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.
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The following pages contain our analysis of 4 stocks with substantial yields, that ultimately, we have rated "Hold." Niska Gas Storage Partners (NYSE: NKA) shares currently have a dividend yield of 9.00%. Niska Gas Storage Partners LLC owns and operates natural gas storage assets in North America. The company has a P/E ratio of 119.77. The average volume for Niska Gas Storage Partners has been 57,300 shares per day over the past 30 days. Niska Gas Storage Partners has a market cap of $543.5 million and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are up 2.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. TheStreet Ratings rates Niska Gas Storage Partners as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, compelling growth in net income and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including generally higher debt management risk and weak operating cash flow. Highlights from the ratings report include:
- NKA's very impressive revenue growth greatly exceeded the industry average of 5.7%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues leaped by 50.2%. This growth in revenue does not appear to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, displaying stagnant 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 Oil, Gas & Consumable Fuels industry. The net income increased by 49.0% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from -$15.40 million to -$7.84 million.
- The gross profit margin for NISKA GAS STORAGE PARTNERS is rather high; currently it is at 50.11%. It has increased significantly from the same period last year. Regardless of the strong results of the gross profit margin, the net profit margin of -21.27% is in-line with the industry average.
- The debt-to-equity ratio of 1.24 is relatively high when compared with the industry average, suggesting a need for better debt level management. Along with this, the company manages to maintain a quick ratio of 0.35, which clearly demonstrates the inability to cover short-term cash needs.
- Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to -$59.49 million or 334.01% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much lower.
- You can view the full Niska Gas Storage Partners Ratings Report.