La Quinta (LQ) vs. Extended Stay America (STAY) Head-To-Head Comparison
Extended Stay America (NYSE: STAY) and La Quinta (NYSE:LQ) are both mid-cap cyclical consumer goods & services companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, dividends, risk, institutional ownership, valuation, earnings and analyst recommendations.
This is a breakdown of current recommendations for Extended Stay America and La Quinta, as reported by MarketBeat.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
|Extended Stay America||0||1||7||0||2.88|
Risk & Volatility
Extended Stay America has a beta of 0.98, indicating that its share price is 2% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, La Quinta has a beta of 1.86, indicating that its share price is 86% more volatile than the S&P 500.
Extended Stay America pays an annual dividend of $0.84 per share and has a dividend yield of 4.8%. La Quinta does not pay a dividend. Extended Stay America pays out 215.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. La Quinta has increased its dividend for 2 consecutive years.
Insider & Institutional Ownership
98.5% of Extended Stay America shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 98.4% of La Quinta shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.6% of Extended Stay America shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 1.6% of La Quinta shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.
This table compares Extended Stay America and La Quinta’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
|Extended Stay America||5.83%||14.53%||4.74%|
Earnings & Valuation
This table compares Extended Stay America and La Quinta’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||Net Income||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|Extended Stay America||$1.27 billion||2.65||$69.93 million||$0.39||44.92|
|La Quinta||$1.01 billion||2.09||-$1.28 million||$0.26||68.85|
Extended Stay America has higher revenue and earnings than La Quinta. Extended Stay America is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than La Quinta, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.
Extended Stay America beats La Quinta on 12 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.
About Extended Stay America
Extended Stay America, Inc. is a owner/operator of company-branded hotels in North America. The Company operates in the extended stay lodging industry. The Company owns and operates approximately 700 hotel properties consisting of approximately 75,900 rooms located in 44 states across the United States of America and in Canada. The Company owns and operates hotels under the core brand, Extended Stay America. In addition, the Company owns and operates three Extended Stay Canada hotels, 49 hotels in the economy extended stay segment under the Crossland Economy Studios and Hometown Inn brands, and also manage two Extended Stay America hotels.
About La Quinta
La Quinta Holdings Inc. is an owner, operator and franchisor of select-service hotels primarily serving the midscale and upper-midscale sectors under the La Quinta brand. The Company’s segments include owned hotels, franchise and management, and corporate and other. The owned hotels segment is engaged in the operation of owned hotel properties. The franchise and management segment is engaged in various license, franchise and management agreements relating to its owned and franchised hotels. As of December 31, 2016, its portfolio consisted of 888 hotels representing approximately 87,200 rooms located primarily across 48 states in the United States, as well as in Canada, Mexico, Honduras and Colombia, of which 322 hotels were owned and operated, and 566 were franchised. As of December 31, 2016, the Company had a pipeline of 248 franchised hotels in the United States, Mexico, Colombia, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Chile and El Salvador.
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