3 Buy-Rated Dividend Stocks Leading The Pack: SPH, OMAB, HRZN

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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 "Buy."

Suburban Propane Partners

Dividend Yield: 8.50%

Suburban Propane Partners (NYSE: SPH) shares currently have a dividend yield of 8.50%.

Suburban Propane Partners, L.P., through its subsidiaries, engages in the retail marketing and distribution of propane, fuel oil, and refined fuels. The company has a P/E ratio of 32.48.

The average volume for Suburban Propane Partners has been 120,400 shares per day over the past 30 days. Suburban Propane Partners has a market cap of $2.5 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are down 4.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Suburban Propane Partners as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations and attractive valuation levels. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • 37.83% is the gross profit margin for SUBURBAN PROPANE PRTNRS -LP which we consider to be strong. It has increased significantly from the same period last year. Along with this, the net profit margin of 22.79% significantly outperformed against the industry average.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly increased by 678.57% to $126.33 million when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, SUBURBAN PROPANE PRTNRS -LP has also vastly surpassed the industry average cash flow growth rate of 23.83%.
  • SUBURBAN PROPANE PRTNRS -LP's earnings per share declined by 8.9% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. This company has reported somewhat volatile earnings recently. But, we feel it is poised for EPS growth in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, SUBURBAN PROPANE PRTNRS -LP increased its bottom line by earning $1.55 versus $1.44 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($2.01 versus $1.55).
  • SPH, with its decline in revenue, underperformed when compared the industry average of 20.2%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues fell by 31.4%. Weakness in the company's revenue seems to have hurt the bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.

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Grupo Aeroportuario del Centro Norte SAB de

Dividend Yield: 7.80%

Grupo Aeroportuario del Centro Norte SAB de (NASDAQ: OMAB) shares currently have a dividend yield of 7.80%.

Grupo Aeroportuario del Centro Norte, S.A.B. de C.V., through its subsidiaries, develops, operates, and maintains airports in Mexico. It also operates NH T2 Hotel in Terminal 2 of the Mexico City International Airport. The company has a P/E ratio of 21.15.

The average volume for Grupo Aeroportuario del Centro Norte SAB de has been 42,900 shares per day over the past 30 days. Grupo Aeroportuario del Centro Norte SAB de has a market cap of $1.9 billion and is part of the transportation industry. Shares are up 6.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Grupo Aeroportuario del Centro Norte SAB de as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and solid stock price performance. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company is trading at a premium valuation based on our review of its current price compared to such things as earnings and book value.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • The revenue growth significantly trails the industry average of 37.3%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 5.1%. 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 GRUPO AEROPORTUARIO DEL CENT is rather high; currently it is at 62.35%. It has increased from the same quarter the previous year.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly increased by 108.38% to $33.66 million when compared to the same quarter last year. The firm also exceeded the industry average cash flow growth rate of 77.70%.
  • OMAB's debt-to-equity ratio of 0.75 is somewhat low overall, but it is high when compared to the industry average, implying that the management of the debt levels should be evaluated further. Even though the debt-to-equity ratio shows mixed results, the company's quick ratio of 4.14 is very high and demonstrates very strong liquidity.
  • GRUPO AEROPORTUARIO DEL CENT's earnings per share declined by 15.0% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. The company has suffered a declining pattern of earnings per share over the past year. However, we anticipate this trend reversing over the coming year. During the past fiscal year, GRUPO AEROPORTUARIO DEL CENT reported lower earnings of $1.40 versus $1.84 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($1.53 versus $1.40).

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Horizon Technology Finance

Dividend Yield: 10.30%

Horizon Technology Finance (NASDAQ: HRZN) shares currently have a dividend yield of 10.30%.

Horizon Technology Finance Corporation, a specialty finance company, lends to and invests in development-stage companies in the United States. The company has a P/E ratio of 16.60.

The average volume for Horizon Technology Finance has been 80,600 shares per day over the past 30 days. Horizon Technology Finance has a market cap of $156.4 million and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are down 3.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Horizon Technology Finance as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations and notable return on equity. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • The gross profit margin for HORIZON TECHNOLOGY FINANCE is rather high; currently it is at 62.35%. It has increased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of 52.91% significantly outperformed against the industry average.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly increased by 204.05% to $5.44 million when compared to the same quarter last year. The firm also exceeded the industry average cash flow growth rate of 191.13%.
  • HRZN, with its decline in revenue, slightly underperformed the industry average of 5.7%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly dropped by 3.5%. Weakness in the company's revenue seems to have hurt the bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.
  • 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. When compared to other companies in the Capital Markets industry and the overall market, HORIZON TECHNOLOGY FINANCE's return on equity is below that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • HORIZON TECHNOLOGY FINANCE's earnings per share declined by 26.4% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. This company has reported somewhat volatile earnings recently. We feel it is likely to report a decline in earnings in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, HORIZON TECHNOLOGY FINANCE increased its bottom line by earning $1.60 versus $0.37 in the prior year. For the next year, the market is expecting a contraction of 21.6% in earnings ($1.26 versus $1.60).

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