Ashford Hospitality Trust (NYSE: AHT) is one of 28 publicly-traded companies in the “Hospitality REITs” industry, but how does it contrast to its peers? We will compare Ashford Hospitality Trust to similar companies based on the strength of its earnings, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, dividends, risk, profitability and valuation.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and price targets for Ashford Hospitality Trust and its peers, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Ashford Hospitality Trust 0 3 3 0 2.50
Ashford Hospitality Trust Competitors 232 925 894 19 2.34

Ashford Hospitality Trust presently has a consensus price target of $7.46, indicating a potential upside of 14.22%. As a group, “Hospitality REITs” companies have a potential upside of 6.42%. Given Ashford Hospitality Trust’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities research analysts plainly believe Ashford Hospitality Trust is more favorable than its peers.

Volatility and Risk

Ashford Hospitality Trust has a beta of 1.47, indicating that its stock price is 47% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Ashford Hospitality Trust’s peers have a beta of 1.00, indicating that their average stock price is 0% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Ashford Hospitality Trust and its peers’ 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%
Ashford Hospitality Trust Competitors 10.56% 3.64% 3.13%

Dividends

Ashford Hospitality Trust pays an annual dividend of $0.48 per share and has a dividend yield of 7.4%. Ashford Hospitality Trust pays out -35.8% 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 135.3% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. Ashford Hospitality Trust is clearly a better dividend stock than its peers, given its higher yield and lower payout ratio.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Ashford Hospitality Trust and its peers revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Ashford Hospitality Trust $1.45 billion $394.52 million -4.87
Ashford Hospitality Trust Competitors $1.10 billion $338.52 million -16.31

Ashford Hospitality Trust has higher revenue and earnings than its peers. Ashford Hospitality Trust is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

70.3% of Ashford Hospitality Trust shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 76.7% of shares of all “Hospitality REITs” companies are held by institutional investors. 18.2% of Ashford Hospitality Trust shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 5.8% of shares of all “Hospitality REITs” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

Ashford Hospitality Trust beats its peers on 10 of the 15 factors compared.

Ashford Hospitality Trust Company Profile

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.

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