3 Sell-Rated Dividend Stocks: WRE, CG, SDLP

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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 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."

Washington REIT

Dividend Yield: 5.00%

Washington REIT (NYSE: WRE) shares currently have a dividend yield of 5.00%.

Washington Real Estate Investment Trust is an equity real estate investment trust (REIT). The company engages in the ownership, operation, and development of real properties. The firm invests in real estate markets of the greater Washington D.C. metro region. The company has a P/E ratio of 121.20.

The average volume for Washington REIT has been 430,600 shares per day over the past 30 days. Washington REIT has a market cap of $1.6 billion and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are up 3.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Washington REIT as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its feeble growth in its earnings per share, disappointing return on equity, weak operating cash flow and poor profit margins.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • WASHINGTON REIT 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 suffered a declining pattern earnings per share over the past two years. During the past fiscal year, WASHINGTON REIT reported lower earnings of $0.00 versus $0.12 in the prior year.
  • 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, WASHINGTON REIT underperformed against that of the industry average and is significantly less than that of the S&P 500.
  • Net operating cash flow has decreased to $19.83 million or 48.26% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much lower.
  • The gross profit margin for WASHINGTON REIT is rather low; currently it is at 21.02%. It has decreased from the same quarter the previous year. Regardless of the weak results of the gross profit margin, the net profit margin of 28.17% is above that of the industry average.
  • Compared to where it was trading one year ago, WRE is down 13.42% to its most recent closing price of 23.49. Looking ahead, our view is that this stock still does not have good upside potential and may even suffer further declines.

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Carlyle Group L P

Dividend Yield: 17.70%

Carlyle Group L P (NASDAQ: CG) shares currently have a dividend yield of 17.70%.

The Carlyle Group LP is an investment firm specializing in direct and fund of fund investments. The company has a P/E ratio of 16.63.

The average volume for Carlyle Group L P has been 589,800 shares per day over the past 30 days. Carlyle Group L P has a market cap of $1.6 billion and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are down 12% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Carlyle Group L P as a sell. The area that we feel has been the company's primary weakness has been its relatively poor performance when compared with the S&P 500 during the past year.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • 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. 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.
  • 45.14% is the gross profit margin for CARLYLE GROUP LP which we consider to be strong. It has increased from the same quarter the previous year. Despite the strong results of the gross profit margin, CG's net profit margin of 4.35% significantly trails the industry average.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly increased by 1931.38% to $437.70 million when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, CARLYLE GROUP LP has also vastly surpassed the industry average cash flow growth rate of 123.99%.
  • The company's current return on equity greatly increased when compared to its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a signal of significant strength within the corporation. Compared to other companies in the Capital Markets industry and the overall market, CARLYLE GROUP LP's return on equity exceeds that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • CARLYLE GROUP LP reported significant earnings per share improvement 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, CARLYLE GROUP LP increased its bottom line by earning $1.80 versus $0.31 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($3.14 versus $1.80).

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Seadrill Partners

Dividend Yield: 6.00%

Seadrill Partners (NYSE: SDLP) shares currently have a dividend yield of 6.00%.

Seadrill Partners LLC owns, operates, and acquires offshore drilling rig. The company intends to acquire interests in three drilling rigs and one drillship. It plans to serve various oil companies. The company was founded in 2012 and is based in London, United Kingdom. The company has a P/E ratio of 105.55.

The average volume for Seadrill Partners has been 331,300 shares per day over the past 30 days. Seadrill Partners has a market cap of $1.3 billion and is part of the energy industry. Shares are down 5.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Seadrill Partners as a sell. Among the areas we feel are negative, one of the most important has been very high debt management risk by most measures.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • Currently the debt-to-equity ratio of 1.88 is quite high overall and when compared to the industry average, suggesting that the current management of debt levels should be re-evaluated. Along with the unfavorable debt-to-equity ratio, SDLP maintains a poor quick ratio of 0.81, which illustrates the inability to avoid short-term cash problems.
  • 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. Turning our attention to the future direction of the stock, we do not believe this stock offers ample reward opportunity to compensate for the risks, despite the fact that it rose over the past year.
  • SEADRILL PARTNERS LLC reported significant earnings per share improvement 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. During the past fiscal year, SEADRILL PARTNERS LLC increased its bottom line by earning $5.71 versus $1.51 in the prior year.
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Energy Equipment & Services industry. The net income increased by 184.5% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from $22.00 million to $62.60 million.
  • Compared to other companies in the Energy Equipment & Services industry and the overall market on the basis of return on equity, SEADRILL PARTNERS LLC has underperformed in comparison with the industry average, but has exceeded that of the S&P 500.

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