Ashford Hospitality Trust (NYSE: AHT) is one of 28 public companies in the “Hospitality REITs” industry, but how does it contrast to its competitors? We will compare Ashford Hospitality Trust to similar companies based on the strength of its valuation, risk, institutional ownership, dividends, earnings, profitability and analyst recommendations.

Dividends

Ashford Hospitality Trust pays an annual dividend of $0.48 per share and has a dividend yield of 7.4%. Ashford Hospitality Trust pays out -35.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Hospitality REITs” companies pay a dividend yield of 5.5% and pay out 135.4% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. Ashford Hospitality Trust is clearly a better dividend stock than its competitors, given its higher yield and lower payout ratio.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

70.3% of Ashford Hospitality Trust shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 76.7% of shares of all “Hospitality REITs” companies are held by institutional investors. 18.2% of Ashford Hospitality Trust shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 5.8% of shares of all “Hospitality REITs” companies 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.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Ashford Hospitality Trust and its competitors gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Ashford Hospitality Trust $1.45 billion $394.52 million -4.84
Ashford Hospitality Trust Competitors $1.09 billion $355.70 million -15.69

Ashford Hospitality Trust has higher revenue and earnings than its competitors. Ashford Hospitality Trust is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Volatility and Risk

Ashford Hospitality Trust has a beta of 1.47, suggesting that its stock price is 47% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Ashford Hospitality Trust’s competitors have a beta of 1.00, suggesting that their average stock price is 0% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings for Ashford Hospitality Trust and its competitors, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Ashford Hospitality Trust 0 3 3 0 2.50
Ashford Hospitality Trust Competitors 233 927 896 19 2.34

Ashford Hospitality Trust currently has a consensus price target of $7.46, indicating a potential upside of 15.10%. As a group, “Hospitality REITs” companies have a potential upside of 5.98%. Given Ashford Hospitality Trust’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities research analysts plainly believe Ashford Hospitality Trust is more favorable than its competitors.

Profitability

This table compares Ashford Hospitality Trust and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Ashford Hospitality Trust -5.43% -10.41% -1.64%
Ashford Hospitality Trust Competitors 10.37% 3.51% 3.07%

Summary

Ashford Hospitality Trust beats its competitors on 10 of the 15 factors compared.

About Ashford Hospitality Trust

Ashford Hospitality Trust, Inc. is an externally-advised real estate investment trust (REIT). The Company is focused on investing in the hospitality industry with a focus on full-service upscale and upper-upscale hotels in the United States. The Company owns its lodging investments and conducts its business through Ashford Hospitality Limited Partnership (Ashford Trust OP), its operating partnership. The Company’s portfolio consists of 121 properties with over 25000 rooms; 86 hotel condominium units at WorldQuest Resort in Orlando, Florida; a 96.6% ownership in Ashford Quantitative Alternatives (U.S.), LP (the AQUA U.S. Fund); a 29.7% ownership in Ashford Inc., and a 13.3% ownership in OpenKey.

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