Investing In Braemar Hotels & Resorts, Inc. (NYSE:BHR): What You Need To Know

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Braemar Hotels & Resorts, Inc. is a US$482m small-cap, real estate investment trust (REIT) based in Dallas, United States. REITs own and operate income-generating property and adhere to a different set of regulations. This impacts how BHR’s business operates and also how we should analyse its stock. I’ll take you through some of the key metrics you should use in order to properly assess BHR.

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Funds from Operations (FFO) is a higher quality measure of BHR’s earnings compared to net income. This term is very common in the REIT investing world as it provides a cleaner look at its cash flow from daily operations by excluding impact of one-off activities or non-cash items such as depreciation. For BHR, its FFO of US$71m makes up 57% of its gross profit, which means the majority of its earnings are high-quality and recurring.

NYSE:BHR Historical Debt, February 25th 2019
NYSE:BHR Historical Debt, February 25th 2019

BHR’s financial stability can be gauged by seeing how much its FFO generated each year can cover its total amount of debt. The higher the coverage, the less risky BHR is, broadly speaking, to have debt on its books. The metric I’ll be using, FFO-to-debt, also estimates the time it will take for the company to repay its debt with its FFO. With a ratio of 8.6%, the credit rating agency Standard & Poor would consider this as aggressive risk. This would take BHR 11.63 years to pay off using just operating income, which is a long time, and risk increases with time. But realistically, companies have many levers to pull in order to pay back their debt, beyond operating income alone.

Next, interest coverage ratio shows how many times BHR’s earnings can cover its annual interest payments. Usually the ratio is calculated using EBIT, but for REITs, it’s better to use FFO divided by net interest. This is similar to the above concept, but looks at the nearer-term obligations. With an interest coverage ratio of 1.65x, BHR is not generating an appropriate amount of cash from its borrowings. Typically, a ratio of greater than 3x is seen as safe.

I also use FFO to look at BHR’s valuation relative to other REITs in United States by using the price-to-FFO metric. This is conceptually the same as the price-to-earnings (PE) ratio, but as previously mentioned, FFO is more suitable. In BHR’s case its P/FFO is 6.83x, compared to the long-term industry average of 16.5x, meaning that it is undervalued.

Next Steps:

As a REIT, Braemar Hotels & Resorts offers some unique characteristics which could help diversify your portfolio. However, before you decide on whether or not to invest in BHR, I highly recommend taking a look at other aspects of the stock to consider:

  1. Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for BHR’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for BHR’s outlook.
  2. Valuation: What is BHR worth today? Is the stock undervalued, even when its growth outlook is factored into its intrinsic value? The intrinsic value infographic in our free research report helps visualize whether BHR is currently mispriced by the market.
  3. Other High-Performing Stocks: Are there other stocks that provide better prospects with proven track records? Explore our free list of these great stocks here.

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