Sell-Rated Dividend Stocks In The Top 3: NTI, NGL, HLSS

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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."

Northern Tier Energy

Dividend Yield: 14.70%

Northern Tier Energy (NYSE: NTI) shares currently have a dividend yield of 14.70%.

Northern Tier Energy LP operates as an independent downstream energy company with refining, retail, and pipeline operations in the United States. The company operates through two segments, Refining and Retail. The company has a P/E ratio of 13.41.

The average volume for Northern Tier Energy has been 1,478,100 shares per day over the past 30 days. Northern Tier Energy has a market cap of $1.7 billion and is part of the energy industry. Shares are down 27.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Northern Tier Energy as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its unimpressive growth in net income, poor profit margins and weak operating cash flow.

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 74.0% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $245.60 million to $63.90 million.
  • The gross profit margin for NORTHERN TIER ENERGY LP is currently extremely low, coming in at 7.24%. It has decreased significantly from the same period last year. Along with this, the net profit margin of 6.02% trails that of the industry average.
  • Net operating cash flow has decreased to $82.60 million or 46.60% 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.
  • NTI's debt-to-equity ratio of 0.64 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.
  • NORTHERN TIER ENERGY LP has exprienced 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 year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($2.85 versus $2.14).

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NGL Energy Partners

Dividend Yield: 6.30%

NGL Energy Partners (NYSE: NGL) shares currently have a dividend yield of 6.30%.

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: Crude Oil Logistics, Water Services, Natural Gas Liquids Logistics, and Retail Propane. The company has a P/E ratio of 22.88.

The average volume for NGL Energy Partners has been 369,100 shares per day over the past 30 days. NGL Energy Partners has a market cap of $2.1 billion and is part of the energy industry. Shares are up 34.4% 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 6.03%. It has decreased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of -1.27% trails that of the industry average.
  • Current return on equity exceeded its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a clear sign of strength within the company. 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.
  • This stock has increased by 37.56% over the past year, outperforming the rise in the S&P 500 Index during the same period. Looking ahead, however, we cannot assume that the stock's past performance is going to drive future results. Quite to the contrary, its sharp appreciation over the last year is one of the factors that should prompt investors to seek better opportunities elsewhere.
  • NGL's debt-to-equity ratio of 0.94 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 0.78 is weak.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly increased by 147.23% to $25.94 million when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, NGL ENERGY PARTNERS LP has also vastly surpassed the industry average cash flow growth rate of -15.63%.

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Home Loan Servicing Solutions

Dividend Yield: 7.90%

Home Loan Servicing Solutions (NASDAQ: HLSS) shares currently have a dividend yield of 7.90%.

Home Loan Servicing Solutions, Ltd., through its subsidiaries, engages in the acquisition of mortgage servicing assets. Its mortgage servicing assets consists of servicing advances, mortgage servicing rights, rights to mortgage servicing rights, and other related assets. The company has a P/E ratio of 12.42.

The average volume for Home Loan Servicing Solutions has been 550,600 shares per day over the past 30 days. Home Loan Servicing Solutions has a market cap of $1.6 billion and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are up 20.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Home Loan Servicing Solutions as a sell. The area that we feel has been the company's primary weakness has been its disappointing return on equity.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • 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 Thrifts & Mortgage Finance industry and the overall market, HOME LOAN SERVICING SOLTNS's return on equity is below that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • The gross profit margin for HOME LOAN SERVICING SOLTNS is currently very high, coming in at 94.93%. It has increased significantly from the same period last year. Along with this, the net profit margin of 55.20% significantly outperformed against the industry average.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly increased by 169.93% to $228.14 million when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, HOME LOAN SERVICING SOLTNS has also vastly surpassed the industry average cash flow growth rate of -393.35%.
  • This stock has increased by 42.68% over the past year, outperforming the rise in the S&P 500 Index during the same period. Despite the fact that the stock's value has already enjoyed nice gains in the past year, we feel that the risks surrounding an investment in this stock outweigh any potential future returns.
  • HOME LOAN SERVICING SOLTNS has improved earnings per share by 45.5% 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. We feel that this trend should continue. This trend suggests that the performance of the business is improving. During the past fiscal year, HOME LOAN SERVICING SOLTNS turned its bottom line around by earning $1.23 versus -$0.01 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($1.91 versus $1.23).

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