Head-To-Head Analysis: STORE Capital (NYSE:STOR) and Cole Real Estate Investments (COLE)

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STORE Capital (NYSE: STOR) and Cole Real Estate Investments (NYSE:COLE) are both finance companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, dividends, risk, valuation, earnings, profitability and institutional ownership.

Dividends

STORE Capital pays an annual dividend of $1.24 per share and has a dividend yield of 4.9%. Cole Real Estate Investments does not pay a dividend. STORE Capital pays out 72.5% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. STORE Capital has raised its dividend for 2 consecutive years.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

94.2% of STORE Capital shares are held by institutional investors. 0.9% of STORE Capital shares are held 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.

Profitability

This table compares STORE Capital and Cole Real Estate Investments’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
STORE Capital 36.27% 5.35% 2.87%
Cole Real Estate Investments N/A N/A N/A

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings for STORE Capital and Cole Real Estate Investments, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
STORE Capital 0 5 8 0 2.62
Cole Real Estate Investments 0 0 0 0 N/A

STORE Capital presently has a consensus target price of $26.80, indicating a potential upside of 6.05%.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares STORE Capital and Cole Real Estate Investments’ top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
STORE Capital $452.85 million 10.84 $162.03 million $1.71 14.78
Cole Real Estate Investments N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

STORE Capital has higher revenue and earnings than Cole Real Estate Investments.

Summary

STORE Capital beats Cole Real Estate Investments on 9 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

STORE Capital Company Profile

STORE Capital Corporation is an internally managed net-lease real estate investment trust, or REIT, that is the leader in the acquisition, investment and management of Single Tenant Operational Real Estate, which is its target market and the inspiration for its name. STORE Capital is one of the largest and fastest growing net-lease REITs and owns a large, well-diversified portfolio that consists of investments in 1,921 property locations, substantially all of which are profit centers, in 48 states. Additional information about STORE Capital can be found on its website at www.storecapital.com.

Cole Real Estate Investments Company Profile

Cole Real Estate Investments, Inc. is a real estate investment trust (REIT). The Company operates in two segments: Real Estate Investment (REI) and Private Capital Management (PCM). The Company’s REI segment is conducted through Cole REIT III Operating Partnership, LP (CCPT III OP). The Company’s PCM segment is conducted through Cole Capital Advisors, Inc. (CCA). Through its REI segment, the Company acquires and operates a diverse portfolio of core commercial real estate investments primarily consisting of necessity retail properties located throughout the United States, including United States protectorates. The Company’s PCM segment is responsible for managing the Managed REITs’ affairs on a day-to-day basis, identifying and making acquisitions and investments on the Managed REITs’ behalf. In February 2014, American Realty Capital Properties Inc purchased Cole Real Estate Investments, Inc.

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