Hersha Hospitality Trust (NYSE: HT) is one of 25 public companies in the “Hospitality REITs” industry, but how does it contrast to its competitors? We will compare Hersha Hospitality Trust to similar companies based on the strength of its profitability, earnings, dividends, risk, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership and valuation.
This table compares Hersha Hospitality Trust and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
|Hersha Hospitality Trust||21.06%||13.52%||5.72%|
|Hersha Hospitality Trust Competitors||9.22%||4.33%||2.90%|
This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for Hersha Hospitality Trust and its competitors, as provided by MarketBeat.com.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
|Hersha Hospitality Trust||1||5||5||0||2.36|
|Hersha Hospitality Trust Competitors||126||816||895||21||2.44|
Hersha Hospitality Trust presently has a consensus target price of $19.60, suggesting a potential upside of 11.81%. As a group, “Hospitality REITs” companies have a potential upside of 6.76%. Given Hersha Hospitality Trust’s higher possible upside, equities research analysts clearly believe Hersha Hospitality Trust is more favorable than its competitors.
Earnings & Valuation
This table compares Hersha Hospitality Trust and its competitors gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||NetIncome||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|Hersha Hospitality Trust||$466.63 million||$116.98 million||8.15|
|Hersha Hospitality Trust Competitors||$1.19 billion||$144.77 million||128.07|
Hersha Hospitality Trust’s competitors have higher revenue and earnings than Hersha Hospitality Trust. Hersha Hospitality Trust is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.
Risk & Volatility
Hersha Hospitality Trust has a beta of 1.35, meaning that its share price is 35% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Hersha Hospitality Trust’s competitors have a beta of 0.99, meaning that their average share price is 1% less volatile than the S&P 500.
Hersha Hospitality Trust pays an annual dividend of $1.12 per share and has a dividend yield of 6.4%. Hersha Hospitality Trust pays out 52.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Hospitality REITs” companies pay a dividend yield of 5.2% and pay out 153.4% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. Hersha Hospitality Trust has raised its dividend for 3 consecutive years. Hersha Hospitality Trust is clearly a better dividend stock than its competitors, given its higher yield and lower payout ratio.
Insider and Institutional Ownership
98.4% of Hersha Hospitality Trust shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 77.3% of shares of all “Hospitality REITs” companies are owned by institutional investors. 8.1% of Hersha Hospitality Trust shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 5.5% of shares of all “Hospitality REITs” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.
Hersha Hospitality Trust beats its competitors on 9 of the 15 factors compared.
Hersha Hospitality Trust Company Profile
Hersha Hospitality Trust is a self-advised real estate investment trust (REIT). The Company invests primarily in institutional grade hotels in urban gateway markets, including New York, Washington, District of Columbia, Boston, Philadelphia, South Florida and select markets on the West Coast. As of July 20, 2017, the Company’s hotels included 51 hotels totaling 7,804 rooms located in New York, Washington, DC, Boston, Philadelphia, South Florida and select markets on the West Coast. The Company’s property brands include Marriott International, Hilton Hotels, Hyatt Hotels, Intercontinental Hotel Group, Wyndham Hotels and Hersha’s Independent Hotel Collection.
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