Financial Analysis: Huazhu Hotels Group (HTHT) vs. Its Competitors

Huazhu Hotels Group (NASDAQ: HTHT) is one of 30 public companies in the “Hotels & motels” industry, but how does it compare to its competitors? We will compare Huazhu Hotels Group to related companies based on the strength of its risk, profitability, dividends, valuation, earnings, institutional ownership and analyst recommendations.

Earnings & Valuation

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This table compares Huazhu Hotels Group and its competitors revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Huazhu Hotels Group $1.26 billion $190.15 million 49.90
Huazhu Hotels Group Competitors $3.57 billion $470.05 million 161.03

Huazhu Hotels Group’s competitors have higher revenue and earnings than Huazhu Hotels Group. Huazhu Hotels Group is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

38.1% of Huazhu Hotels Group shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 69.3% of shares of all “Hotels & motels” companies are owned by institutional investors. 49.4% of Huazhu Hotels Group shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 19.2% of shares of all “Hotels & motels” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares Huazhu Hotels Group and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Huazhu Hotels Group 15.13% 20.27% 8.49%
Huazhu Hotels Group Competitors 10.97% 12.75% 4.81%

Volatility & Risk

Huazhu Hotels Group has a beta of 1.62, meaning that its stock price is 62% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Huazhu Hotels Group’s competitors have a beta of 1.15, meaning that their average stock price is 15% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for Huazhu Hotels Group and its competitors, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Huazhu Hotels Group 0 1 4 0 2.80
Huazhu Hotels Group Competitors 306 1436 2177 73 2.51

Huazhu Hotels Group presently has a consensus price target of $118.80, suggesting a potential downside of 8.43%. As a group, “Hotels & motels” companies have a potential upside of 7.47%. Given Huazhu Hotels Group’s competitors higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Huazhu Hotels Group has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.

Summary

Huazhu Hotels Group beats its competitors on 7 of the 13 factors compared.

Huazhu Hotels Group Company Profile

China Lodging Group, Limited, together with its subsidiaries, develops leased and owned, manachised, and franchised hotels primarily in the People's Republic of China. It operates hotels under the Joya Hotel, Manxin Hotels & Resorts, JI Hotel, Starway Hotel, Elan Hotel, HanTing Hotel, Hi Inn, Grand Mercure Hotel, Novotel Hotel, Mercure Hotel, Ibis Styles Hotel, and Ibis Hotel brand names for business and leisure traveler customers. As of December 31, 2015, the company had 624 leased and owned hotels, 2,471 manachised hotels, and 174 franchised hotels in operation; and 15 leased and owned hotels, and 427 manachised and franchised hotels under development. China Lodging Group, Limited was incorporated in 2007 and is headquartered in Shanghai, the People's Republic of China.

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