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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."

Triangle Capital Corporation

Dividend Yield: 8.80%

Triangle Capital Corporation (NYSE: TCAP) shares currently have a dividend yield of 8.80%.

Triangle Capital Corporation is a business development company specializing in private equity and mezzanine investments. The company has a P/E ratio of 12.20.

The average volume for Triangle Capital Corporation has been 286,400 shares per day over the past 30 days. Triangle Capital Corporation has a market cap of $814.2 million and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are up 21.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Triangle Capital Corporation as a hold. Among the primary strengths of the company is its expanding profit margins over time. At the same time, however, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, weak operating cash flow and disappointing return on equity.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • The gross profit margin for TRIANGLE CAPITAL CORP is currently very high, coming in at 83.30%. It has increased from the same quarter the previous year. Regardless of the strong results of the gross profit margin, the net profit margin of -35.42% is in-line with the industry average.
  • Regardless of the drop in revenue, the company managed to outperform against the industry average of 12.8%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly dropped by 8.9%. Weakness in the company's revenue seems to have hurt the bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.
  • TRIANGLE CAPITAL 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 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, TRIANGLE CAPITAL CORP increased its bottom line by earning $2.94 versus $2.23 in the prior year. For the next year, the market is expecting a contraction of 30.9% in earnings ($2.03 versus $2.94).
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to -$115.04 million or 353.29% 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 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 Capital Markets industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 138.0% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $23.17 million to -$8.81 million.

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THL Credit

Dividend Yield: 11.20%

THL Credit (NASDAQ: TCRD) shares currently have a dividend yield of 11.20%.

THL Credit, Inc. is a business development company specializing in direct and fund of fund investments. The fund seeks to invest in debt and equity securities of middle market companies. The company has a P/E ratio of 9.67.

The average volume for THL Credit has been 241,800 shares per day over the past 30 days. THL Credit has a market cap of $413.0 million and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are up 3.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates THL Credit as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, increase in net income and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the stock has had a generally disappointing performance in the past year.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • The revenue growth greatly exceeded the industry average of 12.8%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 21.4%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share.
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Capital Markets industry. The net income increased by 52.2% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from $7.76 million to $11.81 million.
  • 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 Capital Markets industry and the overall market on the basis of return on equity, THL CREDIT INC has outperformed in comparison with the industry average, but has underperformed when compared to that of the S&P 500.
  • THL CREDIT INC reported significant earnings per share improvement in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. The company has demonstrated a pattern of positive earnings per share growth over the past two years. However, we anticipate underperformance relative to this pattern in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, THL CREDIT INC increased its bottom line by earning $1.45 versus $1.26 in the prior year. For the next year, the market is expecting a contraction of 3.4% in earnings ($1.40 versus $1.45).
  • TCRD has underperformed the S&P 500 Index, declining 22.95% 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.

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Electro Rent

Dividend Yield: 7.70%

Electro Rent (NASDAQ: ELRC) shares currently have a dividend yield of 7.70%.

Electro Rent Corporation rents, leases, and sells new and used electronic test and measurement equipment primarily for use in the aerospace, defense, telecommunications, electronics, industrial, and semiconductor industries in the United States and internationally. The company has a P/E ratio of 13.52.

The average volume for Electro Rent has been 46,100 shares per day over the past 30 days. Electro Rent has a market cap of $250.9 million and is part of the diversified services industry. Shares are down 28.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Electro Rent as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and reasonable valuation levels. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including feeble growth in the company's earnings per share, deteriorating net income and disappointing return on equity.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • ELRC's revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 3.4%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 5.4%. 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.
  • ELRC's debt-to-equity ratio is very low at 0.01 and is currently below that of the industry average, implying that there has been very successful management of debt levels.
  • The gross profit margin for ELECTRO RENT CORP is rather high; currently it is at 60.32%. Regardless of ELRC's high profit margin, it has managed to decrease from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, the net profit margin of 7.86% trails the industry average.
  • The company's current return on equity has slightly decreased from the same quarter one year prior. This implies a minor weakness in the organization. When compared to other companies in the Electronic Equipment, Instruments & Components industry and the overall market, ELECTRO RENT CORP's return on equity is below that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • Net operating cash flow has decreased to $10.56 million or 14.50% when compared to the same quarter last year. In conjunction, when comparing current results to the industry average, ELECTRO RENT CORP has marginally lower results.

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