3 Sell-Rated Dividend Stocks

Editor's Note: TheStreet ratings do not represent the views of TheStreet's staff or its contributors. Ratings are established by computer based on metrics for performance (which includes growth, stock performance, efficiency and valuation) and risk (volatility and solvency). Companies with poor cash flow or high debt levels tend to earn lower ratings in our model.

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 and 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."

NGL Energy Partners

Dividend Yield: 7.30%

NGL Energy Partners (NYSE: NGL) shares currently have a dividend yield of 7.30%.

NGL Energy Partners LP, through its subsidiaries, engages in propane and other natural gas liquids businesses in the United States. The company operates in four segments: Retail Propane, Natural Gas Liquids Logistics, Crude Oil Logistics, and Water Services. The company has a P/E ratio of 20.04. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate NGL Energy Partners a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

The average volume for NGL Energy Partners has been 110,000 shares per day over the past 30 days. NGL Energy Partners has a market cap of $1.2 billion and is part of the energy industry. Shares are up 9.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates NGL Energy Partners as a sell. Among the areas we feel are negative, one of the most important has been poor profit margins.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • The gross profit margin for NGL ENERGY PARTNERS LP is currently extremely low, coming in at 10.10%. Regardless of NGL's low profit margin, it has managed to increase from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, the net profit margin of 3.00% trails the industry average.
  • 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. In comparison to the other companies in the Oil, Gas & Consumable Fuels industry and the overall market, NGL ENERGY PARTNERS LP's return on equity is significantly below that of the industry average and is below that of the S&P 500.
  • NGL's debt-to-equity ratio of 0.96 is somewhat low overall, but it is high when compared to the industry average, implying that the management of the debt levels should be evaluated further. Regardless of the somewhat mixed results with the debt-to-equity ratio, the company's quick ratio of 0.85 is weak.
  • Compared to where it was a year ago today, the stock is now trading at a higher level, and has traded in line with the S&P 500. We feel that the combination of its price rise over the last year and its current price-to-earnings ratio relative to its industry tend to reduce its upside potential.
  • NGL ENERGY PARTNERS LP 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. But, we feel it is poised for EPS growth in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, NGL ENERGY PARTNERS LP swung to a loss, reporting -$0.09 versus $0.45 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($1.60 versus -$0.09).

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Alteva

Dividend Yield: 10.40%

Alteva (AMEX: ALTV) shares currently have a dividend yield of 10.40%.

Alteva provides unified communications (UC) solutions and enterprise hosted voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) services to residential and business customers. Currently there are no analysts that rate Alteva a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

The average volume for Alteva has been 10,400 shares per day over the past 30 days. Alteva has a market cap of $59.9 million and is part of the telecommunications industry. Shares are down 4.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Alteva as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its disappointing return on equity and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • 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 Diversified Telecommunication Services industry and the overall market, ALTEVA's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • ALTV'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 30.38%, 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. 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.
  • ALTEVA has improved earnings per share by 48.4% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. This company has reported somewhat volatile earnings recently. But, we feel it is poised for EPS growth in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, ALTEVA swung to a loss, reporting -$0.54 versus $0.51 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings (-$0.46 versus -$0.54).
  • The current debt-to-equity ratio, 0.50, is low and is below the industry average, implying that there has been successful management of debt levels. Even though the company has a strong debt-to-equity ratio, the quick ratio of 0.33 is very weak and demonstrates a lack of ability to pay short-term obligations.
  • The gross profit margin for ALTEVA is rather high; currently it is at 51.40%. It has increased significantly from the same period last year.

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Atlantic Power Corporation

Dividend Yield: 7.50%

Atlantic Power Corporation (NYSE: AT) shares currently have a dividend yield of 7.50%.

Atlantic Power Corporation operates as a power generation and infrastructure company with a portfolio of assets in the United States and Canada. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates Atlantic Power Corporation a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

The average volume for Atlantic Power Corporation has been 1,434,900 shares per day over the past 30 days. Atlantic Power Corporation has a market cap of $619.0 million and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are down 55% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Atlantic Power Corporation as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its generally high debt management risk, disappointing return on equity and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • The debt-to-equity ratio is very high at 2.26 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 0.36, which clearly demonstrates the inability to cover short-term cash needs.
  • 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 Independent Power Producers & Energy Traders industry and the overall market, ATLANTIC POWER CORP's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • AT'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 31.48%, 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.
  • ATLANTIC POWER CORP reported significant earnings per share improvement in the most recent quarter compared to 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, ATLANTIC POWER CORP swung to a loss, reporting -$0.42 versus $0.01 in the prior year.
  • 38.90% is the gross profit margin for ATLANTIC POWER CORP which we consider to be strong. Regardless of AT's high profit margin, it has managed to decrease from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, AT's net profit margin of -4.81% significantly underperformed when compared to the industry average.

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Editor's Note: TheStreet ratings do not represent the views of TheStreet's staff or its contributors. Ratings are established by computer based on metrics for performance (which includes growth, stock performance, efficiency and valuation) and risk (volatility and solvency). Companies with poor cash flow or high debt levels tend to earn lower ratings in our model.

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