3 Hold-Rated Dividend Stocks: CXP, RESI, BMO

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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."

Columbia Property

Dividend Yield: 4.60%

Columbia Property (NYSE: CXP) shares currently have a dividend yield of 4.60%.

Columbia Property Trust, Inc is an equity real estate investment trust. The firm invests in the real estate markets of the United States. It focuses on investing in and managing high-quality commercial office properties. The firm was formerly known as Wells Real Estate Investment Trust II Inc. The company has a P/E ratio of 34.51.

The average volume for Columbia Property has been 715,700 shares per day over the past 30 days. Columbia Property has a market cap of $3.3 billion and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are up 5.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Columbia Property as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its compelling growth in net income, reasonable valuation levels and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including poor profit margins and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • 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 334.9% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from $12.93 million to $56.23 million.
  • CXP, with its decline in revenue, slightly underperformed the industry average of 9.8%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly dropped by 0.2%. The declining revenue has not hurt the company's bottom line, with increasing earnings per share.
  • CXP has underperformed the S&P 500 Index, declining 7.45% from its price level of one year ago. 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.
  • The gross profit margin for COLUMBIA PROPERTY TRUST INC is currently extremely low, coming in at 14.48%. It has decreased significantly from the same period last year. Despite the weak results of the gross profit margin, the net profit margin of 40.23% has significantly outperformed against the industry average.

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Altisource Residential Corporation

Dividend Yield: 11.50%

Altisource Residential Corporation (NYSE: RESI) shares currently have a dividend yield of 11.50%.

Altisource Residential Corporation, through its subsidiary, Altisource Residential, L.P., focuses on acquiring, owning, and managing single-family rental properties in the United States. The company has a P/E ratio of 5.73.

The average volume for Altisource Residential Corporation has been 636,600 shares per day over the past 30 days. Altisource Residential Corporation has a market cap of $1.1 billion and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are down 1.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Altisource Residential Corporation 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 weak operating cash flow and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • RESI's very impressive revenue growth greatly exceeded the industry average of 9.8%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues leaped by 191.4%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share.
  • 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, ALTISOURCE RESIDENTIAL CORP's return on equity exceeds that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • 41.53% is the gross profit margin for ALTISOURCE RESIDENTIAL CORP which we consider to be strong. Despite the high profit margin, it has decreased significantly from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, RESI's net profit margin of 33.94% compares favorably to the industry average.
  • RESI's stock share price has done very poorly compared to where it was a year ago: Despite any rallies, the net result is that it is down by 31.90%, which is also worse that the performance of the S&P 500 Index. Investors have so far failed to pay much attention to the earnings improvements the company has managed to achieve over the last quarter. Naturally, the overall market trend is bound to be a significant factor. However, in one sense, the stock's sharp decline last year is a positive for future investors, making it cheaper (in proportion to its earnings over the past year) than most other stocks in its industry. But due to other concerns, we feel the stock is still not a good buy right now.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to -$84.71 million or 556.85% 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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Bank of Montreal

Dividend Yield: 4.10%

Bank of Montreal (NYSE: BMO) shares currently have a dividend yield of 4.10%.

Bank of Montreal offers various banking products and services in Canada, the United States, and internationally. The company has a P/E ratio of 13.06.

The average volume for Bank of Montreal has been 813,200 shares per day over the past 30 days. Bank of Montreal has a market cap of $42.3 billion and is part of the banking industry. Shares are down 8.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • The revenue growth came in higher than the industry average of 0.9%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 11.0%. 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 slightly increased to $9,804.00 million or 5.77% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, BANK OF MONTREAL has also vastly surpassed the industry average cash flow growth rate of -73.76%.
  • The gross profit margin for BANK OF MONTREAL is currently very high, coming in at 73.99%. Regardless of BMO's high profit margin, it has managed to decrease from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, BMO's net profit margin of 15.80% compares favorably to 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. Compared to other companies in the Commercial Banks industry and the overall market on the basis of return on equity, BANK OF MONTREAL has outperformed in comparison with the industry average, but has underperformed when compared to that of the S&P 500.
  • Reflecting the weaknesses we have cited, including the decline in the company's earnings per share, BMO has underperformed the S&P 500 Index, declining 5.28% 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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