CorePoint Lodging (NYSE:CPLG) and Wheeler Real Estate Investment Trust (NASDAQ:WHLR) are both small-cap finance companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, dividends, profitability, earnings and risk.

Profitability

This table compares CorePoint Lodging and Wheeler Real Estate Investment Trust’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
CorePoint Lodging -29.01% -7.28% -3.75%
Wheeler Real Estate Investment Trust -31.53% -490.92% -3.19%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for CorePoint Lodging and Wheeler Real Estate Investment Trust, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
CorePoint Lodging 1 0 1 0 2.00
Wheeler Real Estate Investment Trust 0 0 0 0 N/A

CorePoint Lodging currently has a consensus target price of $13.00, suggesting a potential upside of 30.65%. Given CorePoint Lodging’s higher possible upside, equities analysts clearly believe CorePoint Lodging is more favorable than Wheeler Real Estate Investment Trust.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

85.9% of CorePoint Lodging shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 22.8% of Wheeler Real Estate Investment Trust shares are held by institutional investors. 1.8% of CorePoint Lodging shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 5.3% of Wheeler Real Estate Investment Trust shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Volatility and Risk

CorePoint Lodging has a beta of 1.1, indicating that its share price is 10% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Wheeler Real Estate Investment Trust has a beta of 3.38, indicating that its share price is 238% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares CorePoint Lodging and Wheeler Real Estate Investment Trust’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
CorePoint Lodging $862.00 million 0.66 -$262.00 million $2.06 4.83
Wheeler Real Estate Investment Trust $65.71 million 0.26 -$16.50 million N/A N/A

Wheeler Real Estate Investment Trust has lower revenue, but higher earnings than CorePoint Lodging.

Summary

CorePoint Lodging beats Wheeler Real Estate Investment Trust on 7 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

CorePoint Lodging Company Profile

CorePoint Lodging Inc., a real estate investment trust company, operates midscale and upper-midscale select-service hotels primarily under the La Quinta brand. As of March 21, 2019, it had a portfolio of 313 hotels and approximately 40,000 rooms across 41 states in the United States. CorePoint Lodging Inc. is based in Irving, Texas.

Wheeler Real Estate Investment Trust Company Profile

Headquartered in Virginia Beach, VA, Wheeler Real Estate Investment Trust, Inc. is a fully-integrated, self-managed commercial real estate investment company focused on owning and operating income-producing retail properties with a primary focus on grocery-anchored centers. Wheeler's portfolio contains well-located, potentially dominant retail properties in secondary and tertiary markets that generate attractive, risk-adjusted returns, with a particular emphasis on grocery-anchored retail centers.

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