CyrusOne (NASDAQ: CONE) and Gladstone Land Corporation (NASDAQ:LAND) are both finance companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, earnings, institutional ownership, profitability, dividends, risk and analyst recommendations.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

96.7% of CyrusOne shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 24.7% of Gladstone Land Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.6% of CyrusOne shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 21.9% of Gladstone Land Corporation shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares CyrusOne and Gladstone Land Corporation’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
CyrusOne N/A N/A N/A ($0.31) -203.32
Gladstone Land Corporation $21.14 million 7.91 $15.48 million $0.05 278.46

Gladstone Land Corporation has higher revenue and earnings than CyrusOne. CyrusOne is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Gladstone Land Corporation, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Profitability

This table compares CyrusOne and Gladstone Land Corporation’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
CyrusOne -4.35% 1.30% 0.52%
Gladstone Land Corporation 2.58% 0.57% 0.15%

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for CyrusOne and Gladstone Land Corporation, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
CyrusOne 1 1 10 0 2.75
Gladstone Land Corporation 0 0 2 0 3.00

CyrusOne presently has a consensus price target of $61.00, indicating a potential downside of 3.22%. Gladstone Land Corporation has a consensus price target of $14.25, indicating a potential upside of 2.37%. Given Gladstone Land Corporation’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Gladstone Land Corporation is more favorable than CyrusOne.

Risk and Volatility

CyrusOne has a beta of 0.83, suggesting that its stock price is 17% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Gladstone Land Corporation has a beta of 1.03, suggesting that its stock price is 3% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

CyrusOne pays an annual dividend of $1.68 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.7%. Gladstone Land Corporation pays an annual dividend of $0.53 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.8%. CyrusOne pays out -541.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Gladstone Land Corporation pays out 1,060.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future.

Summary

Gladstone Land Corporation beats CyrusOne on 9 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

CyrusOne Company Profile

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.

Gladstone Land Corporation Company Profile

Gladstone Land Corporation is an agricultural real estate investment trust (REIT). The Company is engaged in the business of owning and leasing farmland. The Company also owns various farm-related facilities, such as cooling facilities, buildings utilized for the storage and assembly of boxes for shipping produce (box barns), packinghouses, processing facilities and various storage facilities. The Company is engaged in leasing its farms and farm-related facilities to independent or corporate farming operations. As of July 17, 2017, the Company owned 69 farms, including 58,777 total acres across seven states in the United States (Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Michigan, Nebraska and Oregon). As of December 31, 2016, the Company’s farms and facilities were leased to 40 different, unrelated tenants that are either independent or corporate farming operations. The Company focuses to own primarily single-tenant, agricultural real property.

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