Head to Head Comparison: Center Coast Brookfield MLP&Enrg Inf Fnd (NYSE:CEN) & StoneCastle Financial (BANX)

StoneCastle Financial (NASDAQ: BANX) and Center Coast Brookfield MLP&Enrg Inf Fnd (NYSE:CEN) are both small-cap finance companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, profitability, earnings, valuation, risk, dividends and analyst recommendations.

Risk & Volatility

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StoneCastle Financial has a beta of 0.22, indicating that its stock price is 78% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Center Coast Brookfield MLP&Enrg Inf Fnd has a beta of 1.34, indicating that its stock price is 34% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares StoneCastle Financial and Center Coast Brookfield MLP&Enrg Inf Fnd’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
StoneCastle Financial $17.37 million 8.19 $12.03 million $1.84 11.82
Center Coast Brookfield MLP&Enrg Inf Fnd N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

StoneCastle Financial has higher revenue and earnings than Center Coast Brookfield MLP&Enrg Inf Fnd.

Dividends

StoneCastle Financial pays an annual dividend of $1.52 per share and has a dividend yield of 7.0%. Center Coast Brookfield MLP&Enrg Inf Fnd does not pay a dividend. StoneCastle Financial pays out 82.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and recommmendations for StoneCastle Financial and Center Coast Brookfield MLP&Enrg Inf Fnd, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
StoneCastle Financial 0 0 4 0 3.00
Center Coast Brookfield MLP&Enrg Inf Fnd 0 0 0 0 N/A

StoneCastle Financial presently has a consensus target price of $23.00, indicating a potential upside of 5.75%. Given StoneCastle Financial’s higher possible upside, equities analysts plainly believe StoneCastle Financial is more favorable than Center Coast Brookfield MLP&Enrg Inf Fnd.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

30.9% of StoneCastle Financial shares are owned by institutional investors. 8.0% of StoneCastle Financial shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares StoneCastle Financial and Center Coast Brookfield MLP&Enrg Inf Fnd’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
StoneCastle Financial 69.24% N/A N/A
Center Coast Brookfield MLP&Enrg Inf Fnd N/A N/A N/A

Summary

StoneCastle Financial beats Center Coast Brookfield MLP&Enrg Inf Fnd on 7 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

About StoneCastle Financial

StoneCastle Financial Corp. is a non-diversified, closed-end management investment company. The Company’s primary investment objective is to provide stockholders with current income, and to a lesser extent capital appreciation. The Company generally invests in the senior debt, subordinated debt, preferred shares and common stock of community banks. The Company’s investment portfolio includes term loans, debt securities, trust preferred securities, preferred shares of credit securitization, preferred securities, convertible preferred stock, common stock, exchange traded fund, limited partnership interest and money market fund. The Company invests in bank issuers of various locations, such as California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kansas, Maine, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas and West Virginia.

About Center Coast Brookfield MLP&Enrg Inf Fnd

Center Coast Brookfield MLP & Energy Infrastructure Fund (the Fund), formerly Center Coast MLP & Infrastructure Fund, is a non-diversified, closed-end management investment company. The Fund’s investment objective is to provide a high level of total return with an emphasis on distributions to shareholders. The Fund seeks to achieve its investment objective by investing primarily in a portfolio of master limited partnerships (MLPs) and energy infrastructure companies. Under normal market conditions, the Fund will invest at least 80% of its Managed Assets in securities of MLPs and energy infrastructure companies. The Fund may invest up to 20% of its Managed Assets in unregistered or restricted securities, including securities issued by private companies. Its private investments may include investments in entities formed to own and operate particular energy infrastructure assets. The Fund’s advisor is Center Coast Capital Advisors, LP.

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