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."

Concurrent Computer

Dividend Yield: 9.50%

Concurrent Computer (NASDAQ: CCUR) shares currently have a dividend yield of 9.50%.

Concurrent Computer Corporation provides software, hardware, and professional services for real-time markets in North America, the Asia Pacific, Europe, and South America. It operates through two segments, Products and Services.

The average volume for Concurrent Computer has been 31,100 shares per day over the past 30 days. Concurrent Computer has a market cap of $48.7 million and is part of the computer hardware industry. Shares are down 29.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Concurrent Computer 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, disappointing return on equity, weak operating cash flow and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • CONCURRENT COMPUTER CP 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. The company has reported a trend of declining earnings per share over the past two years. During the past fiscal year, CONCURRENT COMPUTER CP swung to a loss, reporting -$0.03 versus $2.04 in the prior year.
  • 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 Computers & Peripherals industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 106.1% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $15.60 million to -$0.95 million.
  • 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 Computers & Peripherals industry and the overall market, CONCURRENT COMPUTER CP's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to $0.06 million or 99.20% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much lower.
  • Despite any intermediate fluctuations, we have only bad news to report on this stock's performance over the last year: it has tumbled by 27.67%, worse than the S&P 500's performance. Consistent with the plunge in the stock price, the company's earnings per share are down 105.81% 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.

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Seadrill Partners

Dividend Yield: 19.70%

Seadrill Partners (NYSE: SDLP) shares currently have a dividend yield of 19.70%.

Seadrill Partners LLC owns, operates, and acquires offshore drilling units. The company primarily serves various oil and gas companies. As of March 31, 2015, its fleet consisted of four semi-submersible drilling rigs, three drillships, and three tender rigs. The company has a P/E ratio of 5.36.

The average volume for Seadrill Partners has been 371,200 shares per day over the past 30 days. Seadrill Partners has a market cap of $868.0 million and is part of the energy industry. Shares are down 32.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Seadrill Partners as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its generally high debt management risk and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • Although SDLP's debt-to-equity ratio of 4.08 is very high, it is currently less than that of the industry average. To add to this, SDLP has a quick ratio of 0.65, this demonstrates the lack of ability of the company to cover short-term liquidity needs.
  • SDLP'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 58.68%, 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.
  • SEADRILL PARTNERS LLC reported significant earnings per share improvement 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, SEADRILL PARTNERS LLC reported lower earnings of $1.72 versus $1.86 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($2.98 versus $1.72).
  • The company's current return on equity greatly increased when compared to its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a signal of significant strength within the corporation. In comparison to other companies in the Energy Equipment & Services industry and the overall market on the basis of return on equity, SEADRILL PARTNERS LLC has underperformed in comparison with the industry average, but has greatly exceeded that of the S&P 500.
  • The gross profit margin for SEADRILL PARTNERS LLC is rather high; currently it is at 65.94%. Regardless of SDLP's high profit margin, it has managed to decrease from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, SDLP's net profit margin of 24.28% significantly outperformed against the industry.

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International Shipholding

Dividend Yield: 8.70%

International Shipholding (NYSE: ISH) shares currently have a dividend yield of 8.70%.

International Shipholding Corporation, through its subsidiaries, provides maritime transportation services to commercial and governmental customers primarily under the medium to long-term time charters or contracts of affreightment in the United States and internationally.

The average volume for International Shipholding has been 44,100 shares per day over the past 30 days. International Shipholding has a market cap of $16.9 million and is part of the transportation industry. Shares are down 84.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates International Shipholding as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its disappointing return on equity, poor profit margins, weak operating cash flow, generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself and generally high debt management risk.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • 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 Marine industry and the overall market, INTL SHIPHOLDING CORP's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • The gross profit margin for INTL SHIPHOLDING CORP is currently extremely low, coming in at 14.53%. It has decreased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of -0.24% is significantly below that of the industry average.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to -$5.14 million or 221.78% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much lower.
  • ISH'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 84.62%, 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. 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.
  • ISH's debt-to-equity ratio of 0.83 is somewhat low overall, but it is high when compared to the industry average, implying that the management of the debt levels should be evaluated further. Despite the fact that ISH's debt-to-equity ratio is mixed in its results, the company's quick ratio of 0.68 is low and demonstrates weak liquidity.

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