What To Hold: 3 Hold-Rated Dividend Stocks TCAP, TKC, CPG

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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."

Triangle Capital Corporation

Dividend Yield: 9.50%

Triangle Capital Corporation (NYSE: TCAP) shares currently have a dividend yield of 9.50%.

Triangle Capital Corporation is a business development company specializing in private equity and mezzanine investments. The company has a P/E ratio of 11.28.

The average volume for Triangle Capital Corporation has been 163,300 shares per day over the past 30 days. Triangle Capital Corporation has a market cap of $753.2 million and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are up 11.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Triangle Capital Corporation as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, deteriorating net income and disappointing return on equity.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • The revenue growth greatly exceeded the industry average of 5.4%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 39.4%. 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 gross profit margin for TRIANGLE CAPITAL CORP is currently very high, coming in at 77.31%. Regardless of TCAP's high profit margin, it has managed to decrease from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, TCAP's net profit margin of 1.55% is significantly lower than the industry average.
  • TRIANGLE CAPITAL CORP has experienced a steep decline in earnings per share in the most recent quarter in comparison to its performance from the same quarter a year ago. The company has reported a trend of declining earnings per share over the past two years. However, the consensus estimate suggests that this trend should reverse in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, TRIANGLE CAPITAL CORP reported lower earnings of $1.04 versus $2.94 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($2.12 versus $1.04).
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to -$39.08 million or 218.36% 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 share price of TRIANGLE CAPITAL CORP has not done very well: it is down 13.57% 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. 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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Turkcell Iletisim Hizmetleri AS

Dividend Yield: 15.20%

Turkcell Iletisim Hizmetleri AS (NYSE: TKC) shares currently have a dividend yield of 15.20%.

Turkcell Iletisim Hizmetleri AS establishes and operates a Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM) network in Turkey and regional states. It operates in four segments: Turkcell, Euroasia, Belarusian Telecom, and Superonline. The company has a P/E ratio of 8.07.

The average volume for Turkcell Iletisim Hizmetleri AS has been 504,300 shares per day over the past 30 days. Turkcell Iletisim Hizmetleri AS has a market cap of $9.9 billion and is part of the telecommunications industry. Shares are down 25.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Turkcell Iletisim Hizmetleri AS 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, reasonable valuation levels and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including feeble growth in the company's earnings per share, deteriorating net income and disappointing return on equity.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • TKC's debt-to-equity ratio is very low at 0.22 and is currently below that of the industry average, implying that there has been very successful management of debt levels. Along with this, the company maintains a quick ratio of 2.57, which clearly demonstrates the ability to cover short-term cash needs.
  • 48.91% is the gross profit margin for TURKCELL ILETISIM HIZMET which we consider to be strong. Regardless of TKC's high profit margin, it has managed to decrease from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, the net profit margin of 8.45% trails the industry average.
  • TURKCELL ILETISIM HIZMET has experienced a steep decline in earnings per share in the most recent quarter in comparison to its performance from the same quarter a year ago. Earnings per share have declined over the last two years. We anticipate that this should continue in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, TURKCELL ILETISIM HIZMET reported lower earnings of $0.98 versus $1.40 in the prior year. For the next year, the market is expecting a contraction of 4.1% in earnings ($0.94 versus $0.98).
  • 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 Wireless Telecommunication Services industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 53.7% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $253.99 million to $117.53 million.

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Crescent Point Energy

Dividend Yield: 8.90%

Crescent Point Energy (NYSE: CPG) shares currently have a dividend yield of 8.90%.

Crescent Point Energy Corp. acquires, explores, develops, and produces oil and natural gas properties in Western Canada and the United States. The company has a P/E ratio of 31.21.

The average volume for Crescent Point Energy has been 322,600 shares per day over the past 30 days. Crescent Point Energy has a market cap of $11.5 billion and is part of the energy industry. Shares are up 10.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Crescent Point Energy as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. 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:
  • CPG's very impressive revenue growth greatly exceeded the industry average of 37.8%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues leaped by 135.6%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share.
  • CRESCENT POINT ENERGY CORP 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. During the past fiscal year, CRESCENT POINT ENERGY CORP increased its bottom line by earning $1.19 versus $0.38 in the prior year.
  • CPG's debt-to-equity ratio is very low at 0.29 and is currently below that of the industry average, implying that there has been very successful management of debt levels. Even though the company has a strong debt-to-equity ratio, the quick ratio of 0.39 is very weak and demonstrates a lack of ability to pay short-term obligations.
  • 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. In comparison to the other companies in the Oil, Gas & Consumable Fuels industry and the overall market, CRESCENT POINT ENERGY CORP's return on equity is significantly below that of the industry average and is below that of the S&P 500.
  • CPG'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 39.77%, 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. 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.

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