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."

CSI Compressco

Dividend Yield: 13.90%

CSI Compressco

(NASDAQ:

CCLP

) shares currently have a dividend yield of 13.90%.

CSI Compressco LP provides compression services and equipment for natural gas and oil production, gathering, transportation, processing, and storage applications in the United States, Latin America, Canada, and internationally.

The average volume for CSI Compressco has been 108,700 shares per day over the past 30 days. CSI Compressco has a market cap of $476.2 million and is part of the energy industry. Shares are up 8.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates

CSI Compressco

as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, good cash flow from operations and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. 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:

  • CCLP's very impressive revenue growth greatly exceeded the industry average of 29.5%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues leaped by 293.9%. 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.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly increased by 317.64% to $19.72 million when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, CSI COMPRESSCO LP has also vastly surpassed the industry average cash flow growth rate of -14.13%.
  • Even though the current debt-to-equity ratio is 1.11, it is still below the industry average, suggesting that this level of debt is acceptable within the Energy Equipment & Services industry. Regardless of the somewhat mixed results with the debt-to-equity ratio, the company's quick ratio of 0.71 is weak.
  • CSI COMPRESSCO LP 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. 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, CSI COMPRESSCO LP reported lower earnings of $0.61 versus $1.11 in the prior year. For the next year, the market is expecting a contraction of 82.0% in earnings ($0.11 versus $0.61).
  • 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 Energy Equipment & Services industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 76.2% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $4.88 million to $1.16 million.

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Natural Resources Partners

Dividend Yield: 14.50%

Natural Resources Partners

(NYSE:

NRP

) shares currently have a dividend yield of 14.50%.

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 3.26.

The average volume for Natural Resources Partners has been 451,200 shares per day over the past 30 days. Natural Resources Partners has a market cap of $303.3 million and is part of the metals & mining industry. Shares are down 73.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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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 34.5%. 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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Global Ship Lease

Dividend Yield: 9.40%

Global Ship Lease

(NYSE:

GSL

) shares currently have a dividend yield of 9.40%.

Global Ship Lease, Inc. owns and charters containerships of various sizes under long-term fixed-rate charters to container shipping companies. As of April 21, 2015, it owned 19 vessels with a total capacity of 82,475 twenty-foot equivalent units. The company has a P/E ratio of 6.26.

The average volume for Global Ship Lease has been 83,600 shares per day over the past 30 days. Global Ship Lease has a market cap of $202.5 million and is part of the transportation industry. Shares are down 5.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates

Global Ship Lease

as a

hold

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

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • The revenue growth greatly exceeded the industry average of 11.5%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 22.4%. 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 Marine industry. The net income increased by 259.2% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from -$2.29 million to $3.64 million.
  • GLOBAL SHIP LEASE 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, GLOBAL SHIP LEASE INC reported lower earnings of $0.10 versus $0.68 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($0.22 versus $0.10).
  • The debt-to-equity ratio of 1.03 is relatively high when compared with the industry average, suggesting a need for better debt level management. Regardless of the company's weak debt-to-equity ratio, GSL has managed to keep a strong quick ratio of 2.41, which demonstrates the ability to cover short-term cash 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 Marine industry and the overall market, GLOBAL SHIP LEASE INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.

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