Nomura Securities Downgrades Host Hotels (HST) and Hyatt Hotels (H) to Neutral

October 25, 2016 2:38 PM EDT
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Price: $17.74 -2.21%

Rating Summary:
    7 Buy, 19 Hold, 2 Sell

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Today's Overall Ratings:
    Up: 11 | Down: 31 | New: 42
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Nomura Securities downgraded Host Hotels (NYSE: HST) from Buy to Neutral with a price target of $16.00 (from $19.00). Hyatt Hotels (NYSE: H) was downgraded from Buy to Neutral with a price target of $54 (from $59). Analyst Harry C. Curtis said he was downgrading due to "asset-heavy business models."

"Our lower outlook for 2.7% RevPAR growth in 2017 should drive 7-8% EBITDA and FCF growth for Buy-rated asset-light business models. From current prices, we expect total returns of 17-19% for HLT and MAR, which assumes zero multiple expansion. For asset-heavy(ier) models like HST and H, 2.7% RevPAR generates little EBITDA growth due to cost pressures. Their multiples are unlikely to expand this late in the cycle, so total return is limited to ~6%, thus the Neutral ratings," said Curtis.

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Shares of Host Hotels closed at $15.54 yesterday.



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