Reviewing Colony NorthStar (NYSE:CLNS) and Braemar Hotels & Resorts (NYSE:BHR)

Colony NorthStar (NYSE:CLNS) and Braemar Hotels & Resorts (NYSE:BHR) are both finance companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, profitability, analyst recommendations, risk, valuation, institutional ownership and earnings.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

83.3% of Colony NorthStar shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 72.0% of Braemar Hotels & Resorts shares are held by institutional investors. 7.8% of Colony NorthStar shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 8.9% of Braemar Hotels & Resorts shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Dividends

Colony NorthStar pays an annual dividend of $0.44 per share. Braemar Hotels & Resorts pays an annual dividend of $0.64 per share and has a dividend yield of 6.6%. Braemar Hotels & Resorts pays out 41.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations for Colony NorthStar and Braemar Hotels & Resorts, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Colony NorthStar 0 0 0 0 N/A
Braemar Hotels & Resorts 0 0 3 0 3.00

Braemar Hotels & Resorts has a consensus price target of $15.00, suggesting a potential upside of 54.16%.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Colony NorthStar and Braemar Hotels & Resorts’ revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Colony NorthStar N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Braemar Hotels & Resorts $431.40 million 0.74 $1.32 million $1.55 6.28

Braemar Hotels & Resorts has higher revenue and earnings than Colony NorthStar.

Profitability

This table compares Colony NorthStar and Braemar Hotels & Resorts’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Colony NorthStar N/A N/A N/A
Braemar Hotels & Resorts -5.86% -7.26% -1.57%

Summary

Colony NorthStar beats Braemar Hotels & Resorts on 5 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

Colony NorthStar Company Profile

Colony NorthStar, Inc. (NYSE:CLNS) is a leading global real estate and investment management firm. The Company resulted from the January 2017 merger between Colony Capital, Inc., NorthStar Asset Management Group Inc. and NorthStar Realty Finance Corp. The Company has significant property holdings in the healthcare, industrial and hospitality sectors, other equity and debt investments and an embedded institutional and retail investment management business. The Company currently has assets under management of $43 billion and manages capital on behalf of its stockholders, as well as institutional and retail investors in private funds, non-traded and traded real estate investment trusts and registered investment companies. In addition, the Company owns NorthStar Securities, LLC, a captive broker-dealer platform which raises capital in the retail market. The firm maintains principal offices in Los Angeles and New York, with more than 500 employees in offices located across 18 cities in ten countries. The Company will elect to be taxed as a REIT for U.S. federal income tax purposes. For additional information regarding the Company and its management and business, please refer to www.clns.com.

Braemar Hotels & Resorts Company Profile

Braemar Hotels & Resorts is a conservatively capitalized REIT that invests primarily in high RevPAR, full-service luxury hotels and resorts. We are listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol BHR and are externally-advised by Ashford (NYSE American: AINC).

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