Apple Hospitality REIT (NYSE: DLR) and DIGITAL RLTY TR/SH (NYSE:DLR) are both finance companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, risk, valuation, earnings, dividends and profitability.

Volatility & Risk

Apple Hospitality REIT has a beta of 0.66, suggesting that its share price is 34% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, DIGITAL RLTY TR/SH has a beta of 0.15, suggesting that its share price is 85% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

56.3% of Apple Hospitality REIT shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 98.4% of DIGITAL RLTY TR/SH shares are owned by institutional investors. 6.3% of Apple Hospitality REIT shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 0.4% of DIGITAL RLTY TR/SH shares are owned by 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 & Earnings

This table compares Apple Hospitality REIT and DIGITAL RLTY TR/SH’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Apple Hospitality REIT $1.24 billion 3.28 $182.49 million $1.74 10.14
DIGITAL RLTY TR/SH $2.46 billion 10.40 $248.25 million $6.14 20.20

DIGITAL RLTY TR/SH has higher revenue and earnings than Apple Hospitality REIT. Apple Hospitality REIT is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than DIGITAL RLTY TR/SH, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings for Apple Hospitality REIT and DIGITAL RLTY TR/SH, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Apple Hospitality REIT 0 1 2 0 2.67
DIGITAL RLTY TR/SH 0 6 13 0 2.68

Apple Hospitality REIT presently has a consensus price target of $20.00, suggesting a potential upside of 13.31%. DIGITAL RLTY TR/SH has a consensus price target of $126.59, suggesting a potential upside of 2.06%. Given Apple Hospitality REIT’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Apple Hospitality REIT is more favorable than DIGITAL RLTY TR/SH.

Profitability

This table compares Apple Hospitality REIT and DIGITAL RLTY TR/SH’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Apple Hospitality REIT 13.55% 4.80% 3.44%
DIGITAL RLTY TR/SH 9.79% 3.02% 1.38%

Dividends

Apple Hospitality REIT pays an annual dividend of $1.20 per share and has a dividend yield of 6.8%. DIGITAL RLTY TR/SH pays an annual dividend of $4.04 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.3%. Apple Hospitality REIT pays out 69.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. DIGITAL RLTY TR/SH pays out 65.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Both companies have healthy payout ratios and should be able to cover their dividend payments with earnings for the next several years. DIGITAL RLTY TR/SH has raised its dividend for 13 consecutive years.

Summary

DIGITAL RLTY TR/SH beats Apple Hospitality REIT on 10 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.

Apple Hospitality REIT Company Profile

Apple Hospitality REIT, Inc. (NYSE: APLE) is a publicly traded real estate investment trust (REIT) that owns one of the largest and most diverse portfolios of upscale, select-service hotels in the United States. Apple Hospitality's portfolio consists of 242 hotels with more than 30,700 guest rooms located in 88 markets throughout 34 states. Franchised with industry-leading brands, the Company's portfolio comprises 117 Marriott branded hotels and 125 Hilton branded hotels. For more information, please visit www.applehospitalityreit.com.

DIGITAL RLTY TR/SH Company Profile

Digital Realty supports the data center, colocation and interconnection strategies of more than 2,300 firms across its secure, network-rich portfolio of data centers located throughout North America, Europe, Asia and Australia. Digital Realty's clients include domestic and international companies of all sizes, ranging from cloud and information technology services, communications and social networking to financial services, manufacturing, energy, healthcare, and consumer products.

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