Hersha Hospitality Trust (NYSE: HT) is one of 30 publicly-traded companies in the “Hospitality REITs” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its peers? We will compare Hersha Hospitality Trust to related companies based on the strength of its analyst recommendations, valuation, profitability, earnings, institutional ownership, dividends and risk.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings for Hersha Hospitality Trust and its peers, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Hersha Hospitality Trust 1 5 4 0 2.30
Hersha Hospitality Trust Competitors 121 807 887 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 6.39%. Given Hersha Hospitality Trust’s higher probable upside, research analysts clearly believe Hersha Hospitality Trust is more favorable than its peers.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Hersha Hospitality Trust and its peers 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 48.31

Hersha Hospitality Trust’s peers have higher revenue and earnings than Hersha Hospitality Trust. Hersha Hospitality Trust is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Profitability

This table compares Hersha Hospitality Trust and its peers’ 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 8.06% 3.01% 2.39%

Volatility & Risk

Hersha Hospitality Trust has a beta of 1.35, suggesting that its stock price is 35% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Hersha Hospitality Trust’s peers have a beta of 1.03, suggesting that their average stock price is 3% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

98.5% of Hersha Hospitality Trust shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 77.4% of shares of all “Hospitality REITs” companies are owned by institutional investors. 8.1% of Hersha Hospitality Trust shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 5.5% of shares of all “Hospitality REITs” companies are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Dividends

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 5.4% and pay out 81.0% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. Hersha Hospitality Trust has increased its dividend for 3 consecutive years. Hersha Hospitality Trust is clearly a better dividend stock than its peers, given its higher yield and lower payout ratio.

Summary

Hersha Hospitality Trust beats its peers 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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