting AmeriCold Realty Trust (COLD) & Cousins Properties (CUZ)

Cousins Properties (NYSE:CUZ) and AmeriCold Realty Trust (NYSE:COLD) are both mid-cap finance companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, earnings, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, dividends, risk and profitability.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Cousins Properties and AmeriCold Realty Trust’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Cousins Properties $475.21 million 8.25 $79.16 million $0.63 14.81
AmeriCold Realty Trust $1.54 billion 2.74 -$600,000.00 N/A N/A

Cousins Properties has higher earnings, but lower revenue than AmeriCold Realty Trust.

Dividends

Cousins Properties pays an annual dividend of $0.26 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.8%. AmeriCold Realty Trust pays an annual dividend of $0.75 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.6%. Cousins Properties pays out 41.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Cousins Properties has increased its dividend for 5 consecutive years. Cousins Properties is clearly the better dividend stock, given its higher yield and longer track record of dividend growth.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

76.7% of AmeriCold Realty Trust shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.9% of Cousins Properties shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares Cousins Properties and AmeriCold Realty Trust’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Cousins Properties 16.76% 2.81% 1.91%
AmeriCold Realty Trust 3.35% 11.66% 2.14%

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and price targets for Cousins Properties and AmeriCold Realty Trust, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Cousins Properties 0 1 2 0 2.67
AmeriCold Realty Trust 0 1 5 0 2.83

Cousins Properties currently has a consensus target price of $9.92, suggesting a potential upside of 6.29%. AmeriCold Realty Trust has a consensus target price of $27.58, suggesting a potential downside of 3.66%. Given Cousins Properties’ higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Cousins Properties is more favorable than AmeriCold Realty Trust.

About Cousins Properties

Cousins Properties is a fully integrated, self-administered and self-managed real estate investment trust (REIT). The Company, based in Atlanta, GA and acting through its operating partnership, Cousins Properties LP, primarily invests in Class A office towers located in high-growth Sun Belt markets. Founded in 1958, Cousins creates shareholder value through its extensive expertise in the development, acquisition, leasing and management of high-quality real estate assets. The Company has a comprehensive strategy in place based on a simple platform, trophy assets and opportunistic investments.

About AmeriCold Realty Trust

Americold is the world's largest owner and operator of temperature-controlled warehouses. Based in Atlanta, Georgia, Americold owns and operates 156 temperature-controlled warehouses, with approximately 924 million refrigerated cubic feet of storage, in the United States, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and Argentina. Americold's facilities are an integral component of the supply chain connecting food producers, processors, distributors and retailers to consumers. Americold serves approximately 2,400 customers and employs approximately 11,000 associates worldwide.

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