What To Sell: 3 Sell-Rated Dividend Stocks WMC, ANH, TOO

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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."

Western Asset Mortgage Capital

Dividend Yield: 17.30%

Western Asset Mortgage Capital (NYSE: WMC) shares currently have a dividend yield of 17.30%.

Western Asset Mortgage Capital Corporation operates as a real estate investment trust in the United States. It primarily focuses on investing in, financing, and managing agency and non-agency residential mortgage-backed securities and commercial mortgage-backed securities. The company has a P/E ratio of 4.64.

The average volume for Western Asset Mortgage Capital has been 532,400 shares per day over the past 30 days. Western Asset Mortgage Capital has a market cap of $647.7 million and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are up 5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Western Asset Mortgage Capital as a sell. The area that we feel has been the company's primary weakness has been its poor profit margins.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • The gross profit margin for WESTERN ASSET MTG CAPITAL CP is currently very high, coming in at 92.52%. Regardless of WMC'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 19.00% trails the industry average.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly increased by 126.32% to $26.06 million when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, WESTERN ASSET MTG CAPITAL CP has also vastly surpassed the industry average cash flow growth rate of 0.79%.
  • The company's current return on equity greatly increased when compared to its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a signal of significant strength within the corporation. Compared to other companies in the Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) industry and the overall market, WESTERN ASSET MTG CAPITAL CP's return on equity exceeds that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • Compared to where it was a year ago today, the stock is now trading at a higher level, and has traded in line with the S&P 500. Turning our attention to the future direction of the stock, we do not believe this stock offers ample reward opportunity to compensate for the risks, despite the fact that it rose over the past year.

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Anworth Mortgage Asset

Dividend Yield: 11.60%

Anworth Mortgage Asset (NYSE: ANH) shares currently have a dividend yield of 11.60%.

Anworth Mortgage Asset Corporation operates as a real estate investment trust in the United States.

The average volume for Anworth Mortgage Asset has been 680,500 shares per day over the past 30 days. Anworth Mortgage Asset has a market cap of $540.8 million and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are down 2.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Anworth Mortgage Asset as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity, weak operating cash flow, generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself and feeble growth in its earnings per share.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • 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 Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 221.9% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $13.37 million to -$16.31 million.
  • Current return on equity is lower than its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a clear sign of weakness within the company. Compared to other companies in the Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) industry and the overall market, ANWORTH MTG ASSET CORP's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to $6.47 million or 55.40% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much lower.
  • In its most recent trading session, ANH has closed at a price level that was not very different from its closing price of one year earlier. This is probably due to its weak earnings growth as well as other mixed factors. 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.
  • ANWORTH MTG ASSET 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, ANWORTH MTG ASSET CORP reported lower earnings of $0.18 versus $0.49 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($0.29 versus $0.18).

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Teekay Offshore Partners

Dividend Yield: 10.10%

Teekay Offshore Partners (NYSE: TOO) shares currently have a dividend yield of 10.10%.

Teekay Offshore Partners L.P. provides marine transportation, oil production, storage, towage, and floating accommodation services to the offshore oil industry in the North Sea and Brazil. The company has a P/E ratio of 22.98.

The average volume for Teekay Offshore Partners has been 221,600 shares per day over the past 30 days. Teekay Offshore Partners has a market cap of $2.0 billion and is part of the transportation industry. Shares are down 21.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Teekay Offshore Partners as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its deteriorating net income, generally high debt management risk, disappointing return on equity, generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself and feeble growth in its earnings per share.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • 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 Oil, Gas & Consumable Fuels industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 334.6% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $7.34 million to -$17.23 million.
  • The debt-to-equity ratio is very high at 3.97 and currently higher than the industry average, implying increased risk associated with the management of debt levels within the company. To add to this, TOO has a quick ratio of 0.60, this demonstrates the lack of ability of the company to cover short-term liquidity needs.
  • 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, TEEKAY OFFSHORE PARTNERS LP's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • Despite any intermediate fluctuations, we have only bad news to report on this stock's performance over the last year: it has tumbled by 39.69%, worse than the S&P 500's performance. Consistent with the plunge in the stock price, the company's earnings per share are down 2700.00% compared to the year-earlier 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.
  • TEEKAY OFFSHORE PARTNERS LP 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, TEEKAY OFFSHORE PARTNERS LP swung to a loss, reporting -$0.22 versus $0.94 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($1.43 versus -$0.22).

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