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."

Och-Ziff Capital Management Group

Dividend Yield: 8.10%

Och-Ziff Capital Management Group

(NYSE:

OZM

) shares currently have a dividend yield of 8.10%.

Och-Ziff Capital Management Group LLC is a publicly owned hedge fund sponsor. The firm provides investment advisory services for its clients. It invests in equity markets across the world. The firm makes its investments in alternative markets across the world. The company has a P/E ratio of 8.73.

The average volume for Och-Ziff Capital Management Group has been 785,600 shares per day over the past 30 days. Och-Ziff Capital Management Group has a market cap of $1.2 billion and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are down 40.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates

Och-Ziff Capital Management Group

as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, feeble growth in the company's earnings per share and deteriorating net income.

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • The revenue growth came in higher than the industry average of 4.7%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 22.4%. 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.
  • The gross profit margin for OCH-ZIFF CAPITAL MGMT LLC is rather high; currently it is at 50.60%. It has increased from the same quarter the previous year. Despite the strong results of the gross profit margin, OZM's net profit margin of 1.48% significantly trails the industry average.
  • Net operating cash flow has decreased to $19.00 million or 49.38% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much lower.
  • OCH-ZIFF CAPITAL MGMT LLC's earnings per share declined by 40.0% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. Earnings per share have declined over the last year. We anticipate that this should continue in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, OCH-ZIFF CAPITAL MGMT LLC reported lower earnings of $0.75 versus $1.50 in the prior year. For the next year, the market is expecting a contraction of 14.9% in earnings ($0.64 versus $0.75).
  • The company, on the basis of change in net income from the same quarter one year ago, has significantly underperformed when compared to that of the S&P 500 and the Capital Markets industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 55.6% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $10.72 million to $4.76 million.

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BDCA Venture

Dividend Yield: 13.90%

BDCA Venture

(NASDAQ:

BDCV

) shares currently have a dividend yield of 13.90%.

BDC Venture, Inc. is a business development company specializing in later stage, emerging growth, growth capital, secured and unsecured debt, pre-IPO and secondary purchase investments.

The average volume for BDCA Venture has been 15,700 shares per day over the past 30 days. BDCA Venture has a market cap of $42.0 million and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are down 11.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates

BDCA Venture

as a

hold

. Among the primary strengths of the company is its generally strong cash flow from operations. At the same time, however, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • Net operating cash flow has significantly increased by 99.76% to -$0.01 million when compared to the same quarter last year. The firm also exceeded the industry average cash flow growth rate of 79.46%.
  • BDCV, with its very weak revenue results, has greatly underperformed against the industry average of 4.7%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues plummeted by 63.0%. Weakness in the company's revenue seems to have hurt the bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.
  • BDCA VENTURE INC has experienced a steep decline in earnings per share in the most recent quarter in comparison to its performance from 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, BDCA VENTURE INC swung to a loss, reporting -$0.09 versus $0.26 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($0.00 versus -$0.09).
  • The company, on the basis of change in net income from the same quarter one year ago, has significantly underperformed when compared to that of the S&P 500 and the Capital Markets industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 214.8% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $1.12 million to -$1.29 million.
  • Current return on equity is lower than its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a clear sign of weakness within the company. Compared to other companies in the Capital Markets industry and the overall market, BDCA VENTURE INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.

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Natural Resources Partners

Dividend Yield: 10.70%

Natural Resources Partners

(NYSE:

NRP

) shares currently have a dividend yield of 10.70%.

Natural Resource Partners L.P., through its subsidiaries, owns, manages, and leases mineral properties in the United States. The company has a P/E ratio of 2.21.

The average volume for Natural Resources Partners has been 473,100 shares per day over the past 30 days. Natural Resources Partners has a market cap of $205.5 million and is part of the metals & mining industry. Shares are down 82% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates

Natural Resources Partners

as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, attractive valuation levels and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including feeble growth in the company's earnings per share, generally higher debt management risk and disappointing return on equity.

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • NRP's very impressive revenue growth greatly exceeded the industry average of 33.1%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues leaped by 55.3%. 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.
  • The gross profit margin for NATURAL RESOURCE PARTNERS LP is rather high; currently it is at 64.07%. Despite the high profit margin, it has decreased significantly from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, NRP's net profit margin of 24.86% significantly outperformed against the industry.
  • NATURAL RESOURCE PARTNERS LP's earnings per share declined by 10.7% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. Earnings per share have declined over the last two years. We anticipate that this should continue in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, NATURAL RESOURCE PARTNERS LP reported lower earnings of $0.96 versus $1.54 in the prior year. For the next year, the market is expecting a contraction of 34.9% in earnings ($0.63 versus $0.96).
  • The debt-to-equity ratio is very high at 2.01 and currently higher than the industry average, implying increased risk associated with the management of debt levels within the company. Along with this, the company manages to maintain a quick ratio of 0.41, which clearly demonstrates the inability to cover short-term cash needs.

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