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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 β€” 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."

American Midstream Partners

Dividend Yield: 12.60%

American Midstream Partners (NYSE: AMID) shares currently have a dividend yield of 12.60%.

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 52,800 shares per day over the past 30 days. American Midstream Partners has a market cap of $340.5 million and is part of the energy industry. Shares are down 22.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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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 46.12%, 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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New Media Investment Group

Dividend Yield: 7.40%

New Media Investment Group (NYSE: NEWM) shares currently have a dividend yield of 7.40%.

New Media Investment Group Inc. owns, operates, and invests in local media assets in the United States.

The average volume for New Media Investment Group has been 404,600 shares per day over the past 30 days. New Media Investment Group has a market cap of $796.5 million and is part of the media industry. Shares are down 23% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates New Media Investment Group as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and solid stock price performance. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the growth in the company's earnings per share has not been good.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • NEWM's very impressive revenue growth greatly exceeded the industry average of 3.8%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues leaped by 76.4%. This growth in revenue appears to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, improving the earnings per share.
  • The current debt-to-equity ratio, 0.59, is low and is below the industry average, implying that there has been successful management of debt levels. Along with the favorable debt-to-equity ratio, the company maintains an adequate quick ratio of 1.01, which illustrates the ability to avoid short-term cash problems.
  • 43.85% is the gross profit margin for NEW MEDIA INVESTMENT GROUP which we consider to be strong. It has increased from the same quarter the previous year. Regardless of the strong results of the gross profit margin, the net profit margin of -2.42% is in-line with the industry average.
  • NEW MEDIA INVESTMENT GROUP has improved earnings per share by 36.4% 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, NEW MEDIA INVESTMENT GROUP swung to a loss, reporting -$0.17 versus $31.83 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($0.85 versus -$0.17).
  • Compared to other companies in the Media industry and the overall market on the basis of return on equity, NEW MEDIA INVESTMENT GROUP underperformed against that of the industry average and is significantly less than that of the S&P 500.

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LRR Energy

Dividend Yield: 10.70%

LRR Energy (NYSE: LRE) shares currently have a dividend yield of 10.70%.

LRR Energy, L.P., through its subsidiary, LRE Operating, LLC, operates, acquires, exploits, and develops producing oil and natural gas properties in North America. The company has a P/E ratio of 6.85.

The average volume for LRR Energy has been 208,000 shares per day over the past 30 days. LRR Energy has a market cap of $196.2 million and is part of the energy industry. Shares are down 1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates LRR Energy as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income, 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 38.9%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 39.1%. 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.
  • Net operating cash flow has declined marginally to $15.65 million or 2.96% when compared to the same quarter last year. Despite a decrease in cash flow of 2.96%, LRR ENERGY LP is still significantly exceeding the industry average of -53.30%.
  • 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 1025.6% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $2.69 million to -$24.94 million.

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