Hospitality Properties Trust (NASDAQ: HPT) and Sotherly Hotels (NASDAQ:SOHO) are both finance companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, dividends, earnings, valuation, profitability, risk and institutional ownership.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Hospitality Properties Trust 11.66% 8.79% 3.58%
Sotherly Hotels 2.01% 3.98% 0.75%

Risk and Volatility

Hospitality Properties Trust has a beta of 1.05, suggesting that its share price is 5% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Sotherly Hotels has a beta of 0.73, suggesting that its share price is 27% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

75.6% of Hospitality Properties Trust shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 29.4% of Sotherly Hotels shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.6% of Hospitality Properties Trust shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 13.8% of Sotherly Hotels shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Dividends

Hospitality Properties Trust pays an annual dividend of $2.08 per share and has a dividend yield of 7.0%. Sotherly Hotels pays an annual dividend of $0.44 per share and has a dividend yield of 6.4%. Hospitality Properties Trust pays out 148.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. Sotherly Hotels pays out -4,395.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Hospitality Properties Trust and Sotherly Hotels’ revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Hospitality Properties Trust $2.05 billion 2.40 $223.11 million $1.40 21.36
Sotherly Hotels $152.85 million 0.62 $920,000.00 ($0.01) -683.32

Hospitality Properties Trust has higher revenue and earnings than Sotherly Hotels. Sotherly Hotels 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 current ratings for Hospitality Properties Trust and Sotherly Hotels, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Hospitality Properties Trust 0 3 4 0 2.57
Sotherly Hotels 0 0 1 0 3.00

Hospitality Properties Trust presently has a consensus target price of $32.20, indicating a potential upside of 7.69%. Sotherly Hotels has a consensus target price of $8.00, indicating a potential upside of 16.96%. Given Sotherly Hotels’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Sotherly Hotels is more favorable than Hospitality Properties Trust.

Summary

Hospitality Properties Trust beats Sotherly Hotels on 12 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

Hospitality Properties Trust Company Profile

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.

Sotherly Hotels Company Profile

Sotherly Hotels Inc. is a self-managed and self-administered lodging real estate investment trust. The Company is focused on the acquisition, renovation, upbranding and repositioning of upscale to upper-upscale full-service hotels in the southern United States. The Company operates through the hotel ownership segment. The Company conducts its operations through Sotherly Hotels LP, its Operating Partnership, of which the Company is the general partner. Its portfolio consists of approximately 10 full-service, mainly upscale and upper-upscale hotels located in over eight states with an aggregate of approximately 3,010 rooms and approximately 160,930 square feet of meeting space. All of these hotels are owned by subsidiaries of the Operating Partnership, approximately 10 operate under the Hilton, Crowne Plaza, DoubleTree and Sheraton brands, one is an independent hotel, and all are managed on a day to day basis by MHI Hotels Services, LLC, which does business as Chesapeake Hospitality.

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