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."

Medallion Financial

Dividend Yield: 15.00%

Medallion Financial

(NASDAQ:

TAXI

) shares currently have a dividend yield of 15.00%.

Medallion Financial Corp., through its subsidiaries, operates as a specialty finance company in the United States. The company engages in originating, acquiring, and servicing loans that finance taxicab medallions and various types of commercial businesses. The company has a P/E ratio of 5.51.

The average volume for Medallion Financial has been 187,500 shares per day over the past 30 days. Medallion Financial has a market cap of $162.4 million and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are down 5.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates

Medallion Financial

as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, expanding profit margins and growth in earnings per share. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including weak operating cash flow 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 significantly exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Capital Markets industry. The net income increased by 9.2% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, going from $6.69 million to $7.31 million.
  • The gross profit margin for MEDALLION FINANCIAL CORP is rather high; currently it is at 61.84%. Regardless of TAXI's high profit margin, it has managed to decrease from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, TAXI's net profit margin of 67.79% significantly outperformed against the industry.
  • 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 Capital Markets industry and the overall market on the basis of return on equity, MEDALLION FINANCIAL CORP has outperformed in comparison with the industry average, but has underperformed when compared to that of the S&P 500.
  • TAXI'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 34.05%, 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.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to $0.38 million or 97.99% 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.

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Dorchester Minerals

Dividend Yield: 7.90%

Dorchester Minerals

(NASDAQ:

DMLP

) shares currently have a dividend yield of 7.90%.

Dorchester Minerals, L.P. engages in the acquisition, ownership, and administration of producing and nonproducing natural gas and crude oil royalty, net profits, and leasehold interests in the United States. The company has a P/E ratio of 15.72.

The average volume for Dorchester Minerals has been 92,700 shares per day over the past 30 days. Dorchester Minerals has a market cap of $308.0 million and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are up 1.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates

TheStreet Recommends

Dorchester Minerals

as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, expanding profit margins and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including weak operating cash flow, a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself and deteriorating net income.

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • DMLP has no debt to speak of therefore resulting in a debt-to-equity ratio of zero, which we consider to be a relatively favorable sign. Along with this, the company maintains a quick ratio of 8.57, which clearly demonstrates the ability to cover short-term cash needs.
  • The gross profit margin for DORCHESTER MINERALS -LP is currently very high, coming in at 91.97%. It has increased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of 36.32% significantly outperformed against the industry average.
  • DORCHESTER MINERALS -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. This company has not demonstrated a clear trend in earnings over the past 2 years, making it difficult to accurately predict earnings for the coming year. During the past fiscal year, DORCHESTER MINERALS -LP increased its bottom line by earning $1.42 versus $1.37 in the prior year.
  • The change in net income from the same quarter one year ago has exceeded that of the Oil, Gas & Consumable Fuels industry average, but is less than that of the S&P 500. The net income has significantly decreased by 75.5% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $10.97 million to $2.68 million.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to $6.40 million or 56.52% 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.

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PennantPark Floating Rate Capital

Dividend Yield: 10.50%

PennantPark Floating Rate Capital

(NASDAQ:

PFLT

) shares currently have a dividend yield of 10.50%.

PennantPark Floating Rate Capital Ltd. is a business development company. It seeks to make secondary direct, debt, equity, and loan investments. The fund seeks to invest through floating rate loans in private or thinly traded or small market-cap, public middle market companies. The company has a P/E ratio of 7.83.

The average volume for PennantPark Floating Rate Capital has been 136,100 shares per day over the past 30 days. PennantPark Floating Rate Capital has a market cap of $290.7 million and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are down 3.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates

PennantPark Floating Rate 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 weak operating cash flow.

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • The gross profit margin for PENNANTPARK FLOATING RT CAP is currently very high, coming in at 84.49%. It has increased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of 15.59% is above that of the industry average.
  • PFLT, with its decline in revenue, slightly underperformed the industry average of 0.4%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly dropped by 5.2%. The declining revenue appears to have seeped down to the company's bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.
  • PENNANTPARK FLOATING RT CAP 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, PENNANTPARK FLOATING RT CAP reported lower earnings of $0.82 versus $1.38 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($1.02 versus $0.82).
  • The company, on the basis of change in net income from the same quarter one year ago, has significantly underperformed against the S&P 500 and did not exceed that of the Capital Markets industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 46.7% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $2.28 million to $1.22 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, PENNANTPARK FLOATING RT CAP's return on equity is below that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.

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