What To Hold: 3 Hold-Rated Dividend Stocks ABR, FISH, CTCM

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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: 7.70%

Arbor Realty (NYSE: ABR) shares currently have a dividend yield of 7.70%.

Arbor Realty Trust, Inc. operates as a real estate investment trust (REIT) in the United States. The company has a P/E ratio of 4.02.

The average volume for Arbor Realty has been 94,300 shares per day over the past 30 days. Arbor Realty has a market cap of $339.2 million and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are up 1.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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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 revenue growth, notable return on equity and attractive valuation levels. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the stock has experienced relatively poor performance when compared with the S&P 500 during the past year.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • ABR's revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 13.8%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 17.1%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share.
  • The company's current return on equity greatly increased when compared to its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a signal of significant strength within the corporation. Compared to other companies in the Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) industry and the overall market, ARBOR REALTY TRUST INC's return on equity exceeds that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • 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 ($1.68 versus $0.41).
  • In its most recent trading session, ABR 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. 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.

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Marlin Midstream Partners

Dividend Yield: 8.50%

Marlin Midstream Partners (NASDAQ: FISH) shares currently have a dividend yield of 8.50%.

Marlin Midstream Partners, LP, together with its subsidiaries, acquires, owns, develops, and operates midstream energy assets in the United States. The company operates through two segments, Midstream Natural Gas and Crude Oil Logistics. The company has a P/E ratio of 25.64.

The average volume for Marlin Midstream Partners has been 41,900 shares per day over the past 30 days. Marlin Midstream Partners has a market cap of $154.3 million and is part of the energy industry. Shares are up 2.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Marlin Midstream Partners as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company's revenue growth has not been good.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • MARLIN MIDSTREAM PARTNERS LP reported significant earnings per share improvement in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($1.32 versus $0.36).
  • 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 219.4% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from $1.92 million to $6.14 million.
  • In its most recent trading session, FISH 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.
  • When compared to other companies in the Oil, Gas & Consumable Fuels industry and the overall market, MARLIN MIDSTREAM PARTNERS LP's return on equity is below that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • FISH, with its decline in revenue, slightly underperformed the industry average of 6.5%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly dropped by 9.1%. The declining revenue has not hurt the company's bottom line, with increasing earnings per share.

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CTC Media

Dividend Yield: 11.10%

CTC Media (NASDAQ: CTCM) shares currently have a dividend yield of 11.10%.

CTC Media, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates as an independent media company in Russia and other CIS markets. The company has a P/E ratio of 7.36.

The average volume for CTC Media has been 1,094,600 shares per day over the past 30 days. CTC Media has a market cap of $986.0 million and is part of the media industry. Shares are down 54.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates CTC Media as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, attractive valuation levels and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, weak operating cash flow and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • CTCM 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 the favorable debt-to-equity ratio, the company maintains an adequate quick ratio of 1.01, which illustrates the ability to avoid short-term cash problems.
  • CTCM, with its decline in revenue, underperformed when compared the industry average of 9.0%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly dropped by 7.3%. The declining revenue appears to have seeped down to the company's bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.
  • 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 Media industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 32.3% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $46.66 million to $31.60 million.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to $4.99 million or 68.04% 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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