Host Hotels and Resorts (HST) versus Xenia Hotels & Resorts (XHR) Head-To-Head Comparison

Host Hotels and Resorts (NYSE: HST) and Xenia Hotels & Resorts (NYSE:XHR) are both mid-cap finance companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, dividends, risk, earnings, analyst recommendations, valuation and institutional ownership.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

68.6% of Xenia Hotels & Resorts shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.7% of Host Hotels and Resorts shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 0.5% of Xenia Hotels & Resorts shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Dividends

Host Hotels and Resorts pays an annual dividend of $0.80 per share and has a dividend yield of 4.0%. Xenia Hotels & Resorts pays an annual dividend of $1.10 per share and has a dividend yield of 5.1%. Host Hotels and Resorts pays out 100.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. Xenia Hotels & Resorts pays out 86.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. Xenia Hotels & Resorts has raised its dividend for 6 consecutive years. Xenia Hotels & Resorts is clearly the better dividend stock, given its higher yield and longer track record of dividend growth.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations for Host Hotels and Resorts and Xenia Hotels & Resorts, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Host Hotels and Resorts 1 8 7 0 2.38
Xenia Hotels & Resorts 0 3 3 0 2.50

Host Hotels and Resorts currently has a consensus price target of $20.32, suggesting a potential upside of 2.31%. Xenia Hotels & Resorts has a consensus price target of $21.50, suggesting a potential downside of 0.65%. Given Host Hotels and Resorts’ higher possible upside, equities research analysts clearly believe Host Hotels and Resorts is more favorable than Xenia Hotels & Resorts.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Host Hotels and Resorts and Xenia Hotels & Resorts’ revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Host Hotels and Resorts $5.43 billion 2.71 $762.00 million $0.80 24.83
Xenia Hotels & Resorts $950.16 million 2.43 $85.85 million $1.27 17.04

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

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Host Hotels and Resorts 11.11% 8.44% 5.11%
Xenia Hotels & Resorts 15.23% 8.34% 4.73%

Volatility and Risk

Host Hotels and Resorts has a beta of 1.28, meaning that its stock price is 28% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Xenia Hotels & Resorts has a beta of 0.8, meaning that its stock price is 20% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Host Hotels and Resorts beats Xenia Hotels & Resorts on 10 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Host Hotels and Resorts

Host Hotels & Resorts, Inc. (Host Inc.) operates as a self-managed and self-administered real estate investment trust (REIT). The Company operates through hotel ownership segment. The Company operates through hotel ownership segment. The Company owned properties and conducted operations through Host Hotels & Resorts, L.P. (Host L.P.), of which Host Inc. was the general partner and of which it held approximately 99% of the partnership interests (OP units), as of December 31, 2016. As of February 20, 2017, its lodging portfolio consisted of 96 primarily luxury and upper-upscale hotels containing approximately 53,500 rooms, with the majority located in the United States, and with seven of the properties located outside of the United States in Australia, Brazil, Canada and Mexico. In addition, it owns non-controlling interests in two international joint ventures: approximately a 33% interest in a joint venture in Europe, and a 9% indirect interest, through joint ventures in India.

About Xenia Hotels & Resorts

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).

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