What To Hold: 3 Hold-Rated Dividend Stocks CPTA, OZM, MARPS

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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."

Capitala Finance

Dividend Yield: 10.70%

Capitala Finance (NASDAQ: CPTA) shares currently have a dividend yield of 10.70%.

Capitala Finance Corp. is a Business Development Company specializing in investments in traditional mezzanine, senior subordinated and unitranche debt, second-lien loans, equity securities issued by lower and traditional middle-market companies, and small and middle-market companies. The company has a P/E ratio of 15.76.

The average volume for Capitala Finance has been 107,800 shares per day over the past 30 days. Capitala Finance has a market cap of $229.0 million and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are down 1.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Capitala Finance as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, expanding profit margins and notable return on equity. 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:
  • CPTA's revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 4.4%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 10.8%. 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 gross profit margin for CAPITALA FINANCE CORP is currently very high, coming in at 71.12%. 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 -83.05% is in-line with the industry average.
  • Compared to other companies in the Capital Markets industry and the overall market on the basis of return on equity, CAPITALA FINANCE CORP underperformed against that of the industry average and is significantly less than that of the S&P 500.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to -$44.53 million or 85.12% 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 264.5% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $6.80 million to -$11.18 million.

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Och-Ziff Capital Management Group

Dividend Yield: 14.30%

Och-Ziff Capital Management Group (NYSE: OZM) shares currently have a dividend yield of 14.30%.

Och-Ziff Capital Management Group LLC is a publicly owned hedge fund sponsor. The firm provides investment advisory services for its clients. It invests in equity markets across the world. The firm makes its investments in alternative markets across the world. The company has a P/E ratio of 16.39.

The average volume for Och-Ziff Capital Management Group has been 589,100 shares per day over the past 30 days. Och-Ziff Capital Management Group has a market cap of $2.3 billion and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are up 12.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Och-Ziff Capital Management Group as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in stock price during the past year and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, weak operating cash flow and feeble growth in the company's earnings per share.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • Compared to where it was a year ago today, the stock is now trading at a higher level, regardless of the company's weak earnings results. 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 revenue fell significantly faster than the industry average of 4.4%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues fell by 37.5%. Weakness in the company's revenue seems to have hurt the 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 Capital Markets industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 57.5% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $199.06 million to $84.68 million.
  • Net operating cash flow has decreased to $134.59 million or 27.67% 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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Marine Petroleum

Dividend Yield: 9.70%

Marine Petroleum (NASDAQ: MARPS) shares currently have a dividend yield of 9.70%.

Marine Petroleum Trust, through its subsidiary, Marine Petroleum Corporation, operates as a royalty trust in the United States. The company has a P/E ratio of 9.56.

The average volume for Marine Petroleum has been 4,200 shares per day over the past 30 days. Marine Petroleum has a market cap of $25.6 million and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are up 29.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Marine Petroleum 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, expanding profit margins and notable return on equity. 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:
  • MARPS 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.
  • The gross profit margin for MARINE PETROLEUM TRUST is currently very high, coming in at 100.00%. MARPS has managed to maintain the strong profit margin since the same quarter of last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, MARPS's net profit margin of 93.19% significantly outperformed against the industry.
  • Regardless of the drop in revenue, the company managed to outperform against the industry average of 33.1%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues fell by 29.1%. Weakness in the company's revenue seems to have hurt the bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.
  • Return on equity has greatly decreased when compared to its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a signal of major weakness within the corporation. Compared to other companies in the Oil, Gas & Consumable Fuels industry and the overall market, MARINE PETROLEUM TRUST's return on equity significantly exceeds that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • The share price of MARINE PETROLEUM TRUST has not done very well: it is down 23.05% and has underperformed the S&P 500, in part reflecting the company's sharply declining earnings per share when compared to the year-earlier quarter. 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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