3 Sell-Rated Dividend Stocks: SEAS, NRZ, 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."

SeaWorld Entertainment

Dividend Yield: 4.10%

SeaWorld Entertainment (NYSE: SEAS) shares currently have a dividend yield of 4.10%.

SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc. operates as a theme park and entertainment company in the United States. The company has a P/E ratio of 18.60.

The average volume for SeaWorld Entertainment has been 2,462,700 shares per day over the past 30 days. SeaWorld Entertainment has a market cap of $1.8 billion and is part of the leisure industry. Shares are down 30% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates SeaWorld Entertainment as a sell. Among the areas we feel are negative, one of the most important has been a generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • SEAS's stock share price has done very poorly compared to where it was a year ago: Despite any rallies, the net result is that it is down by 43.05%, which is also worse that the performance of the S&P 500 Index. Investors have so far failed to pay much attention to the earnings improvements the company has managed to achieve over the last quarter. Turning toward the future, the fact that the stock has come down in price over the past year should not necessarily be interpreted as a negative; it could be one of the factors that may help make the stock attractive down the road. Right now, however, we believe that it is too soon to buy.
  • Regardless of the drop in revenue, the company managed to outperform against the industry average of 5.6%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly dropped by 1.5%. The declining revenue has not hurt the company's bottom line, with increasing 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 Hotels, Restaurants & Leisure industry and the overall market on the basis of return on equity, SEAWORLD ENTERTAINMENT INC has underperformed in comparison with the industry average, but has exceeded that of the S&P 500.
  • SEAWORLD ENTERTAINMENT 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, SEAWORLD ENTERTAINMENT INC reported lower earnings of $0.57 versus $0.83 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($0.84 versus $0.57).
  • 45.00% is the gross profit margin for SEAWORLD ENTERTAINMENT INC which we consider to be strong. It has increased from the same quarter the previous year. Regardless of the strong results of the gross profit margin, the net profit margin of 9.21% trails the industry average.

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New Residential Investment

Dividend Yield: 11.10%

New Residential Investment (NYSE: NRZ) shares currently have a dividend yield of 11.10%.

New Residential Investment Corp., a real estate investment trust, focuses on investing in residential mortgage related assets. It operates through Servicing Related Assets, Residential Securities and Loans, and Other Investments segments. The company has a P/E ratio of 5.30.

The average volume for New Residential Investment has been 2,048,300 shares per day over the past 30 days. New Residential Investment has a market cap of $1.8 billion and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are down 6.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates New Residential Investment as a sell. Among the areas we feel are negative, one of the most important has been the company's poor growth in earnings per share.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • NEW RESIDENTIAL INV CP's earnings per share improvement from the most recent quarter was slightly positive. For the next year, the market is expecting a contraction of 26.7% in earnings ($0.72 versus $0.98).
  • In its most recent trading session, NRZ 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. Regardless of the rise in share value over the previous year, we feel that the risks involved in investing in this stock do not compensate for any future upside potential.
  • The gross profit margin for NEW RESIDENTIAL INV CP is currently very high, coming in at 88.95%. Regardless of NRZ's high profit margin, it has managed to decrease from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, NRZ's net profit margin of 45.75% significantly outperformed against the industry.
  • Net operating cash flow has improved to $25.37 million from having none in the same quarter last year. Since the company had no net operating cash flow for the prior period, we cannot calculate a percent change in order to compare its growth rate with that of its industry average.

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Seadrill Partners

Dividend Yield: 6.40%

Seadrill Partners (NYSE: SDLP) shares currently have a dividend yield of 6.40%.

Seadrill Partners LLC owns, operates, and acquires offshore drilling units. The company operates semi-submersible drilling rigs, tender rings, and drill ships. It primarily serves various oil and gas companies. The company was founded in 2012 and is headquartered in London, the United Kingdom. The company has a P/E ratio of 15.77.

The average volume for Seadrill Partners has been 364,500 shares per day over the past 30 days. Seadrill Partners has a market cap of $2.0 billion and is part of the energy industry. Shares are up 13.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Seadrill Partners as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its unimpressive growth in net income and generally high debt management risk.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • 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 Energy Equipment & Services industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 36.3% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $31.10 million to $19.80 million.
  • The debt-to-equity ratio is very high at 4.53 and currently higher than the industry average, implying increased risk associated with the management of debt levels within the company. Even though the debt-to-equity ratio is weak, SDLP's quick ratio is somewhat strong at 1.02, demonstrating the ability to handle short-term liquidity needs.
  • Compared to where it was a year ago, the stock is now trading at a higher level, and has traded in line with 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 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. 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, SEADRILL PARTNERS LLC increased its bottom line by earning $2.29 versus $1.52 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($2.67 versus $2.29).
  • The gross profit margin for SEADRILL PARTNERS LLC is rather high; currently it is at 64.18%. It has increased from the same quarter the previous year. Regardless of the strong results of the gross profit margin, the net profit margin of 7.19% trails the industry average.

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