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.
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The following pages contain our analysis of 3 stocks with substantial yields, that ultimately, we have rated "Sell." SeaWorld Entertainment Dividend Yield: 4.90% SeaWorld Entertainment (NYSE: SEAS) shares currently have a dividend yield of 4.90%. SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc. operates as a theme park and entertainment company in the United States. The company has a P/E ratio of 24.72. The average volume for SeaWorld Entertainment has been 1,657,200 shares per day over the past 30 days. SeaWorld Entertainment has a market cap of $1.5 billion and is part of the leisure industry. Shares are down 40.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12 months. Learn more. TheStreet Ratings rates SeaWorld Entertainment as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its unimpressive growth in net income, 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 Hotels, Restaurants & Leisure industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 27.8% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $120.74 million to $87.18 million.
- Despite any intermediate fluctuations, we have only bad news to report on this stock's performance over the last year: it has tumbled by 48.15%, worse than the S&P 500's performance. Consistent with the plunge in the stock price, the company's earnings per share are down 25.37% compared to the year-earlier 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.
- SEAWORLD ENTERTAINMENT INC's earnings per share declined by 25.4% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. The company has reported a trend of declining earnings per share over the past year. However, the consensus estimate suggests that this trend should reverse in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, SEAWORLD ENTERTAINMENT INC reported lower earnings of $0.58 versus $0.83 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($0.77 versus $0.58).
- 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. In comparison to the other companies in the Hotels, Restaurants & Leisure industry and the overall market, SEAWORLD ENTERTAINMENT INC's return on equity is significantly below that of the industry average and is below that of the S&P 500.
- The gross profit margin for SEAWORLD ENTERTAINMENT INC is rather high; currently it is at 51.78%. Regardless of SEAS's high profit margin, it has managed to decrease from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, SEAS's net profit margin of 17.58% compares favorably to the industry average.
- You can view the full SeaWorld Entertainment Ratings Report.
- 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 Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) industry and the overall market, AMERICAN CAPITAL AGENCY CORP's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
- AMERICAN CAPITAL AGENCY CORP 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. We feel it is likely to report a decline in earnings in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, AMERICAN CAPITAL AGENCY CORP reported lower earnings of $3.17 versus $4.40 in the prior year. For the next year, the market is expecting a contraction of 68.1% in earnings ($1.01 versus $3.17).
- Compared to where it was 12 months ago, the stock is up, but it has so far lagged the appreciation in 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.
- The gross profit margin for AMERICAN CAPITAL AGENCY CORP is currently very high, coming in at 90.57%. Despite the high profit margin, it has decreased significantly from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, AGNC's net profit margin of 53.09% significantly outperformed against the industry.
- 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 128.1% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from -$701.00 million to $197.00 million.
- You can view the full American Capital Agency Ratings Report.
- LINE has underperformed the S&P 500 Index, declining 24.25% 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.
- LINN ENERGY LLC 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, LINN ENERGY LLC reported poor results of -$2.78 versus -$1.86 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($1.71 versus -$2.78).
- 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 86.7% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from -$30.06 million to -$4.00 million.
- Net operating cash flow has increased to $520.18 million or 37.19% when compared to the same quarter last year. The firm also exceeded the industry average cash flow growth rate of -2.19%.
- LINE's very impressive revenue growth greatly exceeded the industry average of 6.4%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues leaped by 183.1%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share.
- You can view the full Linn Energy Ratings Report.
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