Corenergy Infrastructure Trust (NYSE:CORR) and National Retail Properties (NYSE:NNN) are both finance companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, earnings, dividends, analyst recommendations, valuation, risk and profitability.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Corenergy Infrastructure Trust and National Retail Properties’ top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Corenergy Infrastructure Trust $88.75 million 4.64 $32.60 million $3.81 9.05
National Retail Properties $584.93 million 13.61 $264.97 million $2.54 19.69

National Retail Properties has higher revenue and earnings than Corenergy Infrastructure Trust. Corenergy Infrastructure Trust is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than National Retail Properties, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Profitability

This table compares Corenergy Infrastructure Trust and National Retail Properties’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Corenergy Infrastructure Trust 33.78% 9.22% 4.78%
National Retail Properties 53.44% 9.91% 4.80%

Dividends

Corenergy Infrastructure Trust pays an annual dividend of $3.00 per share and has a dividend yield of 8.7%. National Retail Properties pays an annual dividend of $2.00 per share and has a dividend yield of 4.0%. Corenergy Infrastructure Trust pays out 78.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. National Retail Properties pays out 78.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. National Retail Properties has increased its dividend for 9 consecutive years.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current recommendations for Corenergy Infrastructure Trust and National Retail Properties, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Corenergy Infrastructure Trust 0 2 0 0 2.00
National Retail Properties 1 3 5 0 2.44

Corenergy Infrastructure Trust presently has a consensus price target of $21.36, suggesting a potential downside of 38.08%. National Retail Properties has a consensus price target of $47.80, suggesting a potential downside of 4.44%. Given National Retail Properties’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe National Retail Properties is more favorable than Corenergy Infrastructure Trust.

Risk & Volatility

Corenergy Infrastructure Trust has a beta of 1.63, indicating that its stock price is 63% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, National Retail Properties has a beta of 0.16, indicating that its stock price is 84% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

64.3% of Corenergy Infrastructure Trust shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 90.8% of National Retail Properties shares are held by institutional investors. 1.2% of Corenergy Infrastructure Trust shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 0.8% of National Retail Properties shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

National Retail Properties beats Corenergy Infrastructure Trust on 12 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

Corenergy Infrastructure Trust Company Profile

CorEnergy Infrastructure Trust, Inc. (NYSE: CORR, CORRPrA), is a real estate investment trust (REIT) that owns essential energy assets, such as pipelines, storage terminals, and transmission and distribution assets. We receive long-term contracted revenue from operators of our assets, primarily under triple-net participating leases.

National Retail Properties Company Profile

National Retail Properties invests primarily in high-quality retail properties subject generally to long term, net leases. As of September 30, 2018, the company owned 2,847 properties in 48 states with a gross leasable area of approximately 29.7 million square feet and with a weighted average remaining lease term of 11.4 years.

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