Hospitality Properties Trust Stock Upgraded (HPT)

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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Hospitality Properties (NYSE: HPT) has been upgraded by TheStreet Ratings from hold to buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels, increase in net income, growth in earnings per share and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity.

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Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • The revenue growth came in higher than the industry average of 6.3%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 19.4%. This growth in revenue appears to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, improving the earnings per share.
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has exceeded that of the S&P 500 and greatly outperformed compared to the Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) industry average. The net income increased by 23.0% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, going from $26.63 million to $32.75 million.
  • HOSPITALITY PROPERTIES TRUST has improved earnings per share by 26.7% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. This company has not demonstrated a clear trend in earnings over the past two years, making it difficult to accurately predict earnings for the coming year. During the past fiscal year, HOSPITALITY PROPERTIES TRUST reported lower earnings of $0.73 versus $0.84 in the prior year.
  • In its most recent trading session, HPT has closed at a price level that was not very different from its closing price of one year earlier. This is probably due to its weak earnings growth as well as other mixed factors. Turning our attention to the future direction of the stock, it goes without saying that even the best stocks can fall in an overall down market. However, in any other environment, this stock still has good upside potential despite the fact that it has already risen in the past year.

Hospitality Properties Trust, a real estate investment trust (REIT), engages in buying, owning, and leasing hotels. Shares are down 1.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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