CorEnergy Infrastructure Trust (NYSE: CORR) and The GEO Group (NYSE:GEO) are both financials companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, profitability, dividends, institutional ownership, valuation, analyst recommendations and risk.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

62.1% of CorEnergy Infrastructure Trust shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 95.8% of The GEO Group shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.0% of CorEnergy Infrastructure Trust shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 2.4% of The GEO Group shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for CorEnergy Infrastructure Trust and The GEO Group, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
CorEnergy Infrastructure Trust 1 2 0 0 1.67
The GEO Group 0 1 2 0 2.67

CorEnergy Infrastructure Trust currently has a consensus target price of $35.33, suggesting a potential downside of 3.09%. The GEO Group has a consensus target price of $33.78, suggesting a potential upside of 41.32%. Given The GEO Group’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe The GEO Group is more favorable than CorEnergy Infrastructure Trust.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares CorEnergy Infrastructure Trust and The GEO Group’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
CorEnergy Infrastructure Trust $89.25 million 4.87 $29.66 million $2.30 15.85
The GEO Group $2.18 billion 1.36 $148.71 million $1.35 17.70

The GEO Group has higher revenue and earnings than CorEnergy Infrastructure Trust. CorEnergy Infrastructure Trust is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than The GEO Group, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Dividends

CorEnergy Infrastructure Trust pays an annual dividend of $3.00 per share and has a dividend yield of 8.2%. The GEO Group pays an annual dividend of $1.88 per share and has a dividend yield of 7.9%. CorEnergy Infrastructure Trust pays out 130.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. The GEO Group pays out 139.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. The GEO Group has raised its dividend for 4 consecutive years. CorEnergy Infrastructure Trust is clearly the better dividend stock, given its higher yield and lower payout ratio.

Profitability

This table compares CorEnergy Infrastructure Trust and The GEO Group’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
CorEnergy Infrastructure Trust 38.06% 9.08% 5.18%
The GEO Group 7.05% 14.85% 4.17%

Risk and Volatility

CorEnergy Infrastructure Trust has a beta of 2.13, indicating that its stock price is 113% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, The GEO Group has a beta of 1.52, indicating that its stock price is 52% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

The GEO Group beats CorEnergy Infrastructure Trust on 10 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.

About CorEnergy Infrastructure Trust

CorEnergy Infrastructure Trust, Inc. (CorEnergy) is focused on acquiring and financing midstream and downstream real estate assets within the United States energy infrastructure sector and concurrently entering into long-term triple-net participating leases with energy companies. The Company also provides other types of capital, including loans secured by energy infrastructure assets. The Company owns assets, such as pipelines, storage terminals, and transmission and distribution assets. It assets include Grand Isle Gathering System, Pinedale Liquids Gathering System (Pinedale LGS), Portland Terminal Facility, MoGas Pipeline System and Omega Pipeline.

About The GEO Group

The GEO Group, Inc. is a real estate investment trust (REIT) specializing in the ownership, leasing and management of correctional, detention and re-entry facilities and the provision of community-based services and youth services in the United States, Australia, South Africa, the United Kingdom and Canada. As of December 31, 2013, its worldwide operations included the management and/or ownership of approximately 77,000 beds at 98 correctional, detention and community based facilities, including idle faclities and projects under development, and also included the provision of monitoring of more than 70,000 offenders in a community-based environment on behalf of approximately 900 federal, state and local correctional agencies located in all 50 states. The Company operates in four segments: United States Corrections and Detention segment, segment; International Services segment and Facility Construction and Design segment.

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