What To Hold: 3 Hold-Rated Dividend Stocks VLCCF, NYMT, PGH

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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."

Knightsbridge Tankers

Dividend Yield: 7.50%

Knightsbridge Tankers (NASDAQ: VLCCF) shares currently have a dividend yield of 7.50%.

Knightsbridge Tankers Limited, a shipping company, is engaged in the seaborne transportation of dry bulk cargoes worldwide. As of May 09, 2014, it owned and operated a fleet of five Capesize dry bulk carriers. The company was founded in 1996 and is based in Hamilton, Bermuda. The company has a P/E ratio of 76.36.

The average volume for Knightsbridge Tankers has been 591,800 shares per day over the past 30 days. Knightsbridge Tankers has a market cap of $525.1 million and is part of the transportation industry. Shares are up 8.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Knightsbridge Tankers as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and solid stock price performance. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company's return on equity has been disappointing.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • VLCCF's very impressive revenue growth greatly exceeded the industry average of 10.2%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues leaped by 168.8%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share.
  • VLCCF's debt-to-equity ratio is very low at 0.23 and is currently below that of the industry average, implying that there has been very successful management of debt levels.
  • KNIGHTSBRIDGE TANKERS LTD 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, KNIGHTSBRIDGE TANKERS LTD reported lower earnings of $0.11 versus $0.25 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($0.25 versus $0.11).
  • 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. Compared to other companies in the Marine industry and the overall market on the basis of return on equity, KNIGHTSBRIDGE TANKERS LTD underperformed against that of the industry average and is significantly less than that of the S&P 500.

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New York Mortgage

Dividend Yield: 13.80%

New York Mortgage (NASDAQ: NYMT) shares currently have a dividend yield of 13.80%.

New York Mortgage Trust, Inc., a real estate investment trust (REIT), is engaged in acquiring, investing in, financing, and managing mortgage-related and financial assets in the United States. The company has a P/E ratio of 6.26.

The average volume for New York Mortgage has been 961,200 shares per day over the past 30 days. New York Mortgage has a market cap of $709.2 million and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are up 12.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates New York Mortgage as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, increase in stock price during the past year and compelling growth in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including weak operating cash flow and poor profit margins.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • NYMT's very impressive revenue growth greatly exceeded the industry average of 11.6%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues leaped by 61.3%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share.
  • Compared to where it was a year ago today, the stock is now trading at a higher level, reflecting both the market's overall trend during that period and the fact that the company's earnings growth has been robust. 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.
  • NEW YORK MORTGAGE 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, NEW YORK MORTGAGE TRUST INC reported lower earnings of $1.11 versus $1.25 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($1.13 versus $1.11).
  • The gross profit margin for NEW YORK MORTGAGE TRUST INC is currently lower than what is desirable, coming in at 32.23%. Despite the low profit margin, it has increased significantly from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, NYMT's net profit margin of 27.50% compares favorably to the industry average.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to $5.92 million or 63.65% 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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Pengrowth Energy

Dividend Yield: 7.70%

Pengrowth Energy (NYSE: PGH) shares currently have a dividend yield of 7.70%.

Pengrowth Energy Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, acquires, explores for, develops, and produces oil and natural gas reserves in the provinces of Alberta, British Columbia, Saskatchewan, and Nova Scotia in Canada.

The average volume for Pengrowth Energy has been 1,256,200 shares per day over the past 30 days. Pengrowth Energy has a market cap of $3.0 billion and is part of the energy industry. Shares are down 10.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Pengrowth Energy 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 expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including disappointing return on equity, weak operating cash flow and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself.

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 Oil, Gas & Consumable Fuels industry. The net income increased by 83.5% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from -$53.45 million to -$8.80 million.
  • The current debt-to-equity ratio, 0.48, is low and is below the industry average, implying that there has been successful management of debt levels. Even though the company has a strong debt-to-equity ratio, the quick ratio of 0.48 is very weak and demonstrates a lack of ability to pay short-term obligations.
  • The gross profit margin for PENGROWTH ENERGY CORP is rather high; currently it is at 54.66%. Regardless of PGH's high profit margin, it has managed to decrease from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, PGH's net profit margin of -3.27% significantly underperformed when compared to the industry average.
  • Net operating cash flow has decreased to $109.40 million or 47.60% 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.
  • Current return on equity is lower than its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a clear sign of weakness within the company. Compared to other companies in the Oil, Gas & Consumable Fuels industry and the overall market, PENGROWTH ENERGY CORP's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.

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