3 Buy-Rated Dividend Stocks Taking The Lead: MBT, ENLK, HPT

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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 "Buy."

Mobile Telesystems OJSC

Dividend Yield: 4.80%

Mobile Telesystems OJSC (NYSE: MBT) shares currently have a dividend yield of 4.80%.

Mobile TeleSystems OJSC provides a range of mobile and fixed line voice and data telecommunications services in Russia and the CIS. It offers data transfer, broadband, pay-TV, and various value-added services, as well as sells equipment and accessories. The company has a P/E ratio of 18.41.

The average volume for Mobile Telesystems OJSC has been 1,969,800 shares per day over the past 30 days. Mobile Telesystems OJSC has a market cap of $18.7 billion and is part of the telecommunications industry. Shares are down 12.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Mobile Telesystems OJSC as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, expanding profit margins, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • The revenue growth significantly trails the industry average of 55.6%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 9.9%. 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.
  • MOBILE TELESYSTEMS OJSC's earnings per share declined by 13.3% 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, MOBILE TELESYSTEMS OJSC increased its bottom line by earning $2.34 versus $1.04 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($67.04 versus $2.34).
  • Despite the current debt-to-equity ratio of 1.56, it is still below the industry average, suggesting that this level of debt is acceptable within the Wireless Telecommunication Services industry. Regardless of the somewhat mixed results with the debt-to-equity ratio, the company's quick ratio of 0.94 is weak.
  • The gross profit margin for MOBILE TELESYSTEMS OJSC is currently very high, coming in at 72.52%. Regardless of MBT's high profit margin, it has managed to decrease from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, MBT's net profit margin of 20.94% is significantly lower than the industry average.
  • 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 Wireless Telecommunication Services industry and the overall market, MOBILE TELESYSTEMS OJSC's return on equity significantly exceeds that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.

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EnLink Midstream Partners

Dividend Yield: 4.70%

EnLink Midstream Partners (NASDAQ: ENLK) shares currently have a dividend yield of 4.70%.

EnLink Midstream Partners, LP, through its subsidiary, EnLink Midstream Operating, LP, provides midstream energy services. It is engaged in the gathering, transmission, processing, fractionation, and marketing natural gas, natural gas liquids (NGLs), crude oil, and condensate.

The average volume for EnLink Midstream Partners has been 419,500 shares per day over the past 30 days. EnLink Midstream Partners has a market cap of $3.4 billion and is part of the energy industry. Shares are up 13.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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Hospitality Properties

Dividend Yield: 6.10%

Hospitality Properties (NYSE: HPT) shares currently have a dividend yield of 6.10%.

Hospitality Properties Trust, a real estate investment trust (REIT), engages in buying, owning, and leasing hotels. The company has a P/E ratio of 34.94.

The average volume for Hospitality Properties has been 642,500 shares per day over the past 30 days. Hospitality Properties has a market cap of $4.4 billion and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are up 7.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Hospitality Properties as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels, good cash flow from operations and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • 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 Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) industry average. The net income increased by 18.9% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, going from $45.35 million to $53.92 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 9.6%. This growth in revenue appears to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, improving the earnings per share.
  • Net operating cash flow has slightly increased to $138.03 million or 8.94% when compared to the same quarter last year. Despite an increase in cash flow, HOSPITALITY PROPERTIES TRUST's average is still marginally south of the industry average growth rate of 17.00%.
  • The stock price has risen over the past year, but, despite its earnings growth and some other positive factors, it has underperformed the S&P 500 so far. Turning our attention to the future direction of the stock, it goes without saying that even the best stocks can fall in an overall down market. However, in any other environment, this stock still has good upside potential despite the fact that it has already risen in the past year.

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