Critical Review: RLJ Lodging Trust (NYSE:RLJ) & LSL Property Services (OTCMKTS:LSLPF)


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RLJ Lodging Trust (NYSE:RLJ) and LSL Property Services (OTCMKTS:LSLPF) are both finance companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, dividends, risk, earnings, profitability and valuation.

Risk & Volatility

RLJ Lodging Trust has a beta of 2.16, indicating that its stock price is 116% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, LSL Property Services has a beta of 0.95, indicating that its stock price is 5% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares RLJ Lodging Trust and LSL Property Services’ revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
RLJ Lodging Trust $1.57 billion 1.68 $127.84 million $2.03 7.84
LSL Property Services N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

RLJ Lodging Trust has higher revenue and earnings than LSL Property Services.

Profitability

This table compares RLJ Lodging Trust and LSL Property Services’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
RLJ Lodging Trust -38.79% -10.73% -4.80%
LSL Property Services N/A N/A N/A

Insider & Institutional Ownership

87.8% of RLJ Lodging Trust shares are held by institutional investors. 1.6% of RLJ Lodging Trust shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and price targets for RLJ Lodging Trust and LSL Property Services, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
RLJ Lodging Trust 1 5 6 0 2.42
LSL Property Services 0 1 0 0 2.00

RLJ Lodging Trust currently has a consensus target price of $13.86, suggesting a potential downside of 12.86%. Given RLJ Lodging Trust’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, research analysts clearly believe RLJ Lodging Trust is more favorable than LSL Property Services.

Summary

RLJ Lodging Trust beats LSL Property Services on 7 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

About RLJ Lodging Trust

RLJ Lodging Trust is a self-advised, publicly traded real estate investment trust that owns primarily premium-branded, high-margin, focused-service and compact full-service hotels. The Company's portfolio consists of 103 hotels with approximately 22,570 rooms, located in 23 states and the District of Columbia and an ownership interest in one unconsolidated hotel with 171 rooms.

About LSL Property Services

LSL Property Services plc provides residential property services for lenders, buyers and sellers of residential properties, tenants, and landlords in the United Kingdom. It operates through three segments: Estate Agency; Financial Services; and Surveying and Valuation Services. The Estate Agency segment is involved in the sale and letting of residential properties; operation of a network of high street branches; and provision of repossession and asset management services. This segment also provides marketing and conveyancing services. The Financial Services segment arranges mortgages for various lenders; and pure protection and general insurance policies for a panel of insurance companies. The Surveying and Valuation Services segment provides valuations and professional survey services of residential properties. The company also offers panel and property management services. LSL Property Services plc was incorporated in 2004 and is headquartered in London, the United Kingdom.

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