Head-To-Head Review: Ashford Hospitality Prime (AHP) & its Rivals

Ashford Hospitality Prime (NYSE: AHP) is one of 28 publicly-traded companies in the “Hospitality REITs” industry, but how does it contrast to its rivals? We will compare Ashford Hospitality Prime to related businesses based off the strength of its analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, valuation, risk, dividends, profitability and earnings.

Dividends

Ashford Hospitality Prime pays an annual dividend of $0.64 per share and has a dividend yield of 6.7%. Ashford Hospitality Prime pays out 177.8% 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 5.5% and pay out 135.3% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. Ashford Hospitality Prime has raised its dividend for 2 consecutive years.

Profitability

This table compares Ashford Hospitality Prime and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Ashford Hospitality Prime 4.02% 4.88% 1.20%
Ashford Hospitality Prime Competitors 10.29% 3.48% 3.06%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings for Ashford Hospitality Prime and its rivals, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Ashford Hospitality Prime 0 3 3 0 2.50
Ashford Hospitality Prime Competitors 232 922 892 19 2.34

Ashford Hospitality Prime currently has a consensus price target of $13.40, suggesting a potential upside of 40.17%. All “Hospitality REITs” companies have a potential upside of 5.91%. Given Ashford Hospitality Prime’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities research analysts plainly believe Ashford Hospitality Prime is more favorable than its rivals.

Risk and Volatility

Ashford Hospitality Prime has a beta of 1.17, meaning that its stock price is 17% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Ashford Hospitality Prime’s rivals have a beta of 1.00, meaning that their average stock price is 0% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

69.5% of Ashford Hospitality Prime shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 76.7% of shares of all “Hospitality REITs” companies are held by institutional investors. 10.0% of Ashford Hospitality Prime shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 5.8% of shares of all “Hospitality REITs” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Ashford Hospitality Prime and its rivals revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Ashford Hospitality Prime $407.02 million $100.67 million 26.56
Ashford Hospitality Prime Competitors $1.09 billion $355.70 million -15.53

Ashford Hospitality Prime’s rivals have higher revenue and earnings than Ashford Hospitality Prime. Ashford Hospitality Prime is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its rivals, indicating that it is currently the more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Summary

Ashford Hospitality Prime beats its rivals on 8 of the 15 factors compared.

About Ashford Hospitality Prime

Ashford Hospitality Prime, Inc. invests in high revenue per available room (RevPAR), luxury hotels and resorts. The Company conducts its business and owns all of its assets through its operating partnership, Ashford Hospitality Prime Limited Partnership (Ashford Prime OP). The Company operates in the direct hotel investment segment of the hotel lodging industry. As of February 24, 2017, it owned interests in 11 hotel properties in six states, the District of Columbia and St. Thomas, the United States Virgin Islands with 3,702 total rooms, or 3,467 net rooms, excluding those attributable to its joint venture partner. The hotel properties in its portfolio are mainly located in the Unites States urban markets. The Company owns nine of its hotel properties directly, and the remaining two hotel properties through an investment in a majority-owned consolidated entity. All of the hotels in the Company’s portfolio are asset-managed by Ashford Hospitality Advisors LLC.

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