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."

NGL Energy Partners

Dividend Yield: 15.40%

NGL Energy Partners

(NYSE:

NGL

) shares currently have a dividend yield of 15.40%.

NGL Energy Partners LP, through its subsidiaries, engages in the crude oil logistics, water solutions, liquids, retail propane, and refined products and renewables businesses in the United States.

The average volume for NGL Energy Partners has been 504,600 shares per day over the past 30 days. NGL Energy Partners has a market cap of $1.8 billion and is part of the energy industry. Shares are down 39.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates

NGL Energy Partners

as a

hold

. Among the primary strengths of the company is its generally strong cash flow from operations. At the same time, however, we also find weaknesses including generally higher debt management risk, disappointing return on equity and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • Net operating cash flow has significantly increased by 230.24% to $92.27 million when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, NGL ENERGY PARTNERS LP has also vastly surpassed the industry average cash flow growth rate of -26.24%.
  • NGL, with its decline in revenue, slightly underperformed the industry average of 36.8%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues fell by 40.6%. The declining revenue appears to have seeped down to the company's bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.
  • Currently the debt-to-equity ratio of 1.60 is quite high overall and when compared to the industry average, suggesting that the current management of debt levels should be re-evaluated. Along with the unfavorable debt-to-equity ratio, NGL maintains a poor quick ratio of 0.88, which illustrates the inability to avoid short-term cash problems.
  • 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, NGL ENERGY PARTNERS LP's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.

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TICC Capital

Dividend Yield: 17.80%

TICC Capital

(NASDAQ:

TICC

) shares currently have a dividend yield of 17.80%.

TICC Capital Corp., a business development company, operates as a closed-end, non-diversified management investment company. The firm invests in both public and private companies. The company has a P/E ratio of 9.72.

The average volume for TICC Capital has been 325,200 shares per day over the past 30 days. TICC Capital has a market cap of $390.5 million and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are down 14.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates

TICC Capital

as a

hold

. Among the primary strengths of the company is its expanding profit margins over time. At the same time, however, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • TICC, with its decline in revenue, underperformed when compared the industry average of 6.4%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues fell by 23.3%. Weakness in the company's revenue seems to have hurt the bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.
  • The gross profit margin for TICC CAPITAL CORP is rather high; currently it is at 68.76%. Regardless of TICC's high profit margin, it has managed to decrease from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, TICC's net profit margin of -128.52% significantly underperformed when compared to the industry average.
  • TICC CAPITAL 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. The company has reported a trend of declining earnings per share over the past two years. However, the consensus estimate suggests that this trend should reverse in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, TICC CAPITAL CORP swung to a loss, reporting -$0.05 versus $1.11 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($0.74 versus -$0.05).
  • 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 2256.1% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from -$1.26 million to -$29.73 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, TICC CAPITAL CORP's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.

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Ferrellgas Partners

Dividend Yield: 10.10%

Ferrellgas Partners

(NYSE:

FGP

) shares currently have a dividend yield of 10.10%.

Ferrellgas Partners, L.P. distributes and sells propane and related equipment and supplies primarily in the United States. The company transports propane to propane distribution locations, tanks on customers' premises, or to portable propane tanks delivered to retailers. The company has a P/E ratio of 57.86.

The average volume for Ferrellgas Partners has been 258,200 shares per day over the past 30 days. Ferrellgas Partners has a market cap of $2.0 billion and is part of the energy industry. Shares are down 8.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates

Ferrellgas Partners

as a

hold

. Among the primary strengths of the company is its respectable return on equity which we feel is likely to continue. At the same time, however, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, generally higher debt management risk and weak operating cash flow.

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • Compared to other companies in the Gas Utilities industry and the overall market, FERRELLGAS PARTNERS -LP's return on equity exceeds that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • Despite the weak revenue results, FGP has outperformed against the industry average of 34.0%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly dropped by 4.1%. The declining revenue appears to have seeped down to the company's bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.
  • The change in net income from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the Gas Utilities industry average, but is less than that of the S&P 500. The net income has decreased by 23.0% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, dropping from -$47.80 million to -$58.78 million.
  • Looking at the price performance of FGP's shares over the past 12 months, there is not much good news to report: the stock is down 26.21%, and it has underformed the S&P 500 Index. In addition, the company's earnings per share are lower today than the year-earlier quarter. Although its share price is down sharply from a year ago, do not assume that it can now be tagged as cheap and attractive. The reality is that, based on its current price in relation to its earnings, FGP is still more expensive than most of the other companies in its industry.
  • The debt-to-equity ratio is very high at 9.59 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 0.50, which clearly demonstrates the inability to cover short-term cash needs.

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