Ashford Hospitality Trust (NYSE: AHT) and Pebblebrook Hotel Trust (NYSE:PEB) are both finance companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, profitability, valuation, institutional ownership, risk, earnings and analyst recommendations.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for Ashford Hospitality Trust and Pebblebrook Hotel Trust, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Ashford Hospitality Trust 0 3 3 0 2.50
Pebblebrook Hotel Trust 2 3 3 0 2.13

Ashford Hospitality Trust currently has a consensus target price of $7.46, suggesting a potential upside of 21.47%. Pebblebrook Hotel Trust has a consensus target price of $32.10, suggesting a potential downside of 2.58%. Given Ashford Hospitality Trust’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, research analysts plainly believe Ashford Hospitality Trust is more favorable than Pebblebrook Hotel Trust.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

72.6% of Ashford Hospitality Trust shares are held by institutional investors. 18.2% of Ashford Hospitality Trust shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 2.0% of Pebblebrook Hotel Trust shares are held by 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 Pebblebrook Hotel Trust’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Ashford Hospitality Trust $1.45 billion 0.41 $394.52 million ($1.34) -4.58
Pebblebrook Hotel Trust $796.77 million 2.85 $242.63 million $0.30 109.84

Ashford Hospitality Trust has higher revenue and earnings than Pebblebrook Hotel Trust. Ashford Hospitality Trust is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Pebblebrook Hotel Trust, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Dividends

Ashford Hospitality Trust pays an annual dividend of $0.48 per share and has a dividend yield of 7.8%. Pebblebrook Hotel Trust pays an annual dividend of $1.52 per share and has a dividend yield of 4.6%. Ashford Hospitality Trust pays out -35.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Pebblebrook Hotel Trust pays out 506.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. Pebblebrook Hotel Trust has raised its dividend for 4 consecutive years. Ashford Hospitality Trust is clearly the better dividend stock, given its higher yield and lower payout ratio.

Volatility and Risk

Ashford Hospitality Trust has a beta of 1.48, indicating that its stock price is 48% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Pebblebrook Hotel Trust has a beta of 1.24, indicating that its stock price is 24% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Ashford Hospitality Trust and Pebblebrook Hotel Trust’s 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%
Pebblebrook Hotel Trust 5.09% 2.59% 1.45%

Summary

Ashford Hospitality Trust beats Pebblebrook Hotel Trust on 9 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

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.

About Pebblebrook Hotel Trust

Pebblebrook Hotel Trust is an internally managed hotel investment company. The Company is a real estate investment trust (REIT) that acquires and invests in hotel properties located primarily in cities of the United States. As of December 31, 2016, the Company owned 29 hotels with a total of 7,219 guest rooms. The hotels are located in the markets: Atlanta (Buckhead), Georgia; Boston, Massachusetts; Miami (Coral Gables), Florida; Minneapolis, Minnesota; Naples, Florida; Nashville, Tennessee; New York, New York; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Portland, Oregon; San Diego, California; San Francisco, California; Santa Monica, California; Seattle, Washington; Stevenson, Washington; Washington, D.C.; West Hollywood, California, and Los Angeles (Beverly Hills), California. The Company’s assets are held by, and all of the operations are conducted through, Pebblebrook Hotel, L.P. (the Operating Partnership).

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