Analyzing Equinix (NASDAQ:EQIX) & National Storage Affiliates Trust (NASDAQ:NSA)

Equinix (NASDAQ:EQIX) and National Storage Affiliates Trust (NYSE:NSA) are both finance companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, institutional ownership, dividends, valuation, earnings, profitability and analyst recommendations.

Profitability

This table compares Equinix and National Storage Affiliates Trust’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Equinix 9.03% 5.94% 2.23%
National Storage Affiliates Trust -4.87% -1.45% -0.61%

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings for Equinix and National Storage Affiliates Trust, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Equinix 1 1 16 1 2.89
National Storage Affiliates Trust 0 2 3 0 2.60

Equinix presently has a consensus price target of $572.32, suggesting a potential upside of 1.30%. National Storage Affiliates Trust has a consensus price target of $33.40, suggesting a potential upside of 2.67%. Given National Storage Affiliates Trust’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe National Storage Affiliates Trust is more favorable than Equinix.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Equinix and National Storage Affiliates Trust’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Equinix $5.07 billion 9.01 $365.36 million $20.69 27.31
National Storage Affiliates Trust $330.90 million 5.83 $14.11 million $1.38 23.57

Equinix has higher revenue and earnings than National Storage Affiliates Trust. National Storage Affiliates Trust is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Equinix, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

98.6% of Equinix shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 94.9% of National Storage Affiliates Trust shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.5% of Equinix shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 14.5% of National Storage Affiliates Trust shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Dividends

Equinix pays an annual dividend of $9.84 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.7%. National Storage Affiliates Trust pays an annual dividend of $1.28 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.9%. Equinix pays out 47.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. National Storage Affiliates Trust pays out 92.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future.

Volatility and Risk

Equinix has a beta of 0.69, suggesting that its stock price is 31% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, National Storage Affiliates Trust has a beta of 0.32, suggesting that its stock price is 68% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Equinix beats National Storage Affiliates Trust on 14 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.

Equinix Company Profile

Equinix, Inc. (Nasdaq: EQIX) connects the world's leading businesses to their customers, employees and partners inside the most-interconnected data centers. In 52 markets across five continents, Equinix is where companies come together to realize new opportunities and accelerate their business, IT and cloud strategies.

National Storage Affiliates Trust Company Profile

National Storage Affiliates Trust is a Maryland real estate investment trust focused on the ownership, operation and acquisition of self storage properties located within the top 100 metropolitan statistical areas throughout the United States. The Company currently holds ownership interests in and operates 709 self storage properties located in 35 states and Puerto Rico with approximately 44.9 million rentable square feet. NSA is one of the largest owners and operators of self storage properties among public and private companies in the United States. NSA is included in the MSCI US REIT Index (RMS/RMZ), the Russell 2000 Index of Companies and the S&P SmallCap 600 Index.

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