The Castle Group (OTCMKTS:CAGU) and Xenia Hotels & Resorts (NYSE:XHR) are both consumer discretionary companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, earnings, institutional ownership, valuation, dividends, risk and profitability.

Profitability

This table compares The Castle Group and Xenia Hotels & Resorts’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
The Castle Group 1.16% 22.79% 2.13%
Xenia Hotels & Resorts 9.93% 5.96% 3.31%

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares The Castle Group and Xenia Hotels & Resorts’ revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
The Castle Group $26.25 million 0.16 $100,000.00 N/A N/A
Xenia Hotels & Resorts $945.28 million 2.38 $98.86 million $2.06 9.69

Xenia Hotels & Resorts has higher revenue and earnings than The Castle Group.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

77.7% of Xenia Hotels & Resorts shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.9% of Xenia Hotels & Resorts shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Dividends

Xenia Hotels & Resorts pays an annual dividend of $1.10 per share and has a dividend yield of 5.5%. The Castle Group does not pay a dividend. Xenia Hotels & Resorts pays out 53.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Xenia Hotels & Resorts has increased its dividend for 2 consecutive years.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current recommendations for The Castle Group and Xenia Hotels & Resorts, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
The Castle Group 0 0 0 0 N/A
Xenia Hotels & Resorts 0 3 2 0 2.40

Xenia Hotels & Resorts has a consensus price target of $25.60, suggesting a potential upside of 28.19%. Given Xenia Hotels & Resorts’ higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Xenia Hotels & Resorts is more favorable than The Castle Group.

Summary

Xenia Hotels & Resorts beats The Castle Group on 11 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

The Castle Group Company Profile

The Castle Group, Inc., through its subsidiaries, operates in the hotel and resort management industry in the state of Hawaii, New Zealand, and the Commonwealth of Saipan under the Castle Resorts and Hotels trade name. It manages luxury and mid-range resort condominiums and hotels on various islands in the state of Hawaii; and a property located in New Zealand. The company also provides reservations staffing and operation, advertising, sales and marketing, and accounting services to property owners. The Castle Group, Inc. was incorporated in 1981 and is headquartered in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Xenia Hotels & Resorts Company Profile

Xenia Hotels & Resorts, Inc. is a self-advised and self-administered REIT that invests primarily in premium full service and lifestyle hotels, with a focus on the top 25 U.S. lodging markets as well as key leisure destinations in the United States. The Company owns 40 hotels comprising 11,239 rooms, across 17 states and the District of Columbia. Xenia's hotels are primarily in the luxury and upper upscale segments, and operated and/or licensed by industry leaders such as Marriott, Hyatt, Kimpton, Fairmont, Hilton, and Loews, as well as leading independent management companies including Sage Hospitality, The Kessler Collection, Urgo Hotels & Resorts, and Davidson Hotels & Resorts.

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