What To Sell: 3 Sell-Rated Dividend Stocks BGSF, VNR, PGH

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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."

BG Staffing

Dividend Yield: 8.20%

BG Staffing (AMEX: BGSF) shares currently have a dividend yield of 8.20%.

BG Staffing, Inc. operates as a temporary staffing company in the United States. It operates through three segments: Light Industrial, Multifamily, and IT Staffing. The company has a P/E ratio of 58.24.

The average volume for BG Staffing has been 2,000 shares per day over the past 30 days. BG Staffing has a market cap of $88.6 million and is part of the diversified services industry. Shares are down 4.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates BG Staffing as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its weak operating cash flow, generally high debt management risk and poor profit margins.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • Net operating cash flow has decreased to $2.22 million or 22.00% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing the cash generation rate to the industry average, the firm's growth is significantly lower.
  • Currently the debt-to-equity ratio of 1.81 is quite high overall and when compared to the industry average, suggesting that the current management of debt levels should be re-evaluated. Regardless of the company's weak debt-to-equity ratio, BGSF has managed to keep a strong quick ratio of 1.66, which demonstrates the ability to cover short-term cash needs.
  • The gross profit margin for BG STAFFING INC is rather low; currently it is at 20.40%. Regardless of BGSF's low profit margin, it has managed to increase from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, the net profit margin of 0.40% trails the industry average.
  • In comparison to the other companies in the Professional Services industry and the overall market, BG STAFFING INC's return on equity is significantly below that of the industry average and is below that of the S&P 500.
  • BG STAFFING INC reported significant earnings per share improvement in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago.

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Vanguard Natural Resources

Dividend Yield: 12.00%

Vanguard Natural Resources (NASDAQ: VNR) shares currently have a dividend yield of 12.00%.

Vanguard Natural Resources, LLC, through its subsidiaries, acquires and develops oil and natural gas properties in the United States.

The average volume for Vanguard Natural Resources has been 607,200 shares per day over the past 30 days. Vanguard Natural Resources has a market cap of $1.0 billion and is part of the energy industry. Shares are down 30.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • VANGUARD NATURAL RESOURCES 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. Earnings per share have declined over the last year. We anticipate that this should continue in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, VANGUARD NATURAL RESOURCES reported lower earnings of $0.54 versus $0.75 in the prior year. For the next year, the market is expecting a contraction of 31.5% in earnings ($0.37 versus $0.54).
  • 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 885.9% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $15.12 million to -$118.83 million.
  • The debt-to-equity ratio of 1.38 is relatively high when compared with the industry average, suggesting a need for better debt level management. To add to this, VNR 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, VANGUARD NATURAL RESOURCES'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 60.76%, worse than the S&P 500's performance. Consistent with the plunge in the stock price, the company's earnings per share are down 1031.25% 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.

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Pengrowth Energy

Dividend Yield: 9.20%

Pengrowth Energy (NYSE: PGH) shares currently have a dividend yield of 9.20%.

Pengrowth Energy Corporation engages in the acquisition, development, exploration, and production of oil and natural gas assets in the Alberta, British Columbia, Saskatchewan, and Nova Scotia provinces in Canada.

The average volume for Pengrowth Energy has been 1,587,200 shares per day over the past 30 days. Pengrowth Energy has a market cap of $1.1 billion and is part of the energy industry. Shares are down 38.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • PENGROWTH ENERGY CORP's earnings per share declined by 36.4% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. The company has reported a trend of declining earnings per share over the past two years. During the past fiscal year, PENGROWTH ENERGY CORP reported poor results of -$1.09 versus -$0.61 in the prior year.
  • 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, PENGROWTH ENERGY CORP'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 68.66%, worse than the S&P 500's performance. Consistent with the plunge in the stock price, the company's earnings per share are down 36.36% compared to the year-earlier 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.
  • Net operating cash flow has decreased to $102.30 million or 44.12% when compared to the same quarter last year. Despite a decrease in cash flow of 44.12%, PENGROWTH ENERGY CORP is in line with the industry average cash flow growth rate of -53.44%.
  • The change in net income from the same quarter one year ago has exceeded that of the Oil, Gas & Consumable Fuels industry average, but is less than that of the S&P 500. The net income has significantly decreased by 38.1% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from -$116.20 million to -$160.50 million.

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