LaSalle Hotel Properties (NYSE: LHO) is one of 28 public companies in the “Hospitality REITs” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its rivals? We will compare LaSalle Hotel Properties to similar companies based on the strength of its risk, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, profitability, valuation, earnings and dividends.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

77.3% of shares of all “Hospitality REITs” companies are held by institutional investors. 0.4% of LaSalle Hotel Properties shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 5.4% of shares of all “Hospitality REITs” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current recommendations and price targets for LaSalle Hotel Properties and its rivals, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
LaSalle Hotel Properties 2 11 0 0 1.85
LaSalle Hotel Properties Competitors 120 784 873 21 2.44

LaSalle Hotel Properties presently has a consensus price target of $29.00, indicating a potential upside of 1.86%. As a group, “Hospitality REITs” companies have a potential upside of 6.99%. Given LaSalle Hotel Properties’ rivals stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe LaSalle Hotel Properties has less favorable growth aspects than its rivals.

Profitability

This table compares LaSalle Hotel Properties and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
LaSalle Hotel Properties 18.10% 8.31% 5.40%
LaSalle Hotel Properties Competitors 8.06% 3.01% 2.39%

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares LaSalle Hotel Properties and its rivals top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue NetIncome Price/Earnings Ratio
LaSalle Hotel Properties $1.23 billion $252.78 million 17.57
LaSalle Hotel Properties Competitors $1.19 billion $144.77 million 16.57

LaSalle Hotel Properties has higher revenue and earnings than its rivals. LaSalle Hotel Properties is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its rivals, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Dividends

LaSalle Hotel Properties pays an annual dividend of $1.80 per share and has a dividend yield of 6.3%. LaSalle Hotel Properties pays out 111.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. As a group, “Hospitality REITs” companies pay a dividend yield of 5.3% and pay out 130.6% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. LaSalle Hotel Properties has increased its dividend for 5 consecutive years. LaSalle Hotel Properties is clearly a better dividend stock than its rivals, given its higher yield and lower payout ratio.

Risk and Volatility

LaSalle Hotel Properties has a beta of 1.12, suggesting that its share price is 12% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, LaSalle Hotel Properties’ rivals have a beta of 0.98, suggesting that their average share price is 2% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

LaSalle Hotel Properties beats its rivals on 8 of the 15 factors compared.

LaSalle Hotel Properties Company Profile

LaSalle Hotel Properties is a self-administered and self-managed real estate investment trust. The Company primarily buys, owns, redevelops and leases upscale and luxury full-service hotels located in convention, resort and urban business markets. As of December 31, 2016, the Company owned interests in 46 hotels with approximately 11,450 guest rooms located in nine states of the United States and the District of Columbia (DC). As of December 31, 2016, the Company’s properties included Hotel Amarano Burbank; Hilton San Diego Gaslamp Quarter; Hotel Solamar; San Diego Paradise Point Resort and Spa; The Hilton San Diego Resort and Spa; Harbor Court Hotel; The Marker San Francisco; Chamberlain West Hollywood; Le Montrose Suite Hotel; The Grafton on Sunset; Hotel George; Hotel Rouge; Mason & Rook Hotel; The Donovan; The Liaison Capitol Hill; The Marker Waterfront Resort; Hotel Chicago; Onyx Hotel; Park Central Hotel New York; The Heathman Hotel; Westin Philadelphia, and Lansdowne Resort.

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