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You May Have Been Looking At Xenia Hotels & Resorts, Inc. (NYSE:XHR) All Wrong

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Xenia Hotels & Resorts, Inc. is a US$2.5b mid-cap, real estate investment trust (REIT) based in Orlando, United States. REITs are basically a portfolio of income-producing real estate investments, which are owned and operated by management of that trust company. They have to meet certain requirements in order to become a REIT, meaning they should be analyzed a different way. Below, I'll look at a few important metrics to keep in mind as part of your research on XHR.

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Funds from Operations (FFO) is a higher quality measure of XHR'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 XHR, its FFO of US$254m makes up 80% of its gross profit, which means the majority of its earnings are high-quality and recurring.

NYSE:XHR Historical Debt, July 16th 2019

Robust financial health can be measured using a common metric in the REIT investing world, FFO-to-debt. The calculation roughly estimates how long it will take for XHR to repay debt on its balance sheet, which gives us insight into how much risk is associated with having that level of debt on its books. With a ratio of 22%, the credit rating agency Standard & Poor would consider this as aggressive risk. This would take XHR 4.54 years to pay off using operating income alone. Given that long-term debt is a multi-year commitment this is not unusual, however, the longer it takes for a company to pay back debt, the higher the risk associated with that company.

Next, interest coverage ratio shows how many times XHR’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 4.95x, it’s safe to say XHR is generating an appropriate amount of cash from its borrowings.

In terms of valuing XHR, FFO can also be used as a form of relative valuation. Instead of the P/E ratio, P/FFO is used instead, which is very common for REIT stocks. XHR's price-to-FFO is 9.66x, compared to the long-term industry average of 16.5x, meaning that it is undervalued.

Next Steps:

In this article, I've taken a look at Funds from Operations using various metrics, but it is certainly not sufficient to derive an investment decision based on this value alone. Xenia Hotels & Resorts can bring about diversification for your portfolio, but before you decide to invest, take a look at the other aspects you must consider before investing:

  1. Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for XHR’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for XHR’s outlook.
  2. Valuation: What is XHR 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 XHR is currently mispriced by the market.
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