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."

Arc Logistics Partners

Dividend Yield: 10.80%

Arc Logistics Partners

(NYSE:

ARCX

) shares currently have a dividend yield of 10.80%.

ARC Logistics Partners LP engages in the terminalling, storage, throughput, and transloading of crude oil and petroleum products.

The average volume for Arc Logistics Partners has been 7,500 shares per day over the past 30 days. Arc Logistics Partners has a market cap of $206.5 million and is part of the energy industry. Shares are down 7.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates

Arc Logistics Partners

as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures 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 a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • The revenue growth greatly exceeded the industry average of 34.4%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 29.8%. 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 debt-to-equity ratio is somewhat low, currently at 0.63, and is less than that of the industry average, implying that there has been a relatively successful effort in the management of debt levels. To add to this, ARCX has a quick ratio of 2.06, which demonstrates the ability of the company to cover short-term liquidity needs.
  • 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 Oil, Gas & Consumable Fuels industry and the overall market, ARC LOGISTICS PARTNERS LP's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • Net operating cash flow has decreased to $7.18 million or 20.88% when compared to the same quarter last year. In conjunction, when comparing current results to the industry average, ARC LOGISTICS PARTNERS LP has marginally lower results.

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Medley Capital

Dividend Yield: 9.90%

Medley Capital

(NYSE:

MCC

) shares currently have a dividend yield of 9.90%.

Medley Capital Corporation is a business development company. The fund seeks to invest in privately negotiated debt and equity securities of small and middle market companies. The company has a P/E ratio of 7.36.

The average volume for Medley Capital has been 288,600 shares per day over the past 30 days. Medley Capital has a market cap of $467.7 million and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are down 11.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates

Medley Capital

as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, deteriorating net income and disappointing return on equity.

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • Net operating cash flow has significantly increased by 129.46% to $19.06 million when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, MEDLEY CAPITAL CORP has also vastly surpassed the industry average cash flow growth rate of -428.75%.
  • The gross profit margin for MEDLEY CAPITAL CORP is rather high; currently it is at 65.07%. Regardless of MCC's high profit margin, it has managed to decrease from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, MCC's net profit margin of 23.28% compares favorably to the industry average.
  • MCC, with its decline in revenue, underperformed when compared the industry average of 6.9%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly dropped by 5.5%. Weakness in the company's revenue seems to have hurt the bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.
  • 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, MEDLEY CAPITAL CORP'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 36.18%, worse than the S&P 500's performance. Consistent with the plunge in the stock price, the company's earnings per share are down 57.57% compared to the year-earlier quarter. Despite the heavy decline in its share price, this stock is still more expensive (when compared to its current earnings) than most other companies in its industry.

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Textainer Group Holdings

Dividend Yield: 11.00%

Textainer Group Holdings

(NYSE:

TGH

) shares currently have a dividend yield of 11.00%.

Textainer Group Holdings Limited, together with its subsidiaries, engages in the purchase, ownership, management, leasing, and disposal of a fleet of intermodal containers worldwide. It operates through three segments: Container Ownership, Container Management, and Container Resale. The company has a P/E ratio of 5.65.

The average volume for Textainer Group Holdings has been 405,100 shares per day over the past 30 days. Textainer Group Holdings has a market cap of $975.3 million and is part of the diversified services industry. Shares are down 49.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates

Textainer Group Holdings

as a

hold

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

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 Trading Companies & Distributors industry average. The net income increased by 21.9% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, going from $33.01 million to $40.26 million.
  • The gross profit margin for TEXTAINER GROUP HOLDINGS LTD is currently very high, coming in at 88.12%. It has increased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of 29.13% significantly outperformed against the industry average.
  • Net operating cash flow has slightly increased to $88.21 million or 4.85% when compared to the same quarter last year. Despite an increase in cash flow, TEXTAINER GROUP HOLDINGS LTD's cash flow growth rate is still lower than the industry average growth rate of 30.79%.
  • 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 Trading Companies & Distributors industry and the overall market on the basis of return on equity, TEXTAINER GROUP HOLDINGS LTD has underperformed in comparison with the industry average, but has exceeded that of the S&P 500.
  • TGH's stock share price has done very poorly compared to where it was a year ago: Despite any rallies, the net result is that it is down by 52.28%, which is also worse that the performance of the S&P 500 Index. Investors have so far failed to pay much attention to the earnings improvements the company has managed to achieve over the last 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.

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