Apple Hospitality REIT (NYSE: APLE) is one of 30 public companies in the “Hospitality REITs” industry, but how does it contrast to its competitors? We will compare Apple Hospitality REIT to related companies based on the strength of its risk, valuation, analyst recommendations, profitability, dividends, institutional ownership and earnings.

Dividends

Apple Hospitality REIT pays an annual dividend of $1.20 per share and has a dividend yield of 6.4%. Apple Hospitality REIT pays out 150.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. As a group, “Hospitality REITs” companies pay a dividend yield of 5.4% and pay out 133.3% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

49.1% of Apple Hospitality REIT shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 77.3% of shares of all “Hospitality REITs” companies are owned by institutional investors. 6.3% of Apple Hospitality REIT shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 5.4% of shares of all “Hospitality REITs” companies 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.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Apple Hospitality REIT and its competitors revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue NetIncome Price/Earnings Ratio
Apple Hospitality REIT $1.04 billion $144.65 million 23.59
Apple Hospitality REIT Competitors $1.19 billion $144.77 million -8.42

Apple Hospitality REIT’s competitors have higher revenue and earnings than Apple Hospitality REIT. Apple Hospitality REIT is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Risk and Volatility

Apple Hospitality REIT has a beta of 0.6, meaning that its stock price is 40% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Apple Hospitality REIT’s competitors have a beta of 0.97, meaning that their average stock price is 3% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Apple Hospitality REIT and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Apple Hospitality REIT 14.97% 5.05% 3.57%
Apple Hospitality REIT Competitors 8.06% 3.01% 2.39%

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations for Apple Hospitality REIT and its competitors, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Apple Hospitality REIT 0 3 1 0 2.25
Apple Hospitality REIT Competitors 121 805 880 21 2.44

Apple Hospitality REIT presently has a consensus price target of $19.67, indicating a potential upside of 4.22%. As a group, “Hospitality REITs” companies have a potential upside of 33.18%. Given Apple Hospitality REIT’s competitors stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Apple Hospitality REIT has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.

Summary

Apple Hospitality REIT competitors beat Apple Hospitality REIT on 9 of the 15 factors compared.

About Apple Hospitality REIT

Apple Hospitality REIT, Inc. is a hospitality real estate investment trust. The Company invests in real estate, primarily in the lodging sector, in the United States. As of September 13, 2017, the Company owned 237 hotels, with more than 30,000 guestrooms, diversified across the Hilton and Marriott families of brands with locations in urban, high-end suburban and developing markets across 33 states. As of December 31, 2016, the Company’s hotels included various brands, such as Hilton Garden Inn, Courtyard, Homewood Suites, Residence Inn, SpringHill Suites, TownePlace Suites, Fairfield Inn, Home2 Suites, Marriott, Embassy Suites, Hilton and Renaissance. As of December 31, 2016, the Company’s hotels were located in various states of the United States, such as Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Texas, Utah and Virginia.

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