Xenia Hotels & Resorts (NYSE: XHR) and Ashford Hospitality Trust (NYSE:AHT) are both finance companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, dividends, earnings, risk, valuation, institutional ownership and profitability.

Dividends

Xenia Hotels & Resorts pays an annual dividend of $1.10 per share and has a dividend yield of 5.0%. Ashford Hospitality Trust pays an annual dividend of $0.48 per share and has a dividend yield of 6.8%. Xenia Hotels & Resorts pays out 81.5% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. Ashford Hospitality Trust pays out -35.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Ashford Hospitality Trust is clearly the better dividend stock, given its higher yield and lower payout ratio.

Volatility and Risk

Xenia Hotels & Resorts has a beta of 0.8, suggesting that its stock price is 20% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Ashford Hospitality Trust has a beta of 1.48, suggesting that its stock price is 48% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Xenia Hotels & Resorts and Ashford Hospitality Trust’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Xenia Hotels & Resorts $916.60 million 2.56 $262.30 million $1.35 16.27
Ashford Hospitality Trust $1.45 billion 0.48 $394.52 million ($1.34) -5.29

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

Institutional & Insider Ownership

65.0% of Xenia Hotels & Resorts shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 70.2% of Ashford Hospitality Trust shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.3% of Xenia Hotels & Resorts shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 18.2% of Ashford Hospitality Trust shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares Xenia Hotels & Resorts and Ashford Hospitality Trust’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Xenia Hotels & Resorts 15.99% 8.91% 5.09%
Ashford Hospitality Trust -5.43% -10.41% -1.64%

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for Xenia Hotels & Resorts and Ashford Hospitality Trust, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Xenia Hotels & Resorts 0 1 3 0 2.75
Ashford Hospitality Trust 0 3 3 0 2.50

Xenia Hotels & Resorts currently has a consensus price target of $20.75, indicating a potential downside of 5.55%. Ashford Hospitality Trust has a consensus price target of $7.46, indicating a potential upside of 5.20%. Given Ashford Hospitality Trust’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Ashford Hospitality Trust is more favorable than Xenia Hotels & Resorts.

Summary

Ashford Hospitality Trust beats Xenia Hotels & Resorts on 8 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

Xenia Hotels & Resorts Company Profile

Xenia Hotels & Resorts, Inc. (Xenia) is a self-advised and self-administered real estate investment trust (REIT). The Company invests in premium full service, lifestyle and urban upscale hotels, with a focus on var ious markets, as well as leisure destinations in the United States. As of October 4, 2017, the Company owned 39 hotels, 37 of which are completely owned, comprising 11,533 rooms, across 18 states and the District of Columbia, including a majority interest in two hotels owned through two investments in real estate entities. The Company’s hotels are primarily operated and/or licensed by Marriott, Kimpton, Hyatt, Aston, Fairmont, Hilton and Loews, as well as independent management companies. As of May 30, 2017, the Company’s portfolio included Andaz Napa, Andaz San Diego, Andaz Savannah, Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel, Bohemian Hotel Celebration, (an Autograph Collection Hotel) and Bohemian Hotel Savannah Riverfront, (an Autograph Collection Hotel).

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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