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."

USA Compression Partners

Dividend Yield: 12.10%

USA Compression Partners (NYSE: USAC) shares currently have a dividend yield of 12.10%.

USA Compression Partners, LP provides natural gas compression services under term contracts with customers in the oil and gas industry in the United States. It engineers, designs, operates, services, and repairs its compression units and maintains related support inventory and equipment. The company has a P/E ratio of 86.60.

The average volume for USA Compression Partners has been 145,800 shares per day over the past 30 days. USA Compression Partners has a market cap of $567.6 million and is part of the energy industry. Shares are up 5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates USA Compression Partners as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, deteriorating net income and disappointing return on equity.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • The revenue growth greatly exceeded the industry average of 22.3%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 24.6%. 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 significantly increased by 57.57% to $34.04 million when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, USA COMPRESSION PRTNRS LP has also vastly surpassed the industry average cash flow growth rate of -13.95%.
  • The debt-to-equity ratio is somewhat low, currently at 0.92, 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 0.44 is very weak and demonstrates a lack of ability to pay short-term obligations.
  • The company's current return on equity has slightly decreased from the same quarter one year prior. This implies a minor weakness in the organization. Compared to other companies in the Energy Equipment & Services industry and the overall market, USA COMPRESSION PRTNRS LP'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 30.22%, worse than the S&P 500's performance. Consistent with the plunge in the stock price, the company's earnings per share are down 288.88% compared to the year-earlier 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, USAC is still more expensive than most of the other companies in its industry.

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Arc Logistics Partners

Dividend Yield: 11.50%

Arc Logistics Partners (NYSE: ARCX) shares currently have a dividend yield of 11.50%.

ARC Logistics Partners LP engages in the terminalling, storage, throughput, and transloading of crude oil and petroleum products.

The average volume for Arc Logistics Partners has been 7,000 shares per day over the past 30 days. Arc Logistics Partners has a market cap of $195.4 million and is part of the energy industry. Shares are down 13.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Arc Logistics Partners 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 expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including disappointing return on equity, weak operating cash flow and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • The revenue growth greatly exceeded the industry average of 34.6%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 29.8%. 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.
  • The debt-to-equity ratio is somewhat low, currently at 0.63, and is less than that of the industry average, implying that there has been a relatively successful effort in the management of debt levels. To add to this, ARCX has a quick ratio of 2.06, which demonstrates the ability of the company to cover short-term liquidity needs.
  • The company's current return on equity has slightly decreased from the same quarter one year prior. This implies a minor weakness in the organization. Compared to other companies in the Oil, Gas & Consumable Fuels industry and the overall market, ARC LOGISTICS PARTNERS LP's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • Net operating cash flow has decreased to $7.18 million or 20.88% when compared to the same quarter last year. In conjunction, when comparing current results to the industry average, ARC LOGISTICS PARTNERS LP has marginally lower results.

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LRR Energy

Dividend Yield: 16.70%

LRR Energy (NYSE: LRE) shares currently have a dividend yield of 16.70%.

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 5.92.

The average volume for LRR Energy has been 201,600 shares per day over the past 30 days. LRR Energy has a market cap of $126.3 million and is part of the energy industry. Shares are down 33.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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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 reasonable valuation levels, good cash flow from operations 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 poor profit margins.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • Net operating cash flow has increased to $20.31 million or 30.69% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, LRR ENERGY LP has also vastly surpassed the industry average cash flow growth rate of -19.88%.
  • LRE, with its decline in revenue, slightly underperformed the industry average of 34.6%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues fell by 38.4%. 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 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 204.1% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from -$7.34 million to -$22.31 million.
  • Currently the debt-to-equity ratio of 1.86 is quite high overall and when compared to the industry average, suggesting that the current management of debt levels should be re-evaluated. Along with the unfavorable debt-to-equity ratio, LRE maintains a poor quick ratio of 0.76, which illustrates the inability to avoid short-term cash problems.

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