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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."

Solar Capital

Dividend Yield: 8.10%

Solar Capital (NASDAQ: SLRC) shares currently have a dividend yield of 8.10%.

Solar Capital Ltd. is a business development company specializing in investments in leveraged middle market companies. The company has a P/E ratio of 12.31.

The average volume for Solar Capital has been 401,200 shares per day over the past 30 days. Solar Capital has a market cap of $836.1 million and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are down 12.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Solar Capital as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including disappointing return on equity and feeble growth in the company's earnings per share.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Capital Markets industry. The net income increased by 131515.4% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from -$0.01 million to $17.08 million.
  • The gross profit margin for SOLAR CAPITAL LTD is currently very high, coming in at 70.54%. It has increased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of 61.00% significantly outperformed against the industry average.
  • SLRC, with its decline in revenue, underperformed when compared the industry average of 2.7%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues fell by 28.5%. The declining revenue has not hurt the company's bottom line, with increasing earnings per share.
  • SOLAR CAPITAL LTD has shown improvement in its earnings for its most recently reported quarter when compared with the same quarter a year earlier. This company has reported somewhat volatile earnings recently. We feel it is likely to report a decline in earnings in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, SOLAR CAPITAL LTD reported lower earnings of $1.70 versus $3.12 in the prior year. For the next year, the market is expecting a contraction of 8.2% in earnings ($1.56 versus $1.70).
  • 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. When compared to other companies in the Capital Markets industry and the overall market, SOLAR CAPITAL LTD's return on equity is below that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.

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