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 "Sell."

Azure Midstream Partners

Dividend Yield: 16.90%

Azure Midstream Partners

(NYSE:

AZUR

) shares currently have a dividend yield of 16.90%.

Azure Midstream Partners, LP acquires, owns, develops, and operates midstream energy assets in the United States. It operates through two segments, Gathering and Processing, and Logistics. The company has a P/E ratio of 6.53.

The average volume for Azure Midstream Partners has been 141,600 shares per day over the past 30 days. Azure Midstream Partners has a market cap of $111.9 million and is part of the energy industry. Shares are down 48.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates

Azure Midstream Partners

as a

sell

. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its disappointing return on equity, weak operating cash flow and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • 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, AZURE MIDSTREAM PARTNERS LP's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to -$1.47 million or 122.62% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much lower.
  • AZUR'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 57.38%, 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. Turning toward the future, the fact that the stock has come down in price over the past year should not necessarily be interpreted as a negative; it could be one of the factors that may help make the stock attractive down the road. Right now, however, we believe that it is too soon to buy.
  • AZURE MIDSTREAM PARTNERS LP reported significant earnings per share improvement 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 year. However, we anticipate underperformance relative to this pattern in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, AZURE MIDSTREAM PARTNERS LP increased its bottom line by earning $0.48 versus $0.36 in the prior year. For the next year, the market is expecting a contraction of 37.5% in earnings ($0.30 versus $0.48).
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Oil, Gas & Consumable Fuels industry. The net income increased by 477.4% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from -$0.45 million to $1.70 million.

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MiX Telematics

Dividend Yield: 10.50%

MiX Telematics

(NYSE:

MIXT

) shares currently have a dividend yield of 10.50%.

MiX Telematics Limited provides fleet and mobile asset management solutions through software-as-a-service delivery model worldwide. Its solutions rely on its proprietary technology platform, which allows the company to collect, analyze, and deliver data from its customers' vehicles. The company has a P/E ratio of 11.34.

The average volume for MiX Telematics has been 37,800 shares per day over the past 30 days. MiX Telematics has a market cap of $179.8 million and is part of the computer software & services industry. Shares are down 11.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates

MiX Telematics

as a

sell

. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself and feeble growth in its earnings per share.

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • MIXT'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 37.16%, 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.
  • MIX TELEMATICS LTD 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. We feel it is likely to report a decline in earnings in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, MIX TELEMATICS LTD reported lower earnings of $0.39 versus $0.46 in the prior year. For the next year, the market is expecting a contraction of 1.5% in earnings ($0.38 versus $0.39).
  • 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. When compared to other companies in the Commercial Services & Supplies industry and the overall market, MIX TELEMATICS LTD's return on equity is below that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • MIXT, with its decline in revenue, slightly underperformed the industry average of 5.2%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly dropped by 5.7%. The declining revenue has not hurt the company's bottom line, with increasing earnings per share.
  • MIXT's debt-to-equity ratio is very low at 0.01 and is currently below that of the industry average, implying that there has been very successful management of debt levels. Along with this, the company maintains a quick ratio of 4.67, which clearly demonstrates the ability to cover short-term cash needs.

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Student Transportation

Dividend Yield: 11.00%

Student Transportation

(NASDAQ:

STB

) shares currently have a dividend yield of 11.00%.

Student Transportation Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides school bus transportation services in the United States and Canada. It offers contracted, managed, special needs transportation, direct-to-parent, and charter services. The company has a P/E ratio of 199.50.

The average volume for Student Transportation has been 158,400 shares per day over the past 30 days. Student Transportation has a market cap of $382.2 million and is part of the transportation industry. Shares are down 35.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates

Student Transportation

as a

sell

. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself, feeble growth in its earnings per share, deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins.

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • Despite any intermediate fluctuations, we have only bad news to report on this stock's performance over the last year: it has tumbled by 37.47%, worse than the S&P 500's performance. Consistent with the plunge in the stock price, the company's earnings per share are down 33.33% compared to 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, STB is still more expensive than most of the other companies in its industry.
  • STUDENT TRANSPORTATION INC's earnings per share declined by 33.3% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. The company has suffered a declining pattern earnings per share over the past two years. During the past fiscal year, STUDENT TRANSPORTATION INC reported lower earnings of $0.02 versus $0.04 in the prior year.
  • 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 Road & Rail industry average. The net income has significantly decreased by 27.2% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $2.60 million to $1.89 million.
  • 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 Road & Rail industry and the overall market, STUDENT TRANSPORTATION INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • The gross profit margin for STUDENT TRANSPORTATION INC is rather low; currently it is at 23.13%. It has decreased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of 1.21% significantly trails the industry average.

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