Hersha Hospitality Trust (NYSE: HT) and Gaming and Leisure Properties (NASDAQ:GLPIV) are both finance companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, profitabiliy, dividends, risk, institutional ownership, earnings and analyst recommendations.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Hersha Hospitality Trust and Gaming and Leisure Properties’ top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Hersha Hospitality Trust $462.26 million 1.71 $142.28 million $2.88 6.55
Gaming and Leisure Properties N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

Hersha Hospitality Trust has higher revenue and earnings than Gaming and Leisure Properties.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

96.6% of Hersha Hospitality Trust shares are owned by institutional investors. 8.1% of Hersha Hospitality Trust shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Dividends

Hersha Hospitality Trust pays an annual dividend of $1.12 per share and has a dividend yield of 5.9%. Gaming and Leisure Properties does not pay a dividend. Hersha Hospitality Trust pays out 38.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Gaming and Leisure Properties has increased its dividend for 3 consecutive years.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and target prices for Hersha Hospitality Trust and Gaming and Leisure Properties, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Hersha Hospitality Trust 1 6 2 0 2.11
Gaming and Leisure Properties 0 0 0 0 N/A

Hersha Hospitality Trust currently has a consensus price target of $20.11, suggesting a potential upside of 6.63%. Given Hersha Hospitality Trust’s higher probable upside, research analysts clearly believe Hersha Hospitality Trust is more favorable than Gaming and Leisure Properties.

Profitability

This table compares Hersha Hospitality Trust and Gaming and Leisure Properties’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Hersha Hospitality Trust 29.30% 18.72% 7.61%
Gaming and Leisure Properties 38.73% 15.55% 5.13%

Summary

Hersha Hospitality Trust beats Gaming and Leisure Properties on 8 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

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 December 31, 2016, the Company’s portfolio consisted of 43 limited and full service properties with a total of 6,344 rooms and interests in 12 limited and full service properties owned through joint venture investments with a total of 2,456 rooms. These 55 properties, with a total of 8,800 rooms, are located in Arizona, California, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, Pennsylvania, and Virginia and operate under brands owned by Marriott International, Inc. (Marriott), Hilton Worldwide, Inc. (Hilton), InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), and Hyatt Corporation (Hyatt).

Gaming and Leisure Properties Company Profile

Gaming and Leisure Properties, Inc. (GLPI) is a self-administered and self-managed Pennsylvania real estate investment trust (REIT). The Company is engaged in the business of acquiring, financing and owning real estate property to be leased to gaming operators in triple net lease arrangements. Its segments include GLP Capital, L.P. (GLP Capital), through which the Company owns all of its real estate assets, and the TRS Properties, which consists of Hollywood Casino Perryville and Hollywood Casino Baton Rouge. The GLP Capital segment consists of the leased real property. As of December 31, 2016, the Company had 34 rental properties, consisting of the real property associated with 18 gaming and related facilities operated by Penn National Gaming, Inc. (Penn), the real property associated with 15 gaming and related facilities operated by Pinnacle Entertainment, Inc. (Pinnacle), and the real property associated with the Casino Queen in East St. Louis, Illinois.

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