3 Hold-Rated Dividend Stocks: ABR, BDCV, DSWL

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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."

Arbor Realty

Dividend Yield: 7.40%

Arbor Realty (NYSE: ABR) shares currently have a dividend yield of 7.40%.

Arbor Realty Trust, Inc. operates as a real estate investment trust (REIT) in the United States. The company has a P/E ratio of 13.98.

The average volume for Arbor Realty has been 119,600 shares per day over the past 30 days. Arbor Realty has a market cap of $352.8 million and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are up 5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Arbor Realty as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its compelling growth in net income, revenue growth and attractive valuation levels. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that we feel that the company's cash flow from its operations has been weak overall.

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 Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) industry. The net income increased by 221.9% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from $4.15 million to $13.36 million.
  • Despite its growing revenue, the company underperformed as compared with the industry average of 10.6%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 4.8%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share.
  • ARBOR REALTY TRUST 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, ARBOR REALTY TRUST INC reported lower earnings of $0.41 versus $0.65 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($0.46 versus $0.41).
  • 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. When compared to other companies in the Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) industry and the overall market, ARBOR REALTY TRUST INC's return on equity is below that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • Net operating cash flow has decreased to $8.91 million or 20.75% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing the cash generation rate to the industry average, the firm's growth is significantly lower.

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BDCA Venture

Dividend Yield: 7.10%

BDCA Venture (NASDAQ: BDCV) shares currently have a dividend yield of 7.10%.

Keating Capital, Inc. is a business development company specializing in later stage, emerging growth, growth capital, pre-IPO and secondary purchase investments. It seeks to invest in micro-cap and small-cap private companies that are committed to and capable of becoming public. The company has a P/E ratio of 15.72.

The average volume for BDCA Venture has been 16,400 shares per day over the past 30 days. BDCA Venture has a market cap of $55.4 million and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are down 8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates BDCA Venture as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, compelling growth in net income and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including weak operating cash flow and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • BDCV's very impressive revenue growth greatly exceeded the industry average of 3.0%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues leaped by 2600.0%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share.
  • BDCA VENTURE INC has shown improvement in its earnings for its most recently reported quarter when compared with the same quarter a year earlier. 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, BDCA VENTURE INC turned its bottom line around by earning $0.26 versus -$0.21 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($0.30 versus $0.26).
  • This stock's share value has moved by only 13.51% over the past year. Looking ahead, other than the push or pull of the broad market, we do not see anything in the company's numbers that may help reverse the decline experienced over the past 12 months. Despite the past decline, the stock is still selling for more than most others in its industry.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to -$5.05 million or 568.51% 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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Deswell Industries

Dividend Yield: 9.10%

Deswell Industries (NASDAQ: DSWL) shares currently have a dividend yield of 9.10%.

Deswell Industries, Inc. manufactures and sells injection-molded plastic parts and components, electronic products, assembling, and metallic parts for original equipment manufacturers and contract manufacturers.

The average volume for Deswell Industries has been 35,400 shares per day over the past 30 days. Deswell Industries has a market cap of $35.3 million and is part of the consumer non-durables industry. Shares are down 1.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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

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 Electronic Equipment, Instruments & Components industry. The net income increased by 100.8% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from -$1.72 million to $0.01 million.
  • DSWL has no debt to speak of therefore resulting in a debt-to-equity ratio of zero, which we consider to be a relatively favorable sign. Along with this, the company maintains a quick ratio of 4.23, which clearly demonstrates the ability to cover short-term cash needs.
  • DSWL, with its decline in revenue, underperformed when compared the industry average of 3.5%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues fell by 19.7%. The declining revenue has not hurt the company's bottom line, with increasing earnings per share.
  • DSWL has underperformed the S&P 500 Index, declining 10.62% 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 company's current return on equity has slightly decreased from the same quarter one year prior. This implies a minor weakness in the organization. Compared to other companies in the Electronic Equipment, Instruments & Components industry and the overall market, DESWELL INDUSTRIES INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.

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