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 "Sell."

GasLog Partners

Dividend Yield: 14.70%

GasLog Partners

(NYSE:

GLOP

) shares currently have a dividend yield of 14.70%.

GasLog Partners LP acquires, owns, and operates liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers. The company provides LNG transportation services under long-term charters worldwide. As of February 16, 2015, it had a fleet of five LNG carriers. The company was founded in 2014 and is based in Monaco. The company has a P/E ratio of 5.46.

The average volume for GasLog Partners has been 192,000 shares per day over the past 30 days. GasLog Partners has a market cap of $411.4 million and is part of the transportation industry. Shares are down 8.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates

GasLog Partners

as a

sell

. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its generally high debt management risk and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • The debt-to-equity ratio of 1.34 is relatively high when compared with the industry average, suggesting a need for better debt level management. Along with this, the company manages to maintain a quick ratio of 0.24, which clearly demonstrates the inability to cover short-term cash needs.
  • Despite any intermediate fluctuations, we have only bad news to report on this stock's performance over the last year: it has tumbled by 45.91%, worse than the S&P 500's performance. Consistent with the plunge in the stock price, the company's earnings per share are down 40.77% compared to the year-earlier quarter. Naturally, the overall market trend is bound to be a significant factor. However, in one sense, the stock's sharp decline last year is a positive for future investors, making it cheaper (in proportion to its earnings over the past year) than most other stocks in its industry. But due to other concerns, we feel the stock is still not a good buy right now.
  • The change in net income from the same quarter one year ago has exceeded that of the S&P 500 and greatly outperformed compared to the Oil, Gas & Consumable Fuels industry average. The net income has decreased by 5.0% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, dropping from $20.24 million to $19.23 million.
  • GASLOG PARTNERS LP's earnings per share declined by 40.8% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($2.35 versus $1.86).
  • The gross profit margin for GASLOG PARTNERS LP is currently very high, coming in at 79.03%. Regardless of GLOP's high profit margin, it has managed to decrease from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, GLOP's net profit margin of 37.37% significantly outperformed against the industry.

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Gladstone Commercial

Dividend Yield: 11.20%

Gladstone Commercial

(NASDAQ:

GOOD

) shares currently have a dividend yield of 11.20%.

Gladstone Commercial Corporation operates as a real estate investment trust (REIT) in the United States. It engages in investing in and owning net leased industrial and commercial real properties, and making long-term industrial and commercial mortgage loans. The company has a P/E ratio of 70.58.

The average volume for Gladstone Commercial has been 134,500 shares per day over the past 30 days. Gladstone Commercial has a market cap of $295.9 million and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are down 8.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates

TheStreet Recommends

Gladstone Commercial

as a

sell

. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself, unimpressive growth in net income and feeble growth in its earnings per share.

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • Reflecting the weaknesses we have cited, including the decline in the company's earnings per share, GOOD has underperformed the S&P 500 Index, declining 22.41% from its price level of one year ago. Looking ahead, other than the push or pull of the broad market, we do not see anything in the company's numbers that may help reverse the decline experienced over the past 12 months. Despite the past decline, the stock is still selling for more than most others in its industry.
  • 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 Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 141.1% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $0.23 million to -$0.10 million.
  • GLADSTONE COMMERCIAL CORP's earnings per share declined by 20.0% 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, GLADSTONE COMMERCIAL CORP reported poor results of -$0.61 versus -$0.22 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings (-$0.16 versus -$0.61).
  • Current return on equity exceeded its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a clear sign of strength within the company. Compared to other companies in the Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) industry and the overall market, GLADSTONE COMMERCIAL CORP's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • 40.43% is the gross profit margin for GLADSTONE COMMERCIAL CORP which we consider to be strong. Regardless of GOOD's high profit margin, it has managed to decrease from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, GOOD's net profit margin of -0.44% significantly underperformed when compared to the industry average.

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CM Finance

Dividend Yield: 19.60%

CM Finance

(NASDAQ:

CMFN

) shares currently have a dividend yield of 19.60%.

CM Finance Inc. is a business development company. The company has a P/E ratio of 5.14.

The average volume for CM Finance has been 33,900 shares per day over the past 30 days. CM Finance has a market cap of $98.3 million and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are down 28.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates

CM Finance

as a

sell

. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • 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 290.5% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $8.08 million to -$15.40 million.
  • 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 Capital Markets industry and the overall market, CM FINANCE INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • Despite any intermediate fluctuations, we have only bad news to report on this stock's performance over the last year: it has tumbled by 47.18%, worse than the S&P 500's performance. Consistent with the plunge in the stock price, the company's earnings per share are down 291.52% compared to the year-earlier quarter. Naturally, the overall market trend is bound to be a significant factor. However, in one sense, the stock's sharp decline last year is a positive for future investors, making it cheaper (in proportion to its earnings over the past year) than most other stocks in its industry. But due to other concerns, we feel the stock is still not a good buy right now.
  • CM FINANCE 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. 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, CM FINANCE INC increased its bottom line by earning $1.13 versus $0.81 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($1.56 versus $1.13).
  • The gross profit margin for CM FINANCE INC is currently very high, coming in at 77.18%. It has increased significantly from the same period last year. Regardless of the strong results of the gross profit margin, the net profit margin of -154.60% is in-line with the industry average.

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