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.
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The following pages contain our analysis of 3 stocks with substantial yields, that ultimately, we have rated "Hold." Azure Midstream Partners Dividend Yield: 8.60% Azure Midstream Partners (NYSE: AZUR) shares currently have a dividend yield of 8.60%. Azure Midstream Partners, LP acquires, owns, develops, and operates midstream energy assets in the United States. It operates through two segments, Gathering and Processing; and Logistics. The company has a P/E ratio of 13.95. The average volume for Azure Midstream Partners has been 69,200 shares per day over the past 30 days. Azure Midstream Partners has a market cap of $157.8 million and is part of the energy industry. Shares are down 12% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. EXCLUSIVE OFFER: See inside Jim Cramer's multi-million dollar charitable trust portfolio to see the stocks he thinks could be potential winners. Click here to see his holdings for 14-days FREE. TheStreet Ratings rates Azure Midstream Partners as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, increase in net income and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including weak operating cash flow, poor profit margins and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself. Highlights from the ratings report include:
- The revenue growth greatly exceeded the industry average of 38.6%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 2.8%. This growth in revenue appears to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, improving the earnings per share.
- The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has exceeded that of the S&P 500 and greatly outperformed compared to the Oil, Gas & Consumable Fuels industry average. The net income increased by 1.4% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, going from -$1.29 million to -$1.27 million.
- The current debt-to-equity ratio, 0.36, is low and is below the industry average, implying that there has been successful management of debt levels. Although the company had a strong debt-to-equity ratio, its quick ratio of 0.99 is somewhat weak and could be cause for future problems.
- The gross profit margin for AZURE MIDSTREAM PARTNERS LP is currently lower than what is desirable, coming in at 28.94%. Regardless of AZUR's low profit margin, it has managed to increase from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, AZUR's net profit margin of -9.89% significantly underperformed when compared to the industry average.
- Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to -$2.60 million or 129.37% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much lower.
- You can view the full Azure Midstream Partners Ratings Report.