3 Hold-Rated Dividend Stocks: BSAC, RESI, PKY

Editor's Note: Any reference to TheStreet Ratings and its underlying recommendation does not reflect the opinion of TheStreet, Inc. or any of its contributors including Jim Cramer

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."

Banco Santander Chile

Dividend Yield: 5.20%

Banco Santander Chile (NYSE: BSAC) shares currently have a dividend yield of 5.20%.

Banco Santander-Chile provides commercial and retail banking services in Chile. It operates through two segments, Commercial Banking, and Global Banking and Markets. The company has a P/E ratio of 0.01.

The average volume for Banco Santander Chile has been 511,300 shares per day over the past 30 days. Banco Santander Chile has a market cap of $10.3 billion and is part of the banking industry. Shares are up 11.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Banco Santander Chile as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its expanding profit margins and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself and feeble growth in the company's earnings per share.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • The gross profit margin for BANCO SANTANDER-CHILE is rather high; currently it is at 58.92%. It has increased from the same quarter the previous year. Despite the strong results of the gross profit margin, BSAC's net profit margin of 18.99% significantly trails the industry average.
  • The revenue fell significantly faster than the industry average of 0.1%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues fell by 30.6%. Weakness in the company's revenue seems to have hurt the bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.
  • 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. In comparison to the other companies in the Commercial Banks industry and the overall market, BANCO SANTANDER-CHILE's return on equity significantly exceeds that of the industry average and is above that of the S&P 500.
  • The share price of BANCO SANTANDER-CHILE has not done very well: it is down 13.07% 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.
  • 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 Commercial Banks industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 40.9% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $258.01 million to $152.38 million.

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