What To Hold: 3 Hold-Rated Dividend Stocks GLOP, AMID, RNF

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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 "Hold."

GasLog Partners

Dividend Yield: 7.60%

GasLog Partners (NYSE: GLOP) shares currently have a dividend yield of 7.60%.

GasLog Partners LP acquires, owns, and operates liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers. The company provides LNG transportation services under long-term charters worldwide. As of February 16, 2015, it had a fleet of five LNG carriers. The company was founded in 2014 and is based in Monaco. The company has a P/E ratio of 30.47.

The average volume for GasLog Partners has been 212,800 shares per day over the past 30 days. GasLog Partners has a market cap of $327.3 million and is part of the transportation industry. Shares are down 9.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates GasLog Partners as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company has favored debt over equity in the management of its balance sheet.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • GLOP's very impressive revenue growth greatly exceeded the industry average of 38.7%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues leaped by 57.0%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share.
  • GASLOG PARTNERS LP reported significant earnings per share improvement in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($2.15 versus $1.48).
  • GLOP's stock share price has done very poorly compared to where it was a year ago: Despite any rallies, the net result is that it is down by 25.93%, which is also worse that the performance of the S&P 500 Index. Investors have so far failed to pay much attention to the earnings improvements the company has managed to achieve over the last quarter.
  • In comparison to the other companies in the Oil, Gas & Consumable Fuels industry and the overall market, GASLOG PARTNERS LP's return on equity is significantly below that of the industry average and is below that of the S&P 500.
  • The debt-to-equity ratio of 1.14 is relatively high when compared with the industry average, suggesting a need for better debt level management. Even though the debt-to-equity ratio is weak, GLOP's quick ratio is somewhat strong at 1.23, demonstrating the ability to handle short-term liquidity needs.

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American Midstream Partners

Dividend Yield: 10.60%

American Midstream Partners (NYSE: AMID) shares currently have a dividend yield of 10.60%.

American Midstream Partners, LP engages in gathering, treating, processing, and transporting natural gas, fractionating natural gas liquids (NGLs), and storing specialty chemical products in the Gulf Coast and Southeast regions of the United States.

The average volume for American Midstream Partners has been 50,500 shares per day over the past 30 days. American Midstream Partners has a market cap of $405.3 million and is part of the energy industry. Shares are down 9.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates American Midstream Partners as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its growth in earnings per share, increase in net income and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including disappointing return on equity, a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself and poor profit margins.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • AMERICAN MIDSTREAM PRTNRS LP has improved earnings per share by 47.2% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. The company has demonstrated a pattern of positive earnings per share growth over the past year. We feel that this trend should continue. This trend suggests that the performance of the business is improving. During the past fiscal year, AMERICAN MIDSTREAM PRTNRS LP continued to lose money by earning -$6.47 versus -$6.63 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($0.55 versus -$6.47).
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Oil, Gas & Consumable Fuels industry. The net income increased by 106.5% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from $0.40 million to $0.83 million.
  • The debt-to-equity ratio is somewhat low, currently at 0.88, and is less than that of the industry average, implying that there has been a relatively successful effort in the management of debt levels. Even though the company has a strong debt-to-equity ratio, the quick ratio of 0.16 is very weak and demonstrates a lack of ability to pay short-term obligations.
  • AMID's stock share price has done very poorly compared to where it was a year ago: Despite any rallies, the net result is that it is down by 42.29%, which is also worse that the performance of the S&P 500 Index. Investors have so far failed to pay much attention to the earnings improvements the company has managed to achieve over the last quarter. Naturally, the overall market trend is bound to be a significant factor. However, in one sense, the stock's sharp decline last year is a positive for future investors, making it cheaper (in proportion to its earnings over the past year) than most other stocks in its industry. But due to other concerns, we feel the stock is still not a good buy right now.
  • 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, AMERICAN MIDSTREAM PRTNRS LP's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.

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Rentech Nitrogen Partners

Dividend Yield: 9.60%

Rentech Nitrogen Partners (NYSE: RNF) shares currently have a dividend yield of 9.60%.

Rentech Nitrogen Partners, L.P. produces and sells nitrogen fertilizer products in the United States and internationally. It operates through two segments, East Dubuque and Pasadena. The company has a P/E ratio of 125.00.

The average volume for Rentech Nitrogen Partners has been 101,800 shares per day over the past 30 days. Rentech Nitrogen Partners has a market cap of $583.7 million and is part of the chemicals industry. Shares are up 42.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Rentech Nitrogen Partners as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity and compelling growth in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, generally higher debt management risk and weak operating cash flow.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • The revenue growth greatly exceeded the industry average of 14.7%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 22.9%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share.
  • 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 Chemicals industry and the overall market, RENTECH NITROGEN PARTNERS LP's return on equity significantly exceeds that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • RENTECH NITROGEN PARTNERS LP reported significant earnings per share improvement 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, RENTECH NITROGEN PARTNERS LP swung to a loss, reporting -$0.03 versus $0.10 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($1.56 versus -$0.03).
  • RNF has underperformed the S&P 500 Index, declining 13.17% from its price level of one year ago. Looking ahead, other than the push or pull of the broad market, we do not see anything in the company's numbers that may help reverse the decline experienced over the past 12 months. Despite the past decline, the stock is still selling for more than most others in its industry.
  • The debt-to-equity ratio is very high at 52.67 and currently higher than the industry average, implying increased risk associated with the management of debt levels within the company. To add to this, RNF has a quick ratio of 0.61, this demonstrates the lack of ability of the company to cover short-term liquidity needs.

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