Best 4 Yielding Hold-Rated Stocks: PFLT, WSR, HRZN, VGR

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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 4 stocks with substantial yields, that ultimately, we have rated "Hold."

PennantPark Floating Rate Capital

Dividend Yield: 7.80%

PennantPark Floating Rate Capital (NASDAQ: PFLT) shares currently have a dividend yield of 7.80%.

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 12.60.

The average volume for PennantPark Floating Rate Capital has been 85,800 shares per day over the past 30 days. PennantPark Floating Rate Capital has a market cap of $206.5 million and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are up 9.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates PennantPark Floating Rate Capital as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, expanding profit margins and increase in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including feeble growth in the company's earnings per share and disappointing return on equity.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • PFLT's very impressive revenue growth greatly exceeded the industry average of 8.7%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues leaped by 74.8%. This growth in revenue does not appear to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, displayed by a decline in earnings per share.
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Capital Markets industry average. The net income increased by 38.1% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from $3.94 million to $5.45 million.
  • Compared to where it was 12 months ago, the stock is up, but it has so far lagged the appreciation in the S&P 500. Despite the fact that it has already risen in the past year, there is currently no conclusive evidence that warrants the purchase or sale of this stock.
  • PENNANTPARK FLOATING RT CAP's earnings per share declined by 13.8% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. Earnings per share have declined over the last year. We anticipate that this should continue in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, PENNANTPARK FLOATING RT CAP reported lower earnings of $1.36 versus $1.75 in the prior year. For the next year, the market is expecting a contraction of 16.9% in earnings ($1.13 versus $1.36).
  • 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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Whitestone REIT

Dividend Yield: 8.50%

Whitestone REIT (NYSE: WSR) shares currently have a dividend yield of 8.50%.

WhiteStone REIT is a Maryland REIT engaged in owning and operating commercial properties in culturally diverse markets in major metropolitan areas. The company has a P/E ratio of 337.00.

The average volume for Whitestone REIT has been 176,800 shares per day over the past 30 days. Whitestone REIT has a market cap of $295.8 million and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are down 4.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Whitestone REIT as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, good cash flow from operations and increase in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • The revenue growth came in higher than the industry average of 9.5%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 39.0%. This growth in revenue appears to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, improving the earnings per share.
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) industry. The net income increased by 210.1% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from $0.20 million to $0.61 million.
  • WHITESTONE REIT 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, WHITESTONE REIT reported lower earnings of $0.04 versus $0.11 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($0.26 versus $0.04).
  • 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 Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) industry and the overall market on the basis of return on equity, WHITESTONE REIT underperformed against that of the industry average and is significantly less than that of the S&P 500.
  • The gross profit margin for WHITESTONE REIT is rather low; currently it is at 20.39%. It has decreased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of 3.76% significantly trails the industry average.

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Horizon Technology Finance

Dividend Yield: 9.70%

Horizon Technology Finance (NASDAQ: HRZN) shares currently have a dividend yield of 9.70%.

Horizon Technology Finance Corporation, a specialty finance company, lends to and invests in development-stage companies in the United States. The company has a P/E ratio of 11.64.

The average volume for Horizon Technology Finance has been 40,200 shares per day over the past 30 days. Horizon Technology Finance has a market cap of $136.2 million and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are down 4.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Horizon Technology Finance as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including disappointing return on equity and relatively poor performance when compared with the S&P 500 during the past year.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • The revenue growth greatly exceeded the industry average of 8.7%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 31.6%. This growth in revenue appears to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, improving the earnings per share.
  • The gross profit margin for HORIZON TECHNOLOGY FINANCE is rather high; currently it is at 65.15%. It has increased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of 44.62% significantly outperformed against the industry average.
  • Net operating cash flow has slightly increased to -$16.25 million or 7.16% when compared to the same quarter last year. Despite an increase in cash flow of 7.16%, HORIZON TECHNOLOGY FINANCE is still growing at a significantly lower rate than the industry average of 272.03%.
  • In its most recent trading session, HRZN has closed at a price level that was not very different from its closing price of one year earlier. This is probably due to its weak earnings growth as well as other mixed factors. 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.
  • 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 Capital Markets industry and the overall market on the basis of return on equity, HORIZON TECHNOLOGY FINANCE underperformed against that of the industry average and is significantly less than that of the S&P 500.

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Vector Group

Dividend Yield: 9.70%

Vector Group (NYSE: VGR) shares currently have a dividend yield of 9.70%.

Vector Group Ltd., through its subsidiaries, engages in the manufacture and sale of cigarettes in the United States. The company operates in Tobacco and Real Estate segments.

The average volume for Vector Group has been 395,100 shares per day over the past 30 days. Vector Group has a market cap of $1.6 billion and is part of the tobacco industry. Shares are up 10.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Vector Group as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including feeble growth in the company's earnings per share and deteriorating net income.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • VGR's revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 1.4%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 2.3%. This growth in revenue does not appear to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, displayed by a decline in earnings per share.
  • The gross profit margin for VECTOR GROUP LTD is rather high; currently it is at 52.96%. It has increased from the same quarter the previous year. Regardless of the strong results of the gross profit margin, the net profit margin of -24.63% is in-line with the industry average.
  • Net operating cash flow has increased to $50.05 million or 26.98% when compared to the same quarter last year. Despite an increase in cash flow, VECTOR GROUP LTD's average is still marginally south of the industry average growth rate of 28.75%.
  • VECTOR GROUP LTD 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. During the past fiscal year, VECTOR GROUP LTD reported lower earnings of $0.29 versus $0.78 in the prior year.
  • 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 Tobacco industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 305.7% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $17.93 million to -$36.89 million.

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