What To Hold: 3 Hold-Rated Dividend Stocks GHL, SRC, HLSS

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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."

Greenhill

Dividend Yield: 4.40%

Greenhill (NYSE: GHL) shares currently have a dividend yield of 4.40%.

Greenhill & Co., Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates as an independent investment bank for corporations, partnerships, institutions, and governments worldwide. The company has a P/E ratio of 28.85.

The average volume for Greenhill has been 386,000 shares per day over the past 30 days. Greenhill has a market cap of $1.2 billion and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are down 3.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Greenhill as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, premium valuation and deteriorating net income.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • GHL's revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 9.3%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 0.4%. 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.
  • 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, GREENHILL & CO INC's return on equity exceeds that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • GREENHILL & CO INC' earnings per share from the most recent quarter came in slightly below the year earlier quarter. 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, GREENHILL & CO INC reported lower earnings of $1.45 versus $1.56 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($1.95 versus $1.45).
  • Reflecting the weaknesses we have cited, including the decline in the company's earnings per share, GHL has underperformed the S&P 500 Index, declining 16.48% from its price level of one year ago. Looking ahead, we do not see anything in this company's numbers that would change the one-year trend. It was down over the last twelve months; and it could be down again in the next twelve. Naturally, a bull or bear market could sway the movement of this stock.

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Spirit Realty Capital

Dividend Yield: 5.80%

Spirit Realty Capital (NYSE: SRC) shares currently have a dividend yield of 5.80%.

Spirit Realty Capital, Inc is a publicly traded real estate investment trust.

The average volume for Spirit Realty Capital has been 5,167,600 shares per day over the past 30 days. Spirit Realty Capital has a market cap of $4.8 billion and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are down 1.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Spirit Realty Capital as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, increase in stock price during the past year and growth in earnings per share. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and weak operating cash flow.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • SRC's revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 10.0%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 11.2%. This growth in revenue appears to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, improving 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.
  • The gross profit margin for SPIRIT REALTY CAPITAL INC is rather high; currently it is at 51.22%. It has increased from the same quarter the previous year. Despite the strong results of the gross profit margin, SRC's net profit margin of 22.03% significantly trails the industry average.
  • The company, on the basis of change in net income from the same quarter one year ago, has underperformed when compared to that of the S&P 500 and greatly underperformed compared to the Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) industry average. The net income has decreased by 21.7% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, dropping from $43.59 million to $34.11 million.
  • 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. Compared to other companies in the Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) industry and the overall market, SPIRIT REALTY CAPITAL INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.

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Home Loan Servicing Solutions

Dividend Yield: 12.60%

Home Loan Servicing Solutions (NASDAQ: HLSS) shares currently have a dividend yield of 12.60%.

Home Loan Servicing Solutions, Ltd., together with its subsidiaries, focuses on acquiring assets related to residential mortgages. Home Loan Servicing Solutions, Ltd. was founded in 2010 and is based in George Town, the Cayman Islands. As of April 6, 2015, Home Loan Servicing Solutions, Ltd. The company has a P/E ratio of 5.63.

The average volume for Home Loan Servicing Solutions has been 3,633,800 shares per day over the past 30 days. Home Loan Servicing Solutions has a market cap of $1.2 billion and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are down 12% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Home Loan Servicing Solutions as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, notable return on equity and attractive valuation levels. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself and weak operating cash flow.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • The revenue growth came in higher than the industry average of 6.0%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 22.2%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share.
  • 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 Thrifts & Mortgage Finance industry and the overall market, HOME LOAN SERVICING SOLTNS's return on equity exceeds that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • HLSS has underperformed the S&P 500 Index, declining 19.77% 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.
  • Net operating cash flow has decreased to $105.36 million or 34.53% when compared to the same quarter last year. Despite a decrease in cash flow of 34.53%, HOME LOAN SERVICING SOLTNS is still significantly exceeding the industry average of -121.56%.

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