3 Hold-Rated Dividend Stocks: MAA, RESI, BXMT

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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 "Hold."

Mid-America Apartment Communities

Dividend Yield: 4.10%

Mid-America Apartment Communities (NYSE: MAA) shares currently have a dividend yield of 4.10%.

Mid-America Apartment Communities, Inc. is an independent real estate investment trust. The firm invests in the real estate markets of the United States. It is engaged in acquisition, redevelopment, new development, property management, and disposition of multifamily apartment communities. The company has a P/E ratio of 197.67.

The average volume for Mid-America Apartment Communities has been 451,200 shares per day over the past 30 days. Mid-America Apartment Communities has a market cap of $5.3 billion and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are up 17.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Mid-America Apartment Communities as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels and increase in stock price during the past year. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including feeble growth in the company's earnings per share, unimpressive growth in net income and disappointing return on equity.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • MAA's very impressive revenue growth greatly exceeded the industry average of 9.8%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues leaped by 90.3%. 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.
  • 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 Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) industry and the overall market on the basis of return on equity, MID-AMERICA APT CMNTYS INC underperformed against that of the industry average and is significantly less than that of the S&P 500.
  • The gross profit margin for MID-AMERICA APT CMNTYS INC is rather low; currently it is at 18.42%. It has decreased significantly from the same period last year. Along with this, the net profit margin of 6.10% significantly trails the industry average.

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Altisource Residential Corporation

Dividend Yield: 6.10%

Altisource Residential Corporation (NYSE: RESI) shares currently have a dividend yield of 6.10%.

Altisource Residential Corporation, through its wholly-owned subsidiary, Altisource Residential, L.P., focuses on acquiring, owning, and managing single-family rental properties in the United States. The company has a P/E ratio of 10.50.

The average volume for Altisource Residential Corporation has been 1,162,000 shares per day over the past 30 days. Altisource Residential Corporation has a market cap of $1.5 billion and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are down 12.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Altisource Residential Corporation as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, solid stock price performance and impressive record of earnings per share growth. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company's return on equity has been disappointing.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • RESI's very impressive revenue growth greatly exceeded the industry average of 9.8%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues leaped by 4818.8%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share.
  • Powered by its strong earnings growth of 692.30% and other important driving factors, this stock has surged by 35.91% over the past year, outperforming the rise in the S&P 500 Index during the same period. Although RESI had significant growth over the past year, our hold rating indicates that we do not recommend additional investment in this stock at the current time.
  • The gross profit margin for ALTISOURCE RESIDENTIAL CORP is rather high; currently it is at 64.36%. It has increased significantly from the same period last year. Along with this, the net profit margin of 56.24% significantly outperformed against the industry average.
  • When compared to other companies in the Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) industry and the overall market, ALTISOURCE RESIDENTIAL CORP's return on equity is below that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.

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Blackstone Mortgage

Dividend Yield: 6.70%

Blackstone Mortgage (NYSE: BXMT) shares currently have a dividend yield of 6.70%.

Blackstone Mortgage Trust, Inc., a real estate finance company, primarily focuses on originating mortgage loans backed by commercial real estate assets. The company operates through Loan Origination and CT Legacy Portfolio segments. The company has a P/E ratio of 13.22.

The average volume for Blackstone Mortgage has been 468,300 shares per day over the past 30 days. Blackstone Mortgage has a market cap of $1.4 billion and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are up 5.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Blackstone Mortgage 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 find that the company's return on equity has been disappointing.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • BXMT's very impressive revenue growth greatly exceeded the industry average of 9.8%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues leaped by 2211.5%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share.
  • The gross profit margin for BLACKSTONE MORTGAGE TR INC is currently very high, coming in at 80.40%. It has increased significantly from the same period last year. Along with this, the net profit margin of 38.81% significantly outperformed against the industry average.
  • BLACKSTONE MORTGAGE TR INC 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, BLACKSTONE MORTGAGE TR INC swung to a loss, reporting -$0.25 versus $73.00 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($1.94 versus -$0.25).
  • In its most recent trading session, BXMT 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. 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.
  • 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 Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) industry and the overall market on the basis of return on equity, BLACKSTONE MORTGAGE TR INC underperformed against that of the industry average and is significantly less than that of the S&P 500.

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