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 "Buy."

Triangle Capital Corporation

Dividend Yield: 10.80%

Triangle Capital Corporation

(NYSE:

TCAP

) shares currently have a dividend yield of 10.80%.

Triangle Capital Corporation is a business development company specializing in private equity and mezzanine investments. The company has a P/E ratio of 9.97.

The average volume for Triangle Capital Corporation has been 104,700 shares per day over the past 30 days. Triangle Capital Corporation has a market cap of $665.8 million and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are down 3.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates

Triangle Capital Corporation

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • The revenue growth came in higher than the industry average of 6.8%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 28.0%. 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.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly increased by 149.76% to $10.67 million when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, TRIANGLE CAPITAL CORP has also vastly surpassed the industry average cash flow growth rate of -505.86%.
  • The gross profit margin for TRIANGLE CAPITAL CORP is currently very high, coming in at 78.68%. Regardless of TCAP's high profit margin, it has managed to decrease from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, TCAP's net profit margin of 27.14% significantly outperformed against the industry.
  • TRIANGLE CAPITAL CORP's earnings per share declined by 44.4% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. The company has suffered a declining pattern of earnings per share over the past two years. However, we anticipate this trend to reverse over the coming year. During the past fiscal year, TRIANGLE CAPITAL CORP reported lower earnings of $1.04 versus $2.94 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($2.12 versus $1.04).
  • The company, on the basis of change in net income from the same quarter one year ago, has significantly underperformed against the S&P 500 and did not exceed that of the Capital Markets industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 33.2% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $12.50 million to $8.35 million.

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Main Street Capital Corporation

Dividend Yield: 7.30%

Main Street Capital Corporation

(NYSE:

MAIN

) shares currently have a dividend yield of 7.30%.

Main Street Capital Corporation is a business development company specializing in long- term equity and debt investments in small and lower middle market companies. The company has a P/E ratio of 13.67.

The average volume for Main Street Capital Corporation has been 221,000 shares per day over the past 30 days. Main Street Capital Corporation has a market cap of $1.4 billion and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are down 0.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates

Main Street Capital Corporation

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, expanding profit margins and increase in net income. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • The revenue growth came in higher than the industry average of 6.8%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 18.4%. 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 Capital Markets industry. The net income increased by 36.2% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from $29.95 million to $40.80 million.
  • The gross profit margin for MAIN STREET CAPITAL CORP is currently very high, coming in at 84.39%. It has increased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of 98.77% significantly outperformed against the industry average.
  • MAIN STREET CAPITAL CORP has improved earnings per share by 20.6% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. This company has reported somewhat volatile earnings recently. We feel it is likely to report a decline in earnings in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, MAIN STREET CAPITAL CORP reported lower earnings of $2.33 versus $2.66 in the prior year. For the next year, the market is expecting a contraction of 5.6% in earnings ($2.20 versus $2.33).
  • MAIN has underperformed the S&P 500 Index, declining 7.78% from its price level of one year ago. Looking ahead, although the push and pull of the overall market trend could certainly make a critical difference, we do not see any strong reason stemming from the company's fundamentals that would cause a continuation of last year's decline. In fact, the stock is now selling for less than others in its industry in relation to its current earnings.

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BlackRock Capital Investment

Dividend Yield: 8.90%

BlackRock Capital Investment

(NASDAQ:

BKCC

) shares currently have a dividend yield of 8.90%.

BlackRock Capital Investment Corporation, formerly known as BlackRock Kelso Capital Corporation, is a Business Development Company specializing in investments in middle market companies. The fund invests in all industries. The company has a P/E ratio of 6.59.

The average volume for BlackRock Capital Investment has been 353,100 shares per day over the past 30 days. BlackRock Capital Investment has a market cap of $704.2 million and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are up 14.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates

BlackRock Capital Investment

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its notable return on equity, expanding profit margins and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • The return on equity has improved slightly when compared to the same quarter one year prior. This can be construed as a modest strength in the organization. Compared to other companies in the Capital Markets industry and the overall market, BLACKROCK CAPITAL INVT CORP's return on equity exceeds that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • The gross profit margin for BLACKROCK CAPITAL INVT CORP is currently very high, coming in at 74.60%. It has increased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of 44.97% significantly outperformed against the industry average.
  • Compared to where it was a year ago today, the stock is now trading at a higher level, regardless of the company's weak earnings results. Turning our attention to the future direction of the stock, it goes without saying that even the best stocks can fall in an overall down market. However, in any other environment, this stock still has good upside potential despite the fact that it has already risen in the past year.
  • BKCC, with its decline in revenue, slightly underperformed the industry average of 6.8%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly dropped by 2.9%. Weakness in the company's revenue seems to have hurt the bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.
  • BLACKROCK CAPITAL INVT CORP 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. We feel it is likely to report a decline in earnings in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, BLACKROCK CAPITAL INVT CORP increased its bottom line by earning $1.70 versus $1.20 in the prior year. For the next year, the market is expecting a contraction of 48.2% in earnings ($0.88 versus $1.70).

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