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."

TriplePoint Venture Growth BDC

Dividend Yield: 12.50%

TriplePoint Venture Growth BDC

(NYSE:

TPVG

) shares currently have a dividend yield of 12.50%.

TriplePoint Venture Growth BDC Corp is a business development company specializing in investments in growth stage. It also provides debt financing to venture growth space companies. The firm seeks to invest in technology and life sciences sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 7.59.

The average volume for TriplePoint Venture Growth BDC has been 98,600 shares per day over the past 30 days. TriplePoint Venture Growth BDC has a market cap of $191.9 million and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are down 20.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates

TriplePoint Venture Growth BDC

as a

sell

. The area that we feel has been the company's primary weakness has been its generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • TPVG has underperformed the S&P 500 Index, declining 24.69% from its price level of one year ago.
  • When compared to other companies in the Capital Markets industry and the overall market, TRIPLEPOINT VENTURE GWTH BDC's return on equity is below that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • The gross profit margin for TRIPLEPOINT VENTURE GWTH BDC is rather high; currently it is at 64.53%. Regardless of TPVG's high profit margin, it has managed to decrease from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, TPVG's net profit margin of 60.72% significantly outperformed against the industry.
  • Net operating cash flow has improved to $23.84 million from having none in the same quarter last year. Since the company had no net operating cash flow for the prior period, we cannot calculate a percent change in order to compare its growth rate with that of its industry average.
  • TRIPLEPOINT VENTURE GWTH BDC has improved earnings per share by 48.3% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($1.55 versus $1.24).

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GasLog Partners

Dividend Yield: 9.30%

GasLog Partners

(NYSE:

GLOP

) shares currently have a dividend yield of 9.30%.

GasLog Partners LP acquires, owns, and operates liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers. The company provides LNG transportation services under long-term charters worldwide. As of February 16, 2015, it had a fleet of five LNG carriers. The company was founded in 2014 and is based in Monaco. The company has a P/E ratio of 10.44.

The average volume for GasLog Partners has been 307,900 shares per day over the past 30 days. GasLog Partners has a market cap of $407.6 million and is part of the transportation industry. Shares are down 24.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates

GasLog Partners

as a

sell

. Among the areas we feel are negative, one of the most important has been a generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • GLOP'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 43.57%, 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.
  • In comparison to the other companies in the Oil, Gas & Consumable Fuels industry and the overall market, GASLOG PARTNERS LP's return on equity is significantly below that of the industry average and is below that of the S&P 500.
  • The gross profit margin for GASLOG PARTNERS LP is currently very high, coming in at 78.45%. Regardless of GLOP's high profit margin, it has managed to decrease from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, GLOP's net profit margin of 38.29% significantly outperformed against the industry.
  • The debt-to-equity ratio is somewhat low, currently at 0.79, and is less than that of the industry average, implying that there has been a relatively successful effort in the management of debt levels. Along with this, the company maintains a quick ratio of 6.53, which clearly demonstrates the ability to cover short-term cash needs.
  • GASLOG PARTNERS LP reported significant earnings per share improvement in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($2.20 versus $1.48).

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Midcoast Energy Partners

Dividend Yield: 12.00%

Midcoast Energy Partners

(NYSE:

MEP

) shares currently have a dividend yield of 12.00%.

Midcoast Energy Partners, L.P. engages in gathering, processing, treating, transporting, and marketing natural gas and natural gas liquids (NGL) in the United States. It operates through two segments, Gathering, Processing, and Transportation; and Logistics and Marketing.

The average volume for Midcoast Energy Partners has been 107,700 shares per day over the past 30 days. Midcoast Energy Partners has a market cap of $265.7 million and is part of the energy industry. Shares are down 11.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates

Midcoast Energy Partners

as a

sell

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

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • 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 Oil, Gas & Consumable Fuels industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 2867.4% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from -$4.60 million to -$136.50 million.
  • The gross profit margin for MIDCOAST ENERGY PARTNERS LP is currently extremely low, coming in at 2.70%. Regardless of MEP's low profit margin, it has managed to increase from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, MEP's net profit margin of -17.49% significantly underperformed when compared to the industry average.
  • Despite any intermediate fluctuations, we have only bad news to report on this stock's performance over the last year: it has tumbled by 45.07%, worse than the S&P 500's performance. Consistent with the plunge in the stock price, the company's earnings per share are down 3188.88% compared to the year-earlier 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.
  • MIDCOAST ENERGY PARTNERS 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 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, MIDCOAST ENERGY PARTNERS LP increased its bottom line by earning $1.40 versus $0.21 in the prior year. For the next year, the market is expecting a contraction of 134.3% in earnings (-$0.48 versus $1.40).
  • MEP, with its decline in revenue, slightly underperformed the industry average of 34.4%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues fell by 44.1%. Weakness in the company's revenue seems to have hurt the bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.

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