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- For the first time in nearly a year, writes Susan Persin, weekly U.S. RevPAR fell as of April 4, and results were mixed for the following week, with lower occupancy offsetting ADR growth.
- According to STR, which compiles the data, the RevPAR weakness is likely temporary thanks to Passover and Easter. The company notes fundamentals - an improving economy, low gasoline prices, and limited supply - remain in place.
- Could be, says Persin, but investors - eyeing the strong dollar and its effect on foreign travel to the U.S. - had turned somewhat negative on the previously hot sector before April's data. Host Hotels and Resorts (NYSE:HST) is the largest lodging REIT by far, contributing more than 25% of the sector's market cap. Its stock peaked in December and is lower by 14.3% YTD, despite a Q4 earnings beat and raised guidance.
- There's also supply concerns, with the 126K rooms under construction in March up 23% from a year ago. NYC has the largest number of rooms under construction/planned, followed by Houston, Miami, and Chicago.
- Other sector names: Hospitality Properties (NYSE:HPT), Ashford Hospitality (NYSE:AHT), Strategic Hotels (NYSE:BEE), Sunstone Hotel (NYSE:SHO), LaSalle Hotel (NYSE:LHO), Pebblebrook Hotel (NYSE:PEB), Chesapeake Lodging (NYSE:CHSP), Summit Hotels (NYSE:INN), RLJ Lodging (NYSE:RLJ), Chatham Lodging (NYSE:CLDT), Hersha Hospitality (NYSE:HT).
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- The lodging names are still underperformers vs. the broader REIT sector this year (after strong outperformance in 2013 and 2014), but Credit Suisse's bullish Ian Weissman notes the hotel stocks had a 2nd consecutive good week of double-digit RevPAR growth which should help calm growth concerns.
- He still likes the lodging REITs, with RLJ Lodging (RLJ -0.3%), Strategic Hotels and Resorts (BEE +0.8%), and LaSalle Hotel Properties (LHO +0.6%) his favorites.
- Turning to mall owners in the wake of Macerich's (MAC -1.5%) rejection of Simon Properties' (SPG +0.7%) bid, Weissman thinks the time is right to get more aggressive on A mall cap rates, and the owners of the majority of them in the U.S. - with General Growth Properties (GGP +0.9%), Taubman Centers (TCO +0.3%), and Westfield (OTCPK:WFGPY +1.9%) joining Macerich and Simon. Taubman and Simon are his favorites.
- Source: Barron's
Wed, Mar. 25, 9:48 AM
- Downgraded to Reduce from Neutral are DiamondRock Hospitality (DRH -1.3%), FelCor Lodging (FCH -1.8%), Hersha Hospitality Trust (HT -2.5%), Host Hotels and Resorts (HST -0.9%), and LaSalle Hotel (LHO -1.5%).
- Cut to Neutral from Buy is Starwood Hotels (HOT -0.9%).
- For what it's worth, Starwood - the only one of the group rated a Buy before today - has about the worst performance of the bunch over the last year, ahead about 6% (Hersha is up just 5%, and the rest are up by far more).
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- The 10-year Treasury yield has tumbled back beneath 2% amid Janet Yellen's congressional testimony and some weak economic data, but there's no bid for income favorites like equity REITs.
- The iShares DJ U.S. Real Estate ETF (IYR -1.9%).
- Realty Income (O -2.9%), National Retail Properties (NNN -2.7%), Senior Housing Properties (SNH -2.2%), Ventas (VTR -3.8%), HCP (HCP -3.6%), Equity Commonwealth (EQC -2.3%), Vornado (VNO -1.9%), Equity Residential (EQR -2.5%), AvalonBay (AVB -2.7%), Simon Property (SPG -1.8%), General Growth (GGP -2.1%), Kimco (KIM -3%), Sovran Self Storage (SSS -2%), Boston Properties (BXP -2%), Hospitality Properties (HPT -2.7%), LaSalle Hotel (LHO -2.8%), Liberty Property Trust (LPT -2.7%), American Campus Communities (ACC -1.7%).
- ETFs: IYR, VNQ, DRN, URE, SRS, ICF, SCHH, RWR, KBWY, DRV, REK, FRI, FTY, PSR, WREI
Thu, Feb. 19, 11:25 AM
- Maybe priced for perfection after big runs over the past couple of years, hotel REITs are pulling back after an earnings miss from Lasalle Hotel Properties (LHO -4.3%) and middling guidance from Host Hotels and Resorts (HST -5.4%).
- Hospitality Properties (HPT -1.5%), Ashford Hospitality (AHT -1.2%), Strategic Hotels (BEE -0.9%), Pebblebrook Hotel Trust (PEB -1.7%), Summit Hotel (INN -2.2%), RLJ Lodging (RLJ -2.3%), Chatham Lodging (CLDT -1.1%).
- Bucking the trend is Hersha Hospitality Trust (HT +1.1%) after beating Q4 consensus.
- Previously: Credit Suisse takes profits on Pebblebrook Hotel (Feb. 18)
Wed, Feb. 18, 4:36 PM
- Q4 adjusted FFO of $63M or $0.59 per share vs. $55.8M and $0.55 one year ago.
- RevPAR of $181.49 up 7.7% Y/Y. EBITDA margin of 32% up 163 basis points.
- CEO Michael Barnello: "U.S. lodging demand continued to exceed our expectations, with its growth rate accelerating during each successive quarter in 2014."
- 2015 outlook: RevPAR growth of 4.5-6.5%. Hotel EBITDA margin increase of 50-150 bps. Adjusted FFO per share of $2.67-$2.84 vs. $2.58 in 2014.
- Updated investor presentation
- Earnings call tomorrow at 11 ET
- Previously: LaSalle Hotel Properties misses by $0.01, revenue in-line (Feb. 18)
- LHO flat after hours
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Tue, Jan. 6, 2:30 PM
- Equity REIT names are higher nearly across the board as the 10-year Treasury yield tumbles below 2%, but the hotel REITs aren't joining in the fun, suggesting maybe plunging oil prices (now at $47.76 per barrel) are foreshadowing a weak economy?
- Ashford Hospitality (AHT -1.9%), Strategic Hotels (BEE -1.3%), LaSalle Hotel (LHO -0.9%), Chesapeake Lodging (CHSP -1.7%), Summit Hotel (INN -1.2%).
- Previously: Equity REITs add to gains as long-term yields dive (Jan. 6)
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LaSalle Hotel Properties is a real estate investment trust. The Company's business includes buying, owing, redeveloping & leasing mainly upscale & luxury full-service hotels located in convention, resort & urban business markets.
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