Aurizon (QRNNF) versus Kansas City Southern (KSU) Head to Head Comparison

Aurizon (OTCMKTS:QRNNF) and Kansas City Southern (NYSE:KSU) are both industrials companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, valuation, risk, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, earnings and dividends.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

87.7% of Kansas City Southern shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.7% of Kansas City Southern shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Dividends

Kansas City Southern pays an annual dividend of $1.44 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.3%. Aurizon does not pay a dividend. Kansas City Southern pays out 24.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Kansas City Southern has increased its dividend for 5 consecutive years.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and target prices for Aurizon and Kansas City Southern, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Aurizon 0 1 0 0 2.00
Kansas City Southern 0 2 10 1 2.92

Kansas City Southern has a consensus price target of $123.92, suggesting a potential upside of 8.23%. Given Kansas City Southern’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Kansas City Southern is more favorable than Aurizon.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Aurizon and Kansas City Southern’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Aurizon N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Kansas City Southern $2.71 billion 4.26 $627.40 million $5.97 19.18

Kansas City Southern has higher revenue and earnings than Aurizon.

Profitability

This table compares Aurizon and Kansas City Southern’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Aurizon N/A N/A N/A
Kansas City Southern 23.12% 12.11% 6.54%

Summary

Kansas City Southern beats Aurizon on 12 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

Aurizon Company Profile

Aurizon Holdings Limited, through its subsidiaries, operates an integrated heavy haul freight railway operator in Australia. It operates through Network, Coal, Bulk, and Other segments. The company transports various commodities, including mining, agricultural, industrial, and retail products; and retail goods and groceries across small and big towns, and cities, as well as coal and iron ore. It also operates and manages the Central Queensland Coal Network that consists of 2,670 kilometers of track network; and provides various specialist services, such as rail design, engineering, construction, management, and maintenance, as well as supply chain solutions. In addition, the company transports bulk freight for miners, primary producers, and the manufacturing industry. Further, it is involved in the general and containerized freight businesses, as well as provision of rail-based intermodal services. The company was formerly known as QR National Limited and changed its name to Aurizon Holdings Limited in December 2012. Aurizon Holdings Limited is headquartered in Fortitude Valley, Australia.

Kansas City Southern Company Profile

Kansas City Southern, a transportation holding company, provides domestic and international rail transportation services in North America. The company serves a ten-state region in the midwest and southeast regions of the United States and has the shortest north/south rail route between Kansas City, Missouri, and ports along the Gulf of Mexico in Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas. It operates a commercial corridor of the Mexican railroad system and has its direct rail passageway between Mexico City and Laredo, Texas. The company provides rail access to the United States and Mexico border crossing at Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas; and controls and operates the southern half of the rail bridge at Laredo, Texas, as well as the northern half of this bridge. Kansas City Southern also provides rail access to the port of Lazaro Cardenas on the Pacific Ocean; and owns a 157-mile rail line extending from Laredo, Texas to the port city of Corpus Christi, Texas. Its rail network comprises approximately 6,700 route miles. The company serves the chemical and petroleum, industrial and consumer products, agriculture and minerals, energy, intermodal, and automotive markets. Kansas City Southern was founded in 1887 and is headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri.

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