3 Hold-Rated Dividend Stocks: OFC, PKY, PEGI

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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."

Corporate Office Properties

Dividend Yield: 4.10%

Corporate Office Properties (NYSE: OFC) shares currently have a dividend yield of 4.10%.

Corporate Office Properties Trust, a real estate investment trust (REIT), engages in the acquisition, development, ownership, management, and leasing of suburban office properties. The company has a P/E ratio of 76.74.

The average volume for Corporate Office Properties has been 915,800 shares per day over the past 30 days. Corporate Office Properties has a market cap of $2.5 billion and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are down 5.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Corporate Office Properties as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, revenue growth and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including poor profit margins and relatively poor performance when compared with the S&P 500 during the past year.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • CORP OFFICE PPTYS TR INC has shown improvement in its earnings for its most recently reported quarter when compared with the same quarter a year earlier. The company has demonstrated a pattern of positive earnings per share growth over the past two years. We feel that this trend should continue. This trend suggests that the performance of the business is improving. During the past fiscal year, CORP OFFICE PPTYS TR INC increased its bottom line by earning $0.25 versus $0.22 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($0.75 versus $0.25).
  • 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 181.7% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from $4.74 million to $13.36 million.
  • This stock has managed to decline in share value by 3.82% over the past twelve months. Looking ahead, the stock's rise over the last year has already helped drive it to a level which is relatively expensive compared to the rest of its industry, implying reduced upside potential.
  • The gross profit margin for CORP OFFICE PPTYS TR INC is rather low; currently it is at 19.64%. Regardless of OFC's low profit margin, it has managed to increase from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, OFC's net profit margin of 8.22% is significantly lower than the industry average.

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Parkway Properties

Dividend Yield: 4.50%

Parkway Properties (NYSE: PKY) shares currently have a dividend yield of 4.50%.

Parkway Properties, Inc., a real estate investment trust (REIT), engages in the operation, acquisition, ownership, management, and leasing of office properties. It operates and invests principally in office properties in the southeastern and southwestern United States and Chicago. The company has a P/E ratio of 50.30.

The average volume for Parkway Properties has been 689,800 shares per day over the past 30 days. Parkway Properties has a market cap of $1.9 billion and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are down 9.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Parkway Properties as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, compelling growth 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:
  • PKY's very impressive revenue growth greatly exceeded the industry average of 9.4%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues leaped by 60.9%. 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 Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) industry. The net income increased by 595.8% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from -$8.56 million to $42.43 million.
  • PARKWAY PROPERTIES 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, PARKWAY PROPERTIES INC turned its bottom line around by earning $0.29 versus -$0.60 in the prior year. For the next year, the market is expecting a contraction of 220.7% in earnings (-$0.35 versus $0.29).
  • Current return on equity exceeded its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a clear sign of strength within the company. Compared to other companies in the Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) industry and the overall market, PARKWAY PROPERTIES INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • PKY has underperformed the S&P 500 Index, declining 10.28% from its price level of one year ago. Looking ahead, other than the push or pull of the broad market, we do not see anything in the company's numbers that may help reverse the decline experienced over the past 12 months. Despite the past decline, the stock is still selling for more than most others in its industry.

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Pattern Energy Group

Dividend Yield: 4.60%

Pattern Energy Group (NASDAQ: PEGI) shares currently have a dividend yield of 4.60%.

Pattern Energy Group Inc., an independent power company, owns and operates power projects in the United States, Canada, and Chile. As of March 2, 2015, the company owned interests in 12 wind power projects with the capacity of 1,636 megawatts. It sells electricity primarily to local utilities.

The average volume for Pattern Energy Group has been 634,600 shares per day over the past 30 days. Pattern Energy Group has a market cap of $2.1 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are up 21.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Pattern Energy Group as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, generally higher debt management risk and feeble growth in the company's earnings per share.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • PEGI's very impressive revenue growth greatly exceeded the industry average of 2.9%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues leaped by 90.1%. 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.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly increased by 222.56% to $31.46 million when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, PATTERN ENERGY GROUP INC has also vastly surpassed the industry average cash flow growth rate of -30.65%.
  • Compared to other companies in the Independent Power Producers & Energy Traders industry and the overall market, PATTERN ENERGY GROUP INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • 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 54.7% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from -$13.18 million to -$20.39 million.
  • The debt-to-equity ratio is very high at 2.37 and currently higher than the industry average, implying increased risk associated with the management of debt levels within the company. To add to this, PEGI has a quick ratio of 0.57, this demonstrates the lack of ability of the company to cover short-term liquidity needs.

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