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."

Copa Holdings

Dividend Yield: 4.50%

Copa Holdings

(NYSE:

CPA

) shares currently have a dividend yield of 4.50%.

Copa Holdings, S.A. provides airline passenger and cargo services in Latin America. It offers services within Colombia; and international flights from various cities in Colombia to Panama, Venezuela, Ecuador, Mexico, Cuba, Guatemala, and Costa Rica. The company has a P/E ratio of 10.11.

The average volume for Copa Holdings has been 446,700 shares per day over the past 30 days. Copa Holdings has a market cap of $2.4 billion and is part of the transportation industry. Shares are down 29.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates

Copa Holdings

as a

hold

. Among the primary strengths of the company is its solid financial position based on a variety of debt and liquidity measures that we have evaluated. At the same time, however, we also find weaknesses including feeble growth in the company's earnings per share, deteriorating net income and poor profit margins.

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • The current debt-to-equity ratio, 0.54, is low and is below the industry average, implying that there has been successful management of debt levels. Although the company had a strong debt-to-equity ratio, its quick ratio of 0.77 is somewhat weak and could be cause for future problems.
  • CPA, with its decline in revenue, slightly underperformed the industry average of 7.4%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues fell by 11.4%. 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 Airlines industry and the overall market on the basis of return on equity, COPA HOLDINGS SA has underperformed in comparison with the industry average, but has exceeded that of the S&P 500.
  • COPA HOLDINGS SA's earnings per share declined by 24.6% 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, COPA HOLDINGS SA reported lower earnings of $8.15 versus $9.63 in the prior year. For the next year, the market is expecting a contraction of 9.9% in earnings ($7.34 versus $8.15).
  • The company, on the basis of change in net income from the same quarter one year ago, has underperformed when compared to that of the S&P 500 and greatly underperformed compared to the Airlines industry average. The net income has significantly decreased by 25.3% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $151.36 million to $113.12 million.

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Brandywine Realty

Dividend Yield: 4.40%

Brandywine Realty

(NYSE:

BDN

) shares currently have a dividend yield of 4.40%.

Brandywine Realty Trust is a publically owned real estate investment trust. The firm invests in real estate markets of the United States. It makes investments in office, mixed-use, and industrial properties. The company has a P/E ratio of 228.17.

The average volume for Brandywine Realty has been 2,180,400 shares per day over the past 30 days. Brandywine Realty has a market cap of $2.5 billion and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are down 14.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates

Brandywine Realty

as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its 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, poor profit margins and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has greatly exceeded that of the S&P 500, but is less than that of the Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) industry average. The net income increased by 39.4% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from $2.19 million to $3.06 million.
  • Net operating cash flow has slightly increased to $43.01 million or 8.05% when compared to the same quarter last year. The firm also exceeded the industry average cash flow growth rate of -3.77%.
  • BRANDYWINE REALTY TRUST has shown improvement in its earnings for its most recently reported quarter when compared with the same quarter a year earlier. 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, BRANDYWINE REALTY TRUST swung to a loss, reporting -$0.01 versus $0.20 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($0.18 versus -$0.01).
  • 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 Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) industry and the overall market, BRANDYWINE REALTY TRUST's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • The gross profit margin for BRANDYWINE REALTY TRUST is rather low; currently it is at 20.84%. It has decreased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of 2.10% significantly trails the industry average.

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Rogers Communications

Dividend Yield: 4.60%

Rogers Communications

(NYSE:

RCI

) shares currently have a dividend yield of 4.60%.

Rogers Communications Inc. operates as a communications and media company in Canada. The company's Wireless segment offers wireless telecommunications services to consumers and businesses under the Rogers, Fido, and chatr brands; and wireless devices, services, and applications. The company has a P/E ratio of 11.56.

The average volume for Rogers Communications has been 476,900 shares per day over the past 30 days. Rogers Communications has a market cap of $13.6 billion and is part of the telecommunications industry. Shares are down 10.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates

Rogers Communications

as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, expanding profit margins and notable return on equity. 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 weak operating cash flow.

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • The revenue growth significantly trails the industry average of 55.0%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 5.9%. 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.
  • 39.44% is the gross profit margin for ROGERS COMMUNICATIONS which we consider to be strong. Regardless of RCI's high profit margin, it has managed to decrease from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, the net profit margin of 10.66% trails the industry average.
  • The debt-to-equity ratio is very high at 3.09 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 0.33, which clearly demonstrates the inability to cover short-term cash needs.
  • Net operating cash flow has declined marginally to $1,114.00 million or 7.32% when compared to the same quarter last year. In conjunction, when comparing current results to the industry average, ROGERS COMMUNICATIONS has marginally lower results.

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