Extended Stay America (NYSE: STAY) and 7 DAYS GROUP HOLDINGS LIMITED (NYSE:SVN) are both cyclical consumer goods & services companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, profitability, risk, analyst recommendations, valuation, earnings and institutional ownership.

Dividends

Extended Stay America pays an annual dividend of $0.84 per share and has a dividend yield of 5.1%. 7 DAYS GROUP HOLDINGS LIMITED does not pay a dividend. Extended Stay America pays out 215.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. Extended Stay America has increased its dividend for 2 consecutive years.

Profitability

This table compares Extended Stay America and 7 DAYS GROUP HOLDINGS LIMITED’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Extended Stay America 5.83% 14.53% 4.74%
7 DAYS GROUP HOLDINGS LIMITED N/A N/A N/A

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings for Extended Stay America and 7 DAYS GROUP HOLDINGS LIMITED, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Extended Stay America 0 1 7 0 2.88
7 DAYS GROUP HOLDINGS LIMITED 0 0 0 0 N/A

Extended Stay America currently has a consensus price target of $20.53, suggesting a potential upside of 23.98%.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

99.5% of Extended Stay America shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.6% of Extended Stay America shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Extended Stay America and 7 DAYS GROUP HOLDINGS LIMITED’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Extended Stay America $1.27 billion 2.51 $69.93 million $0.39 42.46
7 DAYS GROUP HOLDINGS LIMITED N/A N/A N/A $0.53 N/A

Extended Stay America has higher revenue and earnings than 7 DAYS GROUP HOLDINGS LIMITED. 7 DAYS GROUP HOLDINGS LIMITED is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Extended Stay America, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Summary

Extended Stay America beats 7 DAYS GROUP HOLDINGS LIMITED on 9 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

Extended Stay America Company Profile

Extended Stay America, Inc. is a owner/operator of company-branded hotels in North America. The Company operates in the extended stay lodging industry. The Company owns and operates approximately 700 hotel properties consisting of approximately 75,900 rooms located in 44 states across the United States of America and in Canada. The Company owns and operates hotels under the core brand, Extended Stay America. In addition, the Company owns and operates three Extended Stay Canada hotels, 49 hotels in the economy extended stay segment under the Crossland Economy Studios and Hometown Inn brands, and also manage two Extended Stay America hotels.

7 DAYS GROUP HOLDINGS LIMITED Company Profile

7 Days Group Holdings Limited (7 Days Inn) is an offshore holding company structure and conducts its operations in the People’s Republic of China through its wholly owned subsidiary, 7 Days Inn (Shenzhen) Co., Ltd. (7 Days Shenzhen), and its subsidiaries and branches. The Company converts and operates limited service economy hotels across metropolitan areas in the People’s Republic of China. It offers accommodations and services. As of December 31, 2010, it had 568 hotels in operation, 247 of which were managed hotels, with 56,410 hotel rooms in 89 cities, and an additional 197 hotels with 19,345 hotel rooms under conversion. As of December 31, 2010, approximately 16.5 million members were registered with its 7 Days Club. In December 2011, the Company acquired Hunan Huatian Star Hotel Management Limited.

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