Head to Head Review: Four Corners Property Trust (NYSE:FCPT) and CROWN CASTLE IN/SH SH (NYSE:CCI)

Four Corners Property Trust (NYSE:FCPT) and CROWN CASTLE IN/SH SH (NYSE:CCI) are both finance companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, earnings, profitability, dividends, analyst recommendations, valuation and institutional ownership.

Dividends

Four Corners Property Trust pays an annual dividend of $1.15 per share and has a dividend yield of 4.1%. CROWN CASTLE IN/SH SH pays an annual dividend of $4.50 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.3%. Four Corners Property Trust pays out 81.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. CROWN CASTLE IN/SH SH pays out 82.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. Four Corners Property Trust is clearly the better dividend stock, given its higher yield and lower payout ratio.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

91.4% of Four Corners Property Trust shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 91.5% of CROWN CASTLE IN/SH SH shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.7% of Four Corners Property Trust shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 0.4% of CROWN CASTLE IN/SH SH shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Four Corners Property Trust and CROWN CASTLE IN/SH SH’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Four Corners Property Trust $143.63 million 13.34 $82.39 million $1.41 19.72
CROWN CASTLE IN/SH SH $5.42 billion 10.33 $671.00 million $5.48 24.58

CROWN CASTLE IN/SH SH has higher revenue and earnings than Four Corners Property Trust. Four Corners Property Trust is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than CROWN CASTLE IN/SH SH, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and price targets for Four Corners Property Trust and CROWN CASTLE IN/SH SH, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Four Corners Property Trust 0 1 3 0 2.75
CROWN CASTLE IN/SH SH 1 7 6 0 2.36

Four Corners Property Trust presently has a consensus price target of $31.75, indicating a potential upside of 14.21%. CROWN CASTLE IN/SH SH has a consensus price target of $135.58, indicating a potential upside of 0.67%. Given Four Corners Property Trust’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, research analysts clearly believe Four Corners Property Trust is more favorable than CROWN CASTLE IN/SH SH.

Risk & Volatility

Four Corners Property Trust has a beta of 0.15, indicating that its share price is 85% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, CROWN CASTLE IN/SH SH has a beta of 0.28, indicating that its share price is 72% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Four Corners Property Trust and CROWN CASTLE IN/SH SH’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Four Corners Property Trust 47.59% 10.90% 5.56%
CROWN CASTLE IN/SH SH 16.12% 8.07% 2.56%

Summary

Four Corners Property Trust beats CROWN CASTLE IN/SH SH on 9 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Four Corners Property Trust

FCPT is a real estate investment trust primarily engaged in the acquisition and leasing of restaurant properties. The Company seeks to grow its portfolio primarily by acquiring additional real estate to lease, on a net basis, for use in the restaurant and food industry.

About CROWN CASTLE IN/SH SH

Crown Castle owns, operates and leases more than 40,000 cell towers and approximately 70,000 route miles of fiber supporting small cells and fiber solutions across every major U.S. market. This nationwide portfolio of communications infrastructure connects cities and communities to essential data, technology and wireless service – bringing information, ideas and innovations to the people and businesses that need them.

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