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."

Suburban Propane Partners

Dividend Yield: 10.70%

Suburban Propane Partners

(NYSE:

SPH

) shares currently have a dividend yield of 10.70%.

Suburban Propane Partners, L.P., through its subsidiaries, engages in the retail marketing and distribution of propane, fuel oil, and refined fuels. The company has a P/E ratio of 20.94.

The average volume for Suburban Propane Partners has been 207,200 shares per day over the past 30 days. Suburban Propane Partners has a market cap of $2.0 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are down 23.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates

Suburban Propane Partners

as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its growth in earnings per share, increase in net income and reasonable valuation levels. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, weak operating cash flow and generally higher debt management risk.

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • SUBURBAN PROPANE PRTNRS -LP has improved earnings per share by 31.6% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. The company has demonstrated a pattern of positive earnings per share growth over the past two years. We feel that this trend should continue. This trend suggests that the performance of the business is improving. During the past fiscal year, SUBURBAN PROPANE PRTNRS -LP increased its bottom line by earning $1.55 versus $1.44 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($2.01 versus $1.55).
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Gas Utilities industry. The net income increased by 30.6% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from -$58.99 million to -$40.95 million.
  • 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 Gas Utilities industry and the overall market on the basis of return on equity, SUBURBAN PROPANE PRTNRS -LP has outperformed in comparison with the industry average, but has underperformed when compared to that of the S&P 500.
  • Net operating cash flow has decreased to $99.21 million or 20.37% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing the cash generation rate to the industry average, the firm's growth is significantly lower.
  • SPH has underperformed the S&P 500 Index, declining 24.26% from its price level of one year ago. Looking ahead, we do not see anything in this company's numbers that would change the one-year trend. It was down over the last twelve months; and it could be down again in the next twelve. Naturally, a bull or bear market could sway the movement of this stock.

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BDCA Venture

Dividend Yield: 14.10%

BDCA Venture

(NASDAQ:

BDCV

) shares currently have a dividend yield of 14.10%.

BDC Venture, Inc. is a business development company specializing in later stage, emerging growth, growth capital, secured and unsecured debt, pre-IPO and secondary purchase investments.

The average volume for BDCA Venture has been 15,700 shares per day over the past 30 days. BDCA Venture has a market cap of $41.3 million and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are down 13.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates

BDCA Venture

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 deteriorating net income, 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 99.76% to -$0.01 million when compared to the same quarter last year. Despite an increase in cash flow of 99.76%, BDCA VENTURE INC is still growing at a significantly lower rate than the industry average of 230.25%.
  • BDCV, with its very weak revenue results, has greatly underperformed against the industry average of 6.3%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues plummeted by 63.0%. Weakness in the company's revenue seems to have hurt the bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.
  • BDCA VENTURE INC 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 year. However, the consensus estimate suggests that this trend should reverse in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, BDCA VENTURE INC swung to a loss, reporting -$0.09 versus $0.26 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($0.00 versus -$0.09).
  • 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 214.8% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $1.12 million to -$1.29 million.
  • 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, BDCA VENTURE INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.

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Garrison Capital

Dividend Yield: 10.20%

Garrison Capital

(NASDAQ:

GARS

) shares currently have a dividend yield of 10.20%.

Garrison Capital Inc. is a business development company specializing in investments primarily in the debt and equity of middle market companies. The company has a P/E ratio of 18.81.

The average volume for Garrison Capital has been 37,000 shares per day over the past 30 days. Garrison Capital has a market cap of $230.1 million and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are down 4.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates

Garrison Capital

as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, 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:

  • GARS's revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 6.3%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 2.4%. 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 GARRISON CAPITAL INC is rather high; currently it is at 68.38%. It has increased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of 29.47% significantly outperformed against the industry average.
  • 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 57.2% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $9.06 million to $3.88 million.
  • 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. When compared to other companies in the Capital Markets industry and the overall market, GARRISON CAPITAL INC's return on equity is below that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.

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