Many stocks have been testing new highs in 2020, and one of the most notable is RLJ Lodging Trust (RLJ). Currently, RLJ is trading at $14.97 and the avg recommendation for the stock is Moderate Buy. while the current analyst price target stands at $10.40.
To add more color to this target, the company’s high over the last year is $18.37 and the low is $3.88. Over the last 52 weeks, RLJ is down -18.51% while the S&P 500 is up 1.21%. The catalyst for this interesting swing was the company’s recent earnings report.
A Notable Earnings Report
In the last quarter, RLJ reported a profit of $-12.4 million. RLJ Lodging Trust also saw revenues decrease to $265.48 million. In addition, RLJ has free cash flow of -$0.96 million as of 03-2020 The company’s EBITDA came in at $39.9 million which compares well with its peers.
RLJ booked profit margins of 3.10%, its Return on Equity (ROE) is 1.60%, and its Return on Assets is 0.80%. All told, it is clear that, RLJ needs to be on your watchlist.
About RLJ Lodging Trust
If readers are unfamiliar, RLJ Lodging Trust is a self-advised, publicly traded real estate investment trust that owns primarily premium-branded, high-margin, focused-service and compact full-service hotels. The Company’s portfolio consists of 103 hotels with approximately 22,570 rooms, located in 23 states and the District of Columbia and an ownership interest in one unconsolidated hotel with 171 rooms.
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Of course, we must look beyond the financials and question how well those numbers represent the sustainable earnings power of the business. Investors need to know how sustainable this current run. RLJ has a short ratio of 4.82 and outstanding shares of 167.15M.
RLJ has seen increased volume after this news and investors are putting their support behind the value proposition. Furthermore, 10-day volume stands at 3.18 million and more growth is possible in the weeks ahead. Traders will also note the company’s earnings per share came in at 0.31. Investors should also keep an eye on sector updates as RLJ has historically followed its peers on positive news.
All told, RLJ Lodging Trust RLJ has strung together solid data and demonstrated underlying fundamentals. At its current valuation, RLJ represents an interesting risk/reward case. Traders should stay tuned to see if this recent report will push the stock to test recent resistance levels.
RLJ Lodging Trust RLJ is now commanding a market cap of 2.50B and a float of 162.70M. RLJ is increasing its credibility in this sector and that could lead to more upside down the line. Sign-up for continuing coverage on shares of RLJ stock, as well as other hot stock picks, get our free newsletter today and get our next breakout pick!
Disclosure: we hold no position in RLJ, either long or short, and we have not been compensated for this article.