Financial Analysis: Hersha Hospitality Trust (NYSE:HT) versus Global Self Storage (NYSE:SELF)

Hersha Hospitality Trust (NYSE:HT) and Global Self Storage (NASDAQ:SELF) are both small-cap finance companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, risk, profitability, valuation, analyst recommendations, dividends and institutional ownership.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

93.2% of Hersha Hospitality Trust shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 13.8% of Global Self Storage shares are held by institutional investors. 11.8% of Hersha Hospitality Trust shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 7.2% of Global Self Storage shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Hersha Hospitality Trust and Global Self Storage’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Hersha Hospitality Trust $495.06 million 1.09 $9.99 million $2.20 6.37
Global Self Storage $8.11 million 3.99 $620,000.00 N/A N/A

Hersha Hospitality Trust has higher revenue and earnings than Global Self Storage.

Risk & Volatility

Hersha Hospitality Trust has a beta of 1.3, suggesting that its share price is 30% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Global Self Storage has a beta of 0.6, suggesting that its share price is 40% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

Hersha Hospitality Trust pays an annual dividend of $1.12 per share and has a dividend yield of 8.0%. Global Self Storage pays an annual dividend of $0.26 per share and has a dividend yield of 6.2%. Hersha Hospitality Trust pays out 50.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Profitability

This table compares Hersha Hospitality Trust and Global Self Storage’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Hersha Hospitality Trust 0.36% 0.21% 0.09%
Global Self Storage 7.63% 1.76% 1.11%

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current recommendations for Hersha Hospitality Trust and Global Self Storage, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Hersha Hospitality Trust 4 3 1 0 1.63
Global Self Storage 0 0 0 0 N/A

Hersha Hospitality Trust presently has a consensus target price of $14.20, suggesting a potential upside of 1.36%. Given Hersha Hospitality Trust’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Hersha Hospitality Trust is more favorable than Global Self Storage.

Summary

Hersha Hospitality Trust beats Global Self Storage on 8 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Hersha Hospitality Trust

Hersha Hospitality Trust (HT) is a self-advised real estate investment trust in the hospitality sector, which owns and operates high quality upscale, luxury and lifestyle hotels in urban gateway markets and coastal destinations. The Company's 48 hotels totaling 7,644 rooms are located in New York, Washington, DC, Boston, Philadelphia, South Florida and select markets on the West Coast. The Company's common shares are traded on The New York Stock Exchange under the ticker “HT”.

About Global Self Storage

Global Self Storage, Inc. is a self-administered and self-managed REIT that owns, operates, manages, acquires, develops and redevelops self storage properties in the United States. The Company's self storage properties are designed to offer affordable, easily accessible and secure storage space for residential and commercial customers. It currently owns and operates, through its wholly owned subsidiaries, eleven self storage properties located in Connecticut, Illinois, Indiana, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and South Carolina.

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