Brookfield Infrastructure Partners (NYSE: BIP) and Pointer Telocation (NASDAQ:PNTR) are both utilities companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, risk, analyst recommendations, profitability, dividends, valuation and earnings.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Brookfield Infrastructure Partners and Pointer Telocation’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Brookfield Infrastructure Partners $2.79 billion 3.96 $1.21 billion $0.47 90.45
Pointer Telocation $68.56 million 1.26 $11.12 million $0.43 25.47

Brookfield Infrastructure Partners has higher revenue and earnings than Pointer Telocation. Pointer Telocation is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Brookfield Infrastructure Partners, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Dividends

Brookfield Infrastructure Partners pays an annual dividend of $1.74 per share and has a dividend yield of 4.1%. Pointer Telocation does not pay a dividend. Brookfield Infrastructure Partners pays out 370.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. Brookfield Infrastructure Partners has raised its dividend for 7 consecutive years.

Profitability

This table compares Brookfield Infrastructure Partners and Pointer Telocation’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Brookfield Infrastructure Partners 9.36% 2.70% 1.12%
Pointer Telocation 5.34% 15.39% 8.88%

Insider and Institutional Ownership

34.1% of Brookfield Infrastructure Partners shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 7.2% of Pointer Telocation shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.0% of Pointer Telocation shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current recommendations for Brookfield Infrastructure Partners and Pointer Telocation, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Brookfield Infrastructure Partners 0 1 8 0 2.89
Pointer Telocation 0 0 2 0 3.00

Brookfield Infrastructure Partners presently has a consensus price target of $45.81, indicating a potential upside of 7.77%. Pointer Telocation has a consensus price target of $15.50, indicating a potential upside of 41.55%. Given Pointer Telocation’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Pointer Telocation is more favorable than Brookfield Infrastructure Partners.

Risk and Volatility

Brookfield Infrastructure Partners has a beta of 1.11, meaning that its share price is 11% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Pointer Telocation has a beta of 0.65, meaning that its share price is 35% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Brookfield Infrastructure Partners beats Pointer Telocation on 11 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Brookfield Infrastructure Partners

Brookfield Infrastructure Partners L.P. owns and operates utilities, transport, energy and communications infrastructure businesses in North and South America, Europe and Asia Pacific. The Company’s segments include utilities, transport, energy, communications infrastructure and other. The utilities segment consists of regulated businesses, including regulated distribution (electricity and natural gas connections), electricity transmission and a regulated terminal (coal export terminal). The transport segment consists of open access systems that provide transportation, storage and handling services for freight, bulk commodities and passengers. The Company’s energy segment consists of systems that provide transportation, storage and distribution services. The Company’s communications infrastructure segment provides services and infrastructure to the media broadcasting and telecommunication sectors.

About Pointer Telocation

Pointer Telocation Ltd. is a provider of mobile resource management (MRM) products and services for the automotive, insurance industries and other mobile tracking markets, such as cargo, assets, shipping and containers. The Company offers roadside assistance (RSA) services, automobile repair and towing services, stolen vehicle recovery (SVR) and other services. The Company operates through three segments: Cellocator, MRM and RSA. The Cellocator segment designs, develops and produces MRM products that include asset tracking, fleet management and security products. Through the MRM segment, the Company acts as an operator in Israel, Brazil, Argentina, Mexico and South Africa by bundling its products together with a range of MRM services, including fleet management, asset tracking services and SVR services. Through the RSA segment, the Company provides RSA services, emergency repair services for sale to automotive and insurance companies and car sharing services.

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