What To Sell: 3 Sell-Rated Dividend Stocks DLNG, CEQP, IRT

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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."

Dynagas LNG Partners

Dividend Yield: 9.30%

Dynagas LNG Partners (NYSE: DLNG) shares currently have a dividend yield of 9.30%.

Dynagas LNG Partners LP, through its subsidiaries, operates in the seaborne transportation industry worldwide. The company owns and operates liquefied natural gas (LNG) vessels. The company has a P/E ratio of 11.12.

The average volume for Dynagas LNG Partners has been 79,700 shares per day over the past 30 days. Dynagas LNG Partners has a market cap of $373.8 million and is part of the transportation industry. Shares are up 11.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Dynagas LNG Partners as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its generally high debt management risk and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • Currently the debt-to-equity ratio of 1.92 is quite high overall and when compared to the industry average, suggesting that the current management of debt levels should be re-evaluated. To add to this, DLNG has a quick ratio of 0.50, this demonstrates the lack of ability of the company to cover short-term liquidity needs.
  • DLNG has underperformed the S&P 500 Index, declining 24.34% from its price level of one year ago. 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 gross profit margin for DYNAGAS LNG PARTNERS LP is currently very high, coming in at 82.56%. Regardless of DLNG's high profit margin, it has managed to decrease from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, DLNG's net profit margin of 41.76% significantly outperformed against the industry.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly increased by 81.60% to $26.39 million when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, DYNAGAS LNG PARTNERS LP has also vastly surpassed the industry average cash flow growth rate of -53.28%.
  • Compared to other companies in the Oil, Gas & Consumable Fuels industry and the overall market on the basis of return on equity, DYNAGAS LNG PARTNERS LP has underperformed in comparison with the industry average, but has exceeded that of the S&P 500.

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