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

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Park Hotels & Resorts N/A 50.66% 25.50%
Host Hotels & Resorts 11.09% 8.47% 5.16%

Dividends

Park Hotels & Resorts pays an annual dividend of $1.72 per share and has a dividend yield of 6.6%. Host Hotels & Resorts pays an annual dividend of $0.80 per share and has a dividend yield of 4.5%. Host Hotels & 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. Park Hotels & Resorts has raised its dividend for 6 consecutive years. Park Hotels & Resorts is clearly the better dividend stock, given its higher yield and longer track record of dividend growth.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Park Hotels & Resorts and Host Hotels & Resorts’ top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Park Hotels & Resorts $2.78 billion 2.02 $732.00 million N/A N/A
Host Hotels & Resorts $5.45 billion 2.40 $1.45 billion $0.80 22.13

Host Hotels & Resorts has higher revenue and earnings than Park Hotels & Resorts.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

97.0% of Park Hotels & Resorts shares are held by institutional investors. 0.3% of Park Hotels & Resorts shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 1.7% of Host Hotels & Resorts shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current recommendations for Park Hotels & Resorts and Host Hotels & Resorts, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Park Hotels & Resorts 0 8 7 0 2.47
Host Hotels & Resorts 1 8 4 0 2.23

Park Hotels & Resorts presently has a consensus price target of $35.54, suggesting a potential upside of 36.16%. Host Hotels & Resorts has a consensus price target of $17.93, suggesting a potential upside of 1.27%. Given Park Hotels & Resorts’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, research analysts plainly believe Park Hotels & Resorts is more favorable than Host Hotels & Resorts.

Summary

Park Hotels & Resorts beats Host Hotels & Resorts on 9 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Park Hotels & Resorts

Park Hotels & Resorts Inc. is a lodging real estate company. The Company has a portfolio of hotels and resorts. The Company operates through ownership segment, which includes all of its hotel properties. As of December 31, 2016, the Company’s portfolio consisted of 67 hotels and resorts with over 35,000 rooms located in the United States and international markets. Its portfolio includes hotels in areas, such as New York City, Washington, D.C., Chicago, San Francisco and London; resorts in leisure destinations, including Hawaii, Orlando and Key West, and a range of properties adjacent to gateway airports, such as Los Angeles International, Chicago O’Hare, Boston Logan and Miami Airport, and select suburban locations. The Company’s brand affiliations include Conrad Hotels & Resorts, DoubleTree by Hilton, Embassy Suites by Hilton, Hampton by Hilton, Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Hilaton Garden Inn, Curio – A Collection by Hilton, and Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts.

About Host Hotels & 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.

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