Recent Analysts’ Ratings Updates for Starwood Property Trust (STWD)

Starwood Property Trust (NYSE: STWD) recently received a number of ratings updates from brokerages and research firms:

  • 11/1/2017 – Starwood Property Trust was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating. According to Zacks, “Starwood Property Trust, Inc. is a newly formed company that is focused primarily on originating, investing in, financing and managing commercial mortgage loans and other commercial real estate-related debt investments. Starwood Property Trust, Inc. will be externally managed and advised by SPT Management, LLC, an affiliate of Starwood Capital Group and intends to elect to be taxed as a real estate investment trust (REIT) for U.S. federal income tax purposes. “
  • 10/26/2017 – Starwood Property Trust was downgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating.
  • 10/25/2017 – Starwood Property Trust was upgraded by analysts at Compass Point from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating.
  • 10/20/2017 – Starwood Property Trust was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating.
  • 10/11/2017 – Starwood Property Trust was downgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating. According to Zacks, “Starwood Property Trust, Inc. is a newly formed company that is focused primarily on originating, investing in, financing and managing commercial mortgage loans and other commercial real estate-related debt investments. Starwood Property Trust, Inc. will be externally managed and advised by SPT Management, LLC, an affiliate of Starwood Capital Group and intends to elect to be taxed as a real estate investment trust (REIT) for U.S. federal income tax purposes. “
  • 10/3/2017 – Starwood Property Trust was downgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating.
  • 10/2/2017 – Starwood Property Trust was upgraded by analysts at ValuEngine from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating.
  • 9/28/2017 – Starwood Property Trust was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating. According to Zacks, “Starwood Property Trust, Inc. is a newly formed company that is focused primarily on originating, investing in, financing and managing commercial mortgage loans and other commercial real estate-related debt investments. Starwood Property Trust, Inc. will be externally managed and advised by SPT Management, LLC, an affiliate of Starwood Capital Group and intends to elect to be taxed as a real estate investment trust (REIT) for U.S. federal income tax purposes. “
  • 9/27/2017 – Starwood Property Trust was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating.
  • 9/13/2017 – Starwood Property Trust was downgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating.
  • 9/12/2017 – Starwood Property Trust was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating. According to Zacks, “Starwood Property Trust, Inc. is a newly formed company that is focused primarily on originating, investing in, financing and managing commercial mortgage loans and other commercial real estate-related debt investments. Starwood Property Trust, Inc. will be externally managed and advised by SPT Management, LLC, an affiliate of Starwood Capital Group and intends to elect to be taxed as a real estate investment trust (REIT) for U.S. federal income tax purposes. “
  • 9/12/2017 – Starwood Property Trust was downgraded by analysts at ValuEngine from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating.
  • 9/6/2017 – Starwood Property Trust was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating. According to Zacks, “Starwood Property Trust, Inc. is a newly formed company that is focused primarily on originating, investing in, financing and managing commercial mortgage loans and other commercial real estate-related debt investments. Starwood Property Trust, Inc. will be externally managed and advised by SPT Management, LLC, an affiliate of Starwood Capital Group and intends to elect to be taxed as a real estate investment trust (REIT) for U.S. federal income tax purposes. “

Starwood Property Trust (NYSE:STWD) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, August 9th. The real estate investment trust reported $0.52 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.51 by $0.01. The company had revenue of $211.57 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $244.13 million. Starwood Property Trust had a net margin of 55.89% and a return on equity of 11.39%. During the same period in the prior year, the company posted $0.50 EPS.

The business also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, October 13th. Stockholders of record on Friday, September 29th were given a dividend of $0.48 per share. This represents a $1.92 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 8.93%. The ex-dividend date was Thursday, September 28th. Starwood Property Trust’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 109.09%.

In other news, COO Andrew Jay Sossen sold 11,270 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, September 19th. The shares were sold at an average price of $21.94, for a total transaction of $247,263.80. Following the transaction, the chief operating officer now directly owns 108,258 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $2,375,180.52. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is accessible through this hyperlink. Also, CFO Rina Paniry sold 6,867 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, September 19th. The stock was sold at an average price of $21.96, for a total transaction of $150,799.32. Following the transaction, the chief financial officer now directly owns 100,026 shares in the company, valued at $2,196,570.96. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Company insiders own 2.40% of the company’s stock.

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