Hospitality Properties Trust (NASDAQ: HPT) and Xenia Hotels & Resorts (NYSE:XHR) are both mid-cap finance companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, profitability, dividends, institutional ownership, valuation, analyst recommendations and earnings.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

77.2% of Hospitality Properties Trust shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 66.3% of Xenia Hotels & Resorts shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.7% of Hospitality Properties Trust shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 0.3% of Xenia Hotels & Resorts shares are owned 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 and Valuation

This table compares Hospitality Properties Trust and Xenia Hotels & Resorts’ top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Hospitality Properties Trust $2.08 billion 2.16 $749.37 million $1.18 23.16
Xenia Hotels & Resorts $916.60 million 2.28 $262.30 million $1.35 14.47

Hospitality Properties Trust has higher revenue and earnings than Xenia Hotels & Resorts. Xenia Hotels & Resorts is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Hospitality Properties Trust, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for Hospitality Properties Trust and Xenia Hotels & Resorts, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Hospitality Properties Trust 0 3 4 0 2.57
Xenia Hotels & Resorts 0 2 2 0 2.50

Hospitality Properties Trust presently has a consensus target price of $32.33, suggesting a potential upside of 18.31%. Xenia Hotels & Resorts has a consensus target price of $21.00, suggesting a potential upside of 7.47%. Given Hospitality Properties Trust’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities research analysts clearly believe Hospitality Properties Trust is more favorable than Xenia Hotels & Resorts.

Volatility and Risk

Hospitality Properties Trust has a beta of 1.01, meaning that its share price is 1% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Xenia Hotels & Resorts has a beta of 0.77, meaning that its share price is 23% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

Hospitality Properties Trust pays an annual dividend of $2.08 per share and has a dividend yield of 7.6%. Xenia Hotels & Resorts pays an annual dividend of $1.10 per share and has a dividend yield of 5.6%. Hospitality Properties Trust pays out 176.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. Xenia Hotels & Resorts pays out 81.5% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future.

Profitability

This table compares Hospitality Properties Trust and Xenia Hotels & Resorts’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Hospitality Properties Trust 10.22% 7.53% 3.16%
Xenia Hotels & Resorts 15.99% 8.91% 5.09%

Summary

Hospitality Properties Trust beats Xenia Hotels & Resorts on 9 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Hospitality Properties Trust

Hospitality Properties Trust is a real estate investment trust. The Company’s segments include hotel investments, travel center investments and corporate. As of December 31, 2016, the Company owned 306 hotels with 46,583 rooms or suites, and 198 travel centers. As of December 31, 2016, the Company’s properties were located in 45 states in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. As of December 31, 2016, the Company’s hotels were operated as Courtyard by Marriott, Royal Sonesta, Sonesta Hotels & Resorts, Candlewood Suites, Residence Inn by Marriott, Sonesta ES Suites, Crowne Plaza Hotels & Resorts, Staybridge Suites, Hyatt Place, Wyndham Grand, Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, InterContinental Hotels & Resorts, Marriott Hotels and Resorts, the Clift Hotel, Radisson Hotels & Resorts, Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants, TownePlace Suites by Marriott, Hawthorn Suites, Country Inns & Suites by Carlson, Holiday Inn Hotels & Resorts, SpringHill Suites by Marriott, and Park Plaza Hotels & Resorts.

About Xenia Hotels & Resorts

Xenia Hotels & Resorts, Inc. (Xenia) is a self-advised and self-administered real estate investment trust (REIT). The Company invests in premium full service, lifestyle and urban upscale hotels, with a focus on var ious markets, as well as leisure destinations in the United States. As of May 30, 2017, the Company owned 37 hotels, 35 of which are completely owned, comprising 10,783 rooms, across 18 states and the District of Columbia, including a majority interest in two hotels owned through two investments in real estate entities. The Company’s hotels are primarily operated and/or licensed by Marriott, Kimpton, Hyatt, Aston, Fairmont, Hilton and Loews, as well as independent management companies. As of May 30, 2017, the Company’s portfolio included Andaz Napa, Andaz San Diego, Andaz Savannah, Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel, Bohemian Hotel Celebration, (an Autograph Collection Hotel) and Bohemian Hotel Savannah Riverfront, (an Autograph Collection Hotel).

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