Critical Comparison: Uniti Group (NASDAQ:UNIT) & Safestore (NASDAQ:SFSHF)

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Uniti Group (NASDAQ:UNIT) and Safestore (OTCMKTS:SFSHF) are both small-cap finance companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, dividends, risk, earnings, analyst recommendations, valuation and profitability.

Profitability

This table compares Uniti Group and Safestore’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Uniti Group 3.06% -2.17% 0.68%
Safestore N/A N/A N/A

Institutional & Insider Ownership

81.6% of Uniti Group shares are held by institutional investors. 0.4% of Uniti Group shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Uniti Group and Safestore’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Uniti Group $1.02 billion 1.28 $16.19 million $2.51 2.69
Safestore N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

Uniti Group has higher revenue and earnings than Safestore.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations for Uniti Group and Safestore, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Uniti Group 4 4 0 0 1.50
Safestore 0 0 0 0 N/A

Uniti Group currently has a consensus target price of $12.83, indicating a potential upside of 90.12%. Given Uniti Group’s higher possible upside, equities analysts clearly believe Uniti Group is more favorable than Safestore.

Dividends

Uniti Group pays an annual dividend of $0.20 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.0%. Safestore does not pay a dividend. Uniti Group pays out 8.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Volatility & Risk

Uniti Group has a beta of 1.03, meaning that its share price is 3% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Safestore has a beta of 0.19, meaning that its share price is 81% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Uniti Group beats Safestore on 8 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Uniti Group

Uniti, an internally managed real estate investment trust, is engaged in the acquisition and construction of mission critical communications infrastructure, and is a leading provider of wireless infrastructure solutions for the communications industry. As of December 31, 2018, Uniti owns 5.5 million fiber strand miles, approximately 928 wireless towers, and other communications real estate throughout the United States and Latin America.

About Safestore

UK's largest self storage group with 146 stores Safestore has 119 self storage centres in the UK including two business centres and a further 27 stores in the Paris region. Safestore was founded in the UK in 1998. It acquired the French business “Une Pièce en Plus” in 2004 which was founded in 1998 by the current Safestore Group CEO Frederic Vecchioli.

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