Comparing Macquarie Infrastructure (MIC) & BEST (BSTI)

Macquarie Infrastructure (NYSE: MIC) and BEST (NYSE:BSTI) are both mid-cap multi-sector conglomerates companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, profitability, earnings, institutional ownership, risk, analyst recommendations and valuation.

Profitability

This table compares Macquarie Infrastructure and BEST’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Macquarie Infrastructure 9.82% 5.66% 2.28%
BEST N/A N/A N/A

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Macquarie Infrastructure and BEST’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Macquarie Infrastructure $1.65 billion 3.35 $156.38 million $2.13 30.75
BEST $1.30 billion 3.11 -$201.12 million N/A N/A

Macquarie Infrastructure has higher revenue and earnings than BEST.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

72.9% of Macquarie Infrastructure shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 4.0% of BEST shares are held by institutional investors. 5.9% of Macquarie Infrastructure shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Dividends

Macquarie Infrastructure pays an annual dividend of $5.68 per share and has a dividend yield of 8.7%. BEST does not pay a dividend. Macquarie Infrastructure pays out 266.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. BEST has increased its dividend for 5 consecutive years.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for Macquarie Infrastructure and BEST, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Macquarie Infrastructure 0 1 2 0 2.67
BEST 0 0 6 0 3.00

Macquarie Infrastructure presently has a consensus price target of $83.67, suggesting a potential upside of 27.74%. BEST has a consensus price target of $16.20, suggesting a potential upside of 47.54%. Given BEST’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe BEST is more favorable than Macquarie Infrastructure.

Summary

Macquarie Infrastructure beats BEST on 9 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

Macquarie Infrastructure Company Profile

Macquarie Infrastructure Corporation owns and operates a group of businesses that provide services, such as bulk liquid terminalling and handling services. The Company operates through four segments: International-Matex Tank Terminals (IMTT), Atlantic Aviation, Contracted Power (CP) and MIC Hawaii. Its group of businesses also provides services, such as aircraft fueling, CP generation and utility gas services. Its group of businesses provides services to businesses, government agencies and individuals in the United States. IMTT segment provides bulk liquid terminal services in the United States. As of December 31, 2016, Atlantic Aviation operated Fixed based operations (FBOs) at 69 airports in the United States. The businesses in its CP segment sell electricity to off-takers, pursuant to multi-year contracts. MIC Hawaii segment consists of Hawaii Gas and several smaller businesses. Hawaii Gas consists of a gas utility and a liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) distribution business.

BEST Company Profile

BEST Inc. is engaged in providing supply chain solutions. The Company offers a cloud based platform, BEST Cloud which is integration of online and offline retail to offer delivery. It provides technology-enabled solutions to its users. The Company’s service offerings include BEST supply chain management, BEST express, BEST freight, BEST store+, BEST global, BEST cargo and BEST Ucargo. BEST supply chain management offers its solutions in a range of categories, including: cloud OFCs, which offer warehouse management, in-warehouse processing and order fulfillment services to customers; transportation services, which provides transportation services and coordinate shipments to and from locations. It offer transportation services from factories to consumers includes full truckload (FTL), less-than-truckload (LTL), regional distribution, intra-city distribution and other transportation services. BEST store+ offers a door-to-door integrated cross-border supply chain services.

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