Host Hotels and Resorts (NYSE: HST) and Strategic Hotels and Resorts (NYSE:BEE) are both finance companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, dividends, institutional ownership, risk, profitability, analyst recommendations and earnings.


Host Hotels and Resorts pays an annual dividend of $0.80 per share and has a dividend yield of 4.0%. Strategic Hotels and Resorts does not pay a dividend. Host Hotels and Resorts pays out 100.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. Strategic Hotels and Resorts has raised its dividend for 6 consecutive years.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and target prices for Host Hotels and Resorts and Strategic Hotels and Resorts, as provided by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Host Hotels and Resorts 1 8 7 0 2.38
Strategic Hotels and Resorts 0 0 0 0 N/A

Host Hotels and Resorts presently has a consensus price target of $20.32, suggesting a potential upside of 2.41%.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Host Hotels and Resorts and Strategic Hotels and Resorts’ gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Host Hotels and Resorts $5.43 billion 2.70 $762.00 million $0.80 24.80
Strategic Hotels and Resorts N/A N/A N/A $0.17 N/A

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


This table compares Host Hotels and Resorts and Strategic Hotels and Resorts’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Host Hotels and Resorts 11.11% 8.44% 5.11%
Strategic Hotels and Resorts 6.40% 5.76% 2.43%


Host Hotels and Resorts beats Strategic Hotels and Resorts on 7 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Host Hotels and Resorts

Host Hotels & Resorts, Inc. (Host Inc.) operates as a self-managed and self-administered real estate investment trust (REIT). The Company operates through hotel ownership segment. The Company operates through hotel ownership segment. The Company owned properties and conducted operations through Host Hotels & Resorts, L.P. (Host L.P.), of which Host Inc. was the general partner and of which it held approximately 99% of the partnership interests (OP units), as of December 31, 2016. As of February 20, 2017, its lodging portfolio consisted of 96 primarily luxury and upper-upscale hotels containing approximately 53,500 rooms, with the majority located in the United States, and with seven of the properties located outside of the United States in Australia, Brazil, Canada and Mexico. In addition, it owns non-controlling interests in two international joint ventures: approximately a 33% interest in a joint venture in Europe, and a 9% indirect interest, through joint ventures in India.

About Strategic Hotels and Resorts

Strategic Hotels & Resorts, Inc. (SHR) is a self-administered and self-managed real estate investment trust (REIT). The Company acquires and asset manages hotels. The Company owns land held for development including 50.7 acres of oceanfront land in Nayarit, Mexico; 13.8 acres of land in Scottsdale, Arizona adjacent to its Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North, and a 20,000 square-foot oceanfront land parcel in Santa Monica, California adjacent to its Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel. The Company’s hotels are operated under the brands of Fairmont, Four Seasons, Hyatt, InterContinental, JW Marriott, Loews, Marriott, Montage, Ritz-Carlton and Westin. The Hotel del Coronado is operated by a specialty management company, KSL Resorts.

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