3 Hold-Rated Dividend Stocks: RRD, SPLS, CVRR

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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."

RR Donnelley & Sons

Dividend Yield: 6.20%

RR Donnelley & Sons (NASDAQ: RRD) shares currently have a dividend yield of 6.20%.

R.R. Donnelley & Sons Company provides integrated communication solutions to private and public sectors worldwide. It operates through Publishing and Retail Services, Variable Print, Strategic Services, and International segments. The company has a P/E ratio of 19.87.

The average volume for RR Donnelley & Sons has been 2,146,200 shares per day over the past 30 days. RR Donnelley & Sons has a market cap of $3.4 billion and is part of the diversified services industry. Shares are down 17.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates RR Donnelley & Sons as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity and reasonable valuation levels. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income, poor profit margins and generally higher debt management risk.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • RRD's revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 4.0%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 5.3%. 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 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 Commercial Services & Supplies industry and the overall market, DONNELLEY (R R) & SONS CO's return on equity exceeds that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • 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.
  • 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 Commercial Services & Supplies industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 207.0% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $27.10 million to -$29.00 million.
  • The gross profit margin for DONNELLEY (R R) & SONS CO is rather low; currently it is at 21.89%. It has decreased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of -1.08% trails that of the industry average.

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Staples

Dividend Yield: 4.40%

Staples (NASDAQ: SPLS) shares currently have a dividend yield of 4.40%.

Staples, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates office products superstores. It operates in three segments: North American Stores & Online, North American Commercial, and International Operations. The company has a P/E ratio of 11.47.

The average volume for Staples has been 10,861,700 shares per day over the past 30 days. Staples has a market cap of $7.1 billion and is part of the specialty retail industry. Shares are down 30.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Staples as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its reasonable valuation levels, good cash flow from operations and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income, poor profit margins and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • Net operating cash flow has slightly increased to $359.85 million or 3.53% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, STAPLES INC has also modestly surpassed the industry average cash flow growth rate of -3.82%.
  • SPLS's debt-to-equity ratio is very low at 0.19 and is currently below that of the industry average, implying that there has been very successful management of debt levels. Although the company had a strong debt-to-equity ratio, its quick ratio of 0.74 is somewhat weak and could be cause for future problems.
  • 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 Specialty Retail industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 43.4% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $169.93 million to $96.21 million.
  • The gross profit margin for STAPLES INC is currently lower than what is desirable, coming in at 26.94%. It has decreased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of 1.70% trails that of the industry average.

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CVR Refining

Dividend Yield: 15.50%

CVR Refining (NYSE: CVRR) shares currently have a dividend yield of 15.50%.

CVR Refining, LP operates as a petroleum refiner in the United States. The company has a P/E ratio of 6.42.

The average volume for CVR Refining has been 582,900 shares per day over the past 30 days. CVR Refining has a market cap of $3.7 billion and is part of the energy industry. Shares are up 13.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates CVR Refining as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including poor profit margins and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • CVRR's revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 3.2%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 4.5%. 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 current debt-to-equity ratio, 0.34, is low and is below the industry average, implying that there has been successful management of debt levels. Along with the favorable debt-to-equity ratio, the company maintains an adequate quick ratio of 1.42, which illustrates the ability to avoid short-term cash problems.
  • Net operating cash flow has slightly increased to $258.20 million or 7.78% when compared to the same quarter last year. Despite an increase in cash flow, CVR REFINING LP's average is still marginally south of the industry average growth rate of 17.57%.
  • Reflecting the weaknesses we have cited, including the decline in the company's earnings per share, CVRR has underperformed the S&P 500 Index, declining 15.35% from its price level of one year ago. 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.
  • The gross profit margin for CVR REFINING LP is currently extremely low, coming in at 8.96%. 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 11.17% is above that of the industry average.

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