3 Hold-Rated Dividend Stocks: MAA, RPAI, CQP - TheStreet

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TheStreet Ratings' stock model projects a stock's total return potential over a 12-month period including both price appreciation and dividends. Our Buy, Hold or Sell ratings designate how we expect these stocks to perform against a general benchmark of the equities market and interest rates.

While plenty of high-yield opportunities exist, investors must always consider the safety of their dividend and the total return potential of their investment. It is not uncommon for a struggling company to suspend high-yielding dividends which could subsequently result in precipitous share price declines.

TheStreet Ratings' stock rating model views dividends favorably, but not so much that other factors are disregarded. Our model gauges the relationship between risk and reward in several ways, including: the pricing drawdown as compared to potential profit volatility, i.e. how much one is willing to risk in order to earn profits?; the level of acceptable volatility for highly performing stocks; the current valuation as compared to projected earnings growth; and the financial strength of the underlying company as compared to its stock's valuation as compared to its stock's performance.

These and many more derived observations are then combined, ranked, weighted, and scenario-tested to create a more complete analysis. The result is a systematic and disciplined method of selecting stocks. As always, stock ratings should not be treated as gospel — rather, use them as a starting point for your own research.

The following pages contain our analysis of 3 stocks with substantial yields, that ultimately, we have rated "Hold."

Mid-America Apartment Communities

Dividend Yield: 4.10%

Mid-America Apartment Communities

(NYSE:

MAA

) shares currently have a dividend yield of 4.10%.

Mid-America Apartment Communities, Inc. is an independent real estate investment trust. The firm invests in the real estate markets of the United States. It is engaged in acquisition, redevelopment, new development, property management, and disposition of multifamily apartment communities. The company has a P/E ratio of 75.58.

The average volume for Mid-America Apartment Communities has been 440,400 shares per day over the past 30 days. Mid-America Apartment Communities has a market cap of $5.4 billion and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are up 19.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates

Mid-America Apartment Communities

as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins.

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • MAA's very impressive revenue growth greatly exceeded the industry average of 13.8%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues leaped by 86.0%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share.
  • Compared to where it was a year ago today, the stock is now trading at a higher level, reflecting both the market's overall trend during that period and the fact that the company's earnings growth has been robust. Despite the fact that it has already risen in the past year, there is currently no conclusive evidence that warrants the purchase or sale of this stock.
  • MID-AMERICA APT CMNTYS INC reported significant earnings per share improvement in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. This company has reported somewhat volatile earnings recently. But, we feel it is poised for EPS growth in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, MID-AMERICA APT CMNTYS INC reported lower earnings of $0.99 versus $1.42 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($1.95 versus $0.99).
  • The gross profit margin for MID-AMERICA APT CMNTYS INC is currently lower than what is desirable, coming in at 26.66%. It has decreased from the same quarter the previous year. Regardless of the weak results of the gross profit margin, the net profit margin of 26.57% is above that of the industry average.
  • The company's current return on equity has slightly decreased from the same quarter one year prior. This implies a minor weakness in the organization. Compared to other companies in the Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) industry and the overall market on the basis of return on equity, MID-AMERICA APT CMNTYS INC underperformed against that of the industry average and is significantly less than that of the S&P 500.

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Retail Properties of America Inc Class A

Dividend Yield: 4.20%

Retail Properties of America Inc Class A

(NYSE:

RPAI

) shares currently have a dividend yield of 4.20%.

Retail Properties of America, Inc. is a real estate investment trust. It engages in acquisition, development and management of properties. The trust invests in the real estate markets of United States. The company has a P/E ratio of 1564.00.

The average volume for Retail Properties of America Inc Class A has been 1,018,300 shares per day over the past 30 days. Retail Properties of America Inc Class A has a market cap of $3.7 billion and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are up 23.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates

Retail Properties of America Inc Class A

as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its compelling growth in net income, revenue growth and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including weak operating cash flow and feeble growth in the company's earnings per share.

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • The company, on the basis of net income growth from the same quarter one year ago, has significantly outperformed against the S&P 500 and exceeded that of the Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) industry average. The net income increased by 28.8% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from -$37.55 million to -$26.74 million.
  • Despite its growing revenue, the company underperformed as compared with the industry average of 13.8%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 10.9%. This growth in revenue does not appear to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, displayed by a decline in earnings per share.
  • RETAIL PPTYS OF AMERICA INC's earnings per share declined by 33.3% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. The company has reported a trend of declining earnings per share over the past year. However, the consensus estimate suggests that this trend should reverse in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, RETAIL PPTYS OF AMERICA INC reported poor results of -$0.20 versus -$0.03 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($0.12 versus -$0.20).
  • Net operating cash flow has declined marginally to $70.27 million or 8.00% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing the cash generation rate to the industry average, the firm's growth is significantly lower.

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Cheniere Energy Partners

Dividend Yield: 5.70%

Cheniere Energy Partners

(AMEX:

CQP

) shares currently have a dividend yield of 5.70%.

Cheniere Energy Partners, L.P., through its subsidiary, Sabine Pass LNG, L.P., owns and operates the Sabine Pass liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal located on the Sabine Pass deep water shipping channel, Louisiana.

The average volume for Cheniere Energy Partners has been 307,100 shares per day over the past 30 days. Cheniere Energy Partners has a market cap of $1.7 billion and is part of the energy industry. Shares are up 3.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates

Cheniere Energy Partners

as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, increase in net income and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including disappointing return on equity, weak operating cash flow and generally higher debt management risk.

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • CQP's revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 6.5%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 0.2%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share.
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Oil, Gas & Consumable Fuels industry. The net income increased by 55.9% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from -$98.11 million to -$43.24 million.
  • The gross profit margin for CHENIERE ENERGY PARTNERS LP is rather high; currently it is at 61.16%. It has increased from the same quarter the previous year. Regardless of the strong results of the gross profit margin, the net profit margin of -63.97% is in-line with the industry average.
  • Return on equity has greatly decreased when compared to its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a signal of major weakness within the corporation. Compared to other companies in the Oil, Gas & Consumable Fuels industry and the overall market, CHENIERE ENERGY PARTNERS LP's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to -$29.56 million or 443.91% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much lower.

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