Pebblebrook Hotel Trust (PEB): Keep paying attention to its insider activity

Pebblebrook Hotel Trust (NYSE:PEB) saw an upside of 2.41% to close Thursday at $22.95 after adding $0.54 on the day. The 5-day average trading volume is 882,799 shares of the company’s common stock. It has gained $24.26 in the past week and touched a new high 1 time within the past 5 days. An average of 1,012,070 shares of the company has been traded in the last 20 days, and the 50-day average volume stands at 1,000,298.

PEB’s 1-month performance is 1.72% or $0.63 on its low of $21.02 reached on 09/09/21. The company’s shares have touched a 52-week low of $11.68 and high of $26.42, with the stock’s rally to the 52-week high happening on 03/18/21. YTD, PEB has achieved 19.20% or $4.05 and has reached a new high 22 times. However, the current price is down -13.13%% from the 52-week high price.

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Insider Transactions

On Sep 29, 2 days have gone by since the last insider trading activity for Pebblebrook Hotel Trust (PEB). BORTZ JON E (Chairman, President and CEO) most recently sold 20,000 shares at $24.75 per share on Sep 29. This transaction cost the insider $495,000. Exec VP, CFO, Treasurer, Secre, Martz Raymond D, sold 9,266 shares at a price of $23.73 on Mar 03. Then, on Mar 03, EVP, Chief Investment Officer Fisher Thomas Charles sold 9,266 shares at a price of $23.66 per share. This transaction amounted to $219,234.

Valuation Metrics

Pebblebrook Hotel Trust (PEB) has a trailing price-to-earnings (P/E) ratio of 20.07 for the broader industry and 37.35 for the sector, meaning that investors are optimistic about the stock’s future prospects. The company’s PE ratio for the last five years has touched a high of 121.82 and a low of 9.516. PEB stock has a beta of 2.00. Moving on to other valuation ratios, the trailing price-to-sales (P/S) ratio is 7.36 while the price-to-book (PB) in the most recent quarter is 0.91.

Pebblebrook Hotel Trust pays an annual dividend of $0.04 per share. Its dividend yield is 0.17%. PEB paid $0.01 a share compared with prior rate of $0.01, down 0.0% from last year’s. The company has boosted its dividend for the last 1 consecutive years with the latest dividend decrease of $0.37 reported on Tuesday March 17 2020. Measured over the last 3 years, the Dividend has been growing by -97.37% yearly.

It is projected that Pebblebrook Hotel Trust’s next ex-dividend date will be on 30-Dec. PEB is expected to distribute $0.01 as its next dividend.

As well, the company’s long term debt to equity for the quarter ending June 29 was 0.68, while the total debt to equity was 0.72. In terms of profitability, the gross margin trailing 12 months is 20.30% while for the period ending June 29; Pebblebrook Hotel Trust’s operating margin was -77.10%. The firm’s gross profit as reported stood at -$292.71 million against revenue of $442.89 million.

The effectiveness of a company’s management is also important for investors when it comes to determining the potential profitability of the investment. Pebblebrook Hotel Trust’s return on assets over the past 12 months stands at -7.50%. Return on investment over the past year is -5.20%, while its return on equity (ROE) trailing 12 months is -14.20%. In comparison, the average ROE for the broader industry over the past year is 4.65.

Earnings Surprise

For the quarterly period ending June 29 this year, Net income and sales went up compared to those figures reported in the previous quarter. Net income grew 86.17% to $163.31 million, while revenue of $83.64 million was 48.78% off the previous quarter. Analysts expected PEB to announce -$0.43 per share in earnings in its latest quarter, but it posted -$0.07, representing a 83.70% surprise. EBITDA for the quarter stood at more than $85.28 million. PEB stock balance sheet for the quarter ending June 29 shows that, with total debt at $2.61 billion

Technical Picture

Let’s look briefly at Pebblebrook Hotel Trust (PEB) price momentum from a technical analysis perspective. The 9-day relative strength index as at close on 30 September was 54.66% to suggest the stock is trending Neutral, with historical volatility in this time period at 24.14%.

The stock’s 5-day moving average is $23.03, reflecting a -1.97% or -$0.46 change from its current price. PEB is currently trading +3.25% above its 20-day SMA, +2.24% above its 100-day SMA. However, the stock’s current price level is away from the SMA50 and SMA200 by -0.17% and +22.26% respectively.

Stochastic %K and %D was 49.03% and 58.63% and the average true range (ATR) pointed at 0.69. The RSI (14) points at 55.24%, while the 14-day stochastic is at 47.39% with the period’s ATR at 0.70. The stock’s 9-day MACD Oscillator is pointing at -0.24 and 0.02 on the 14-day charts.

Analyst Ratings

In the most recent analyst report for Pebblebrook Hotel Trust (NYSE: PEB), Evercore ISI upgraded it to an In-line rating. They previously had an Underperform rating on the stock. Analysts offering their rating for PEB stock have a consensus rating for the stock as Hold. Currently, 1 brokerage advisors rate PEB as a “sell,”, while 10 advise that investors “Hold.” 0 analysts have rated the stock as underweight. 0 rates the stock as overweight while 4 have offered a “buy” rating.

What is PEB’s price target for the next 12 months?

Analysts have a consensus price target ranging from a low of $19.50 and a high of $28.00, with their median price target at $25.50. Looking at these predictions, the average price target given by analysts is for Pebblebrook Hotel Trust (PEB) stock is $25.31.


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