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."

Atwood Oceanics

Dividend Yield: 6.80%

Atwood Oceanics (NYSE: ATW) shares currently have a dividend yield of 6.80%.

Atwood Oceanics, Inc., an offshore drilling contractor, engages in the drilling and completion of exploratory and developmental oil and gas wells worldwide. The company has a P/E ratio of 2.44.

The average volume for Atwood Oceanics has been 3,162,800 shares per day over the past 30 days. Atwood Oceanics has a market cap of $953.0 million and is part of the energy industry. Shares are down 42.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Atwood Oceanics 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 compelling growth in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including 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 22.6%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 12.9%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share.
  • The debt-to-equity ratio is somewhat low, currently at 0.61, 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, ATW has a quick ratio of 2.24, which demonstrates the ability of the company to cover short-term liquidity needs.
  • 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 Energy Equipment & Services industry and the overall market on the basis of return on equity, ATWOOD OCEANICS has underperformed in comparison with the industry average, but has exceeded that of the S&P 500.
  • ATW'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 64.95%, 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.
  • Net operating cash flow has decreased to $133.86 million or 22.51% when compared to the same quarter last year. In conjunction, when comparing current results to the industry average, ATWOOD OCEANICS has marginally lower results.

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Garmin

Dividend Yield: 5.80%

Garmin (NASDAQ: GRMN) shares currently have a dividend yield of 5.80%.

Garmin Ltd., together with its subsidiaries, designs, develops, manufactures, and markets hand-held, wrist-based, and portable and fixed-mount global positioning system (GPS) enabled products; and other navigation, communication, and information products worldwide. The company has a P/E ratio of 25.09.

The average volume for Garmin has been 1,539,200 shares per day over the past 30 days. Garmin has a market cap of $6.8 billion and is part of the electronics industry. Shares are down 32.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Garmin as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its 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 a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, deteriorating net income and disappointing return on equity.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • GRMN has no debt to speak of therefore resulting in a debt-to-equity ratio of zero, which we consider to be a relatively favorable sign. To add to this, GRMN has a quick ratio of 1.70, which demonstrates the ability of the company to cover short-term liquidity needs.
  • The gross profit margin for GARMIN LTD is rather high; currently it is at 55.81%. Regardless of GRMN's high profit margin, it has managed to decrease from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, GRMN's net profit margin of 17.80% significantly outperformed against the industry.
  • GRMN, with its decline in revenue, underperformed when compared the industry average of 12.5%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly dropped by 0.5%. Weakness in the company's revenue seems to have hurt the bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to -$97.36 million or 159.30% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much lower.
  • 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. In comparison to the other companies in the Household Durables industry and the overall market, GARMIN LTD's return on equity is significantly below that of the industry average and is below that of the S&P 500.

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Royal Dutch Shell

Dividend Yield: 7.80%

Royal Dutch Shell (NYSE: RDS.B) shares currently have a dividend yield of 7.80%.

Royal Dutch Shell plc operates as an independent oil and gas company worldwide. It operates through Upstream and Downstream segments. The company explores for and extracts crude oil, natural gas, and natural gas liquids. The company has a P/E ratio of 6.13.

The average volume for Royal Dutch Shell has been 1,695,000 shares per day over the past 30 days. Royal Dutch Shell has a market cap of $154.9 billion and is part of the energy industry. Shares are down 27.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Royal Dutch Shell as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and attractive valuation levels. 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:
  • RDS.B's debt-to-equity ratio is very low at 0.30 and is currently below that of the industry average, implying that there has been very successful management of debt levels.
  • RDS.B, with its decline in revenue, slightly underperformed the industry average of 34.6%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues fell by 34.9%. Weakness in the company's revenue seems to have hurt the bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.
  • Net operating cash flow has decreased to $6,050.00 million or 29.98% 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.
  • 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. In comparison to the other companies in the Oil, Gas & Consumable Fuels industry and the overall market, ROYAL DUTCH SHELL PLC's return on equity is significantly below that of the industry average and is below that of the S&P 500.

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