What To Hold: 3 Hold-Rated Dividend Stocks NYMT, WILN, CMLP

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."

New York Mortgage

Dividend Yield: 16.30%

New York Mortgage (NASDAQ: NYMT) shares currently have a dividend yield of 16.30%.

New York Mortgage Trust, Inc., a real estate investment trust (REIT), engages in acquiring, investing in, financing, and managing mortgage-related and financial assets in the United States. The company has a P/E ratio of 5.26.

The average volume for New York Mortgage has been 1,335,200 shares per day over the past 30 days. New York Mortgage has a market cap of $725.3 million and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are down 14.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates New York Mortgage as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its attractive valuation levels and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income, poor profit margins and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • The return on equity has improved slightly when compared to the same quarter one year prior. This can be construed as a modest strength in the organization. Compared to other companies in the Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) industry and the overall market on the basis of return on equity, NEW YORK MORTGAGE TRUST INC has outperformed in comparison with the industry average, but has underperformed when compared to that of the S&P 500.
  • NYMT, with its decline in revenue, underperformed when compared the industry average of 7.1%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues fell by 14.3%. Weakness in the company's revenue seems to have hurt the bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.
  • The company, on the basis of change in net income from the same quarter one year ago, has underperformed when compared to that of the S&P 500 and greatly underperformed compared to the Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) industry average. The net income has decreased by 22.5% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, dropping from $31.78 million to $24.63 million.
  • The gross profit margin for NEW YORK MORTGAGE TRUST INC is currently lower than what is desirable, coming in at 29.53%. It has decreased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of 24.86% trails that of the industry average.

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Wi-Lan

Dividend Yield: 7.60%

Wi-Lan (NASDAQ: WILN) shares currently have a dividend yield of 7.60%.

Wi-LAN Inc., an intellectual property licensing company, develops, acquires, and licenses various patented technologies, which are used in products in the communications and consumer electronics markets. The company has a P/E ratio of 42.20.

The average volume for Wi-Lan has been 140,600 shares per day over the past 30 days. Wi-Lan has a market cap of $253.7 million and is part of the telecommunications industry. Shares are down 31.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Wi-Lan as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and growth in earnings per share. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself and weak operating cash flow.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • The revenue growth greatly exceeded the industry average of 10.0%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 36.4%. This growth in revenue appears to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, improving the earnings per share.
  • WILN's debt-to-equity ratio is very low at 0.14 and is currently below that of the industry average, implying that there has been very successful management of debt levels. To add to this, WILN has a quick ratio of 2.20, which demonstrates the ability of the company to cover short-term liquidity needs.
  • The gross profit margin for WI-LAN INC is rather high; currently it is at 53.90%. Despite the high profit margin, it has decreased significantly from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, WILN's net profit margin of 31.31% significantly outperformed against the industry.
  • Net operating cash flow has decreased to $7.19 million or 38.91% 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.
  • WILN'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 37.21%, 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. Although its share price is down sharply from a year ago, do not assume that it can now be tagged as cheap and attractive. The reality is that, based on its current price in relation to its earnings, WILN is still more expensive than most of the other companies in its industry.

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Crestwood Midstream Partners

Dividend Yield: 17.10%

Crestwood Midstream Partners (NYSE: CMLP) shares currently have a dividend yield of 17.10%.

Crestwood Midstream Partners LP provides gathering, processing, storage, and transportation solutions to customers in the crude oil, natural gas liquids (NGL), and natural gas sectors of the energy industry in the United States.

The average volume for Crestwood Midstream Partners has been 700,900 shares per day over the past 30 days. Crestwood Midstream Partners has a market cap of $1.8 billion and is part of the energy industry. Shares are down 36.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Crestwood Midstream Partners as a hold. The company's strongest point has been its expanding profit margins. At the same time, however, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income and feeble growth in the company's earnings per share.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • Regardless of the drop in revenue, the company managed to outperform against the industry average of 34.8%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues fell by 29.2%. Weakness in the company's revenue seems to have hurt the bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.
  • This stock's share value has moved by only 54.23% over the past year. 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.
  • CRESTWOOD MIDSTREAM PTNRS LP's earnings have gone downhill when comparing its most recently reported quarter with the same quarter a year earlier. The company has reported a trend of declining earnings per share over the past two years. However, the consensus estimate suggests that this trend should reverse in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, CRESTWOOD MIDSTREAM PTNRS LP reported poor results of -$0.46 versus -$0.40 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($0.08 versus -$0.46).
  • The gross profit margin for CRESTWOOD MIDSTREAM PTNRS LP is rather low; currently it is at 21.74%. Regardless of CMLP's low profit margin, it has managed to increase from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, CMLP's net profit margin of -10.01% significantly underperformed when compared to the industry average.
  • 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 698.8% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $8.00 million to -$47.90 million.

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