3 Hold-Rated Dividend Stocks: LXP, FE, HE

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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."

Lexington Realty

Dividend Yield: 5.70%

Lexington Realty (NYSE: LXP) shares currently have a dividend yield of 5.70%.

Lexington Corporate Properties Trust operates as a self-managed and self-administered real estate investment trust (REIT). The company acquires, owns, and manages a portfolio of office, industrial, and retail properties net-leased to corporate tenants in the United States.

The average volume for Lexington Realty has been 1,876,300 shares per day over the past 30 days. Lexington Realty has a market cap of $2.7 billion and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are up 13.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • The revenue growth came in higher than the industry average of 10.3%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 21.2%. 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 133.8% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from -$2.62 million to $0.89 million.
  • Net operating cash flow has slightly increased to $59.94 million or 4.91% when compared to the same quarter last year. Despite an increase in cash flow, LEXINGTON REALTY TRUST's cash flow growth rate is still lower than the industry average growth rate of 29.99%.
  • 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, LEXINGTON REALTY TRUST's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • The gross profit margin for LEXINGTON REALTY TRUST is currently lower than what is desirable, coming in at 26.28%. It has decreased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of 0.78% significantly trails the industry average.

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FirstEnergy

Dividend Yield: 4.20%

FirstEnergy (NYSE: FE) shares currently have a dividend yield of 4.20%.

FirstEnergy Corp., a diversified energy company, generates, transmits, and distributes electricity in the United States. The company operates through Regulated Distribution, Regulated Transmission, and Competitive Energy Services segments. The company has a P/E ratio of 47.34.

The average volume for FirstEnergy has been 4,051,400 shares per day over the past 30 days. FirstEnergy has a market cap of $14.5 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are up 5.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday.

TheStreet Ratings rates FirstEnergy as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth and increase in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including generally higher debt management risk, disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • FE's revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 10.4%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 12.5%. 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 Electric Utilities industry average, but is less than that of the S&P 500. The net income increased by 6.1% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, going from $196.00 million to $208.00 million.
  • FIRSTENERGY CORP's earnings per share declined by 37.0% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. The company has reported a trend of declining earnings per share over the past two years. However, the consensus estimate suggests that this trend should reverse in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, FIRSTENERGY CORP reported lower earnings of $0.90 versus $1.80 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($2.50 versus $0.90).
  • The gross profit margin for FIRSTENERGY CORP is rather low; currently it is at 16.69%. It has decreased significantly from the same period last year. Along with this, the net profit margin of 4.96% trails that of the industry average.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to -$92.00 million or 284.00% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much lower.

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Hawaiian Electric Industries

Dividend Yield: 5.00%

Hawaiian Electric Industries (NYSE: HE) shares currently have a dividend yield of 5.00%.

Hawaiian Electric Industries, Inc., through its subsidiaries, is engaged in electric utility and banking businesses primarily in the State of Hawaii. The company is involved in the production, purchase, transmission, distribution, and sale of electricity. The company has a P/E ratio of 14.20.

The average volume for Hawaiian Electric Industries has been 1,169,600 shares per day over the past 30 days. Hawaiian Electric Industries has a market cap of $2.5 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are down 5.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Hawaiian Electric Industries as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and revenue growth. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including weak operating cash flow, a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself and poor profit margins.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • HAWAIIAN ELECTRIC INDS has improved earnings per share by 32.4% 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 two years. We feel that this trend should continue. This trend suggests that the performance of the business is improving. During the past fiscal year, HAWAIIAN ELECTRIC INDS increased its bottom line by earning $1.62 versus $1.43 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($1.63 versus $1.62).
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has exceeded that of the S&P 500 and greatly outperformed compared to the Electric Utilities industry average. The net income increased by 35.9% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from $34.15 million to $46.40 million.
  • 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. Compared to other companies in the Electric Utilities industry and the overall market on the basis of return on equity, HAWAIIAN ELECTRIC INDS has outperformed in comparison with the industry average, but has underperformed when compared to that of the S&P 500.
  • In its most recent trading session, HE 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. The fact that the stock is now selling for less than others in its industry in relation to its current earnings is not reason enough to justify a buy rating at this time.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to $19.42 million or 59.80% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much lower.

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