3 Sell-Rated Dividend Stocks: GOOD, AT, TOO

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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."

Gladstone Commercial

Dividend Yield: 8.30%

Gladstone Commercial (NASDAQ: GOOD) shares currently have a dividend yield of 8.30%.

Gladstone Commercial Corporation operates as a real estate investment trust (REIT) in the United States. It engages in investing in and owning net leased industrial and commercial real properties, and making long-term industrial and commercial mortgage loans.

The average volume for Gladstone Commercial has been 109,600 shares per day over the past 30 days. Gladstone Commercial has a market cap of $343.4 million and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are up 0.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Gladstone Commercial as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity, weak operating cash flow, generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself and feeble growth in its earnings per share.

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 Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 25.7% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $0.31 million to $0.23 million.
  • 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 Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) industry and the overall market, GLADSTONE COMMERCIAL CORP's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • Net operating cash flow has declined marginally to $7.64 million or 4.95% when compared to the same quarter last year. Despite a decrease in cash flow of 4.95%, GLADSTONE COMMERCIAL CORP is still significantly exceeding the industry average of -61.55%.
  • In its most recent trading session, GOOD 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. 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.
  • GLADSTONE COMMERCIAL CORP has improved earnings per share by 16.7% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. 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, GLADSTONE COMMERCIAL CORP reported poor results of -$0.22 versus -$0.05 in the prior year. For the next year, the market is expecting a contraction of 311.4% in earnings (-$0.91 versus -$0.22).

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Atlantic Power

Dividend Yield: 17.20%

Atlantic Power (NYSE: AT) shares currently have a dividend yield of 17.20%.

Atlantic Power Corporation owns and operates a fleet of power generation assets in the United States and Canada.

The average volume for Atlantic Power has been 1,451,500 shares per day over the past 30 days. Atlantic Power has a market cap of $255.9 million and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are down 40.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Atlantic Power as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity, generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself 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 Independent Power Producers & Energy Traders industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 1870.0% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from -$3.00 million to -$59.10 million.
  • 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 Independent Power Producers & Energy Traders industry and the overall market, ATLANTIC POWER CORP's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • The debt-to-equity ratio is very high at 3.67 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, AT's quick ratio is somewhat strong at 1.37, demonstrating the ability to handle short-term liquidity needs.
  • Despite any intermediate fluctuations, we have only bad news to report on this stock's performance over the last year: it has tumbled by 50.00%, worse than the S&P 500's performance. Consistent with the plunge in the stock price, the company's earnings per share are down 2550.00% compared to the year-earlier quarter. Naturally, the overall market trend is bound to be a significant factor. However, in one sense, the stock's sharp decline last year is a positive for future investors, making it cheaper (in proportion to its earnings over the past year) than most other stocks in its industry. But due to other concerns, we feel the stock is still not a good buy right now.
  • ATLANTIC POWER CORP 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 not demonstrated a clear trend in earnings over the past 2 years, making it difficult to accurately predict earnings for the coming year. During the past fiscal year, ATLANTIC POWER CORP continued to lose money by earning -$0.24 versus -$1.10 in the prior year.

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Teekay Offshore Partners

Dividend Yield: 7.70%

Teekay Offshore Partners (NYSE: TOO) shares currently have a dividend yield of 7.70%.

Teekay Offshore Partners L.P. provides marine transportation, oil production, and storage services to the offshore oil industry in the North Sea and Brazil. The company has a P/E ratio of 29.97.

The average volume for Teekay Offshore Partners has been 166,700 shares per day over the past 30 days. Teekay Offshore Partners has a market cap of $2.4 billion and is part of the transportation industry. Shares are down 18.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Teekay Offshore Partners as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its deteriorating net income, generally high debt management risk, disappointing return on equity, weak operating cash flow and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

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 Oil, Gas & Consumable Fuels industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 109.8% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $55.33 million to -$5.45 million.
  • The debt-to-equity ratio is very high at 3.70 and currently higher than the industry average, implying increased risk associated with the management of debt levels within the company. Along with the unfavorable debt-to-equity ratio, TOO maintains a poor quick ratio of 0.71, which illustrates the inability to avoid short-term cash problems.
  • 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 Oil, Gas & Consumable Fuels industry and the overall market, TEEKAY OFFSHORE PARTNERS LP's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to $17.37 million or 77.68% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much lower.
  • The share price of TEEKAY OFFSHORE PARTNERS LP has not done very well: it is down 10.19% and has underperformed the S&P 500, in part reflecting the company's sharply declining earnings per share when compared to the year-earlier quarter. 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.

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