3 Sell-Rated Dividend Stocks: BGSF, ENBL, EARN

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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 "Sell."

BG Staffing

Dividend Yield: 9.10%

BG Staffing (AMEX: BGSF) shares currently have a dividend yield of 9.10%.

BG Staffing, Inc. operates as a temporary staffing company in the United States. It operates through three segments: Light Industrial, Multifamily, and IT Staffing. The company has a P/E ratio of 52.38.

The average volume for BG Staffing has been 1,400 shares per day over the past 30 days. BG Staffing has a market cap of $79.7 million and is part of the diversified services industry. Shares are down 15.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates BG Staffing as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its weak operating cash flow, generally high debt management risk and poor profit margins.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • Net operating cash flow has decreased to $2.22 million or 22.00% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing the cash generation rate to the industry average, the firm's growth is significantly lower.
  • Currently the debt-to-equity ratio of 1.81 is quite high overall and when compared to the industry average, suggesting that the current management of debt levels should be re-evaluated. Regardless of the company's weak debt-to-equity ratio, BGSF has managed to keep a strong quick ratio of 1.66, which demonstrates the ability to cover short-term cash needs.
  • The gross profit margin for BG STAFFING INC is rather low; currently it is at 20.40%. Regardless of BGSF's low profit margin, it has managed to increase from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, the net profit margin of 0.40% trails the industry average.
  • In comparison to the other companies in the Professional Services industry and the overall market, BG STAFFING INC's return on equity is significantly below that of the industry average and is below that of the S&P 500.
  • BG STAFFING INC reported significant earnings per share improvement in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago.

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