Head-To-Head Analysis: Marriott International (NASDAQ:MAR) versus Wyndham Hotels & Resorts (NASDAQ:WH)

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Marriott International (NASDAQ:MAR) and Wyndham Hotels & Resorts (NYSE:WH) are both consumer discretionary companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, earnings, valuation, risk, institutional ownership, profitability and dividends.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

62.8% of Marriott International shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 91.3% of Wyndham Hotels & Resorts shares are held by institutional investors. 12.6% of Marriott International shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 1.9% of Wyndham Hotels & Resorts shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Dividends

Marriott International pays an annual dividend of $1.92 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.3%. Wyndham Hotels & Resorts pays an annual dividend of $1.16 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.9%. Marriott International pays out 30.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Wyndham Hotels & Resorts pays out 42.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Both companies have healthy payout ratios and should be able to cover their dividend payments with earnings for the next several years. Marriott International has raised its dividend for 8 consecutive years.

Profitability

This table compares Marriott International and Wyndham Hotels & Resorts’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Marriott International 8.62% 97.68% 9.14%
Wyndham Hotels & Resorts 7.03% 18.80% 5.37%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations for Marriott International and Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Marriott International 0 10 4 0 2.29
Wyndham Hotels & Resorts 0 0 8 0 3.00

Marriott International currently has a consensus price target of $135.38, suggesting a potential downside of 5.18%. Wyndham Hotels & Resorts has a consensus price target of $69.00, suggesting a potential upside of 13.56%. Given Wyndham Hotels & Resorts’ stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Wyndham Hotels & Resorts is more favorable than Marriott International.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Marriott International and Wyndham Hotels & Resorts’ top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Marriott International $20.76 billion 2.29 $1.91 billion $6.21 22.99
Wyndham Hotels & Resorts $1.87 billion 3.16 $162.00 million $2.71 22.42

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

Summary

Marriott International beats Wyndham Hotels & Resorts on 10 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Marriott International

Marriott International, Inc. operates, franchises, and licenses hotel, residential, and timeshare properties worldwide. The company operates through North American Full-Service, North American Limited-Service, and Asia Pacific segments. It operates its properties under the JW Marriott, The Ritz-Carlton, Ritz-Carlton Reserve, W Hotels, The Luxury Collection, St. Regis, EDITION, Bulgari, Marriott Hotels, Sheraton, Delta Hotels, Marriott Executive Apartments, Marriott Vacation Club, Westin, Renaissance, Le Méridien, Autograph Collection, Gaylord Hotels, Tribute Portfolio, Design Hotels, Courtyard, Residence Inn, Fairfield by Marriott, SpringHill Suites, Four Points, TownePlace Suites, Aloft, AC Hotels by Marriott, Protea Hotels, Element, and Moxy brand names. As of April 10, 2019, it operated approximately 7,000 properties under 30 hotel brands in 130 countries and territories. Marriott International, Inc. was founded in 1927 and is headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland.

About Wyndham Hotels & Resorts

Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, Inc. operates as a hotel franchisor worldwide. The company licenses its hotel brands, including Super 8, Days Inn, Ramada, Microtel Inn & Suites, La Quinta, Wingate, AmericInn, Hawthorn Suites, The Trademark Collection, and Wyndham to hotel owners in approximately 80 countries. Its Hotel Franchising segments licenses its lodging brands and provides related services to third-party hotel owners and others. The company's Hotel Management segment provides hotel management services for full-service and limited service hotels. Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, Inc. operates a portfolio of 20 hotel brands with approximately 9,200 franchised hotels with 810,000 rooms; and manages hotels, including 438 third-party-owned properties and 2 owned properties. It is also involved in the loyalty program business. The company was incorporated in 2017 and is headquartered in Parsippany, New Jersey.

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