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."

Solar Senior Capital

Dividend Yield: 9.20%

Solar Senior Capital (NASDAQ: SUNS) shares currently have a dividend yield of 9.20%.

Solar Senior Capital Ltd. is a business development company specializing in investments in leveraged, middle-market companies in the United States. The fund invests in the form of senior secured loans, including first lien, unitranche, and second lien debt instruments. The company has a P/E ratio of 15.10.

The average volume for Solar Senior Capital has been 22,300 shares per day over the past 30 days. Solar Senior Capital has a market cap of $175.9 million and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are up 2.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Solar Senior Capital as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, expanding profit margins and increase in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including disappointing return on equity and weak operating cash flow.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • The revenue growth greatly exceeded the industry average of 5.9%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 29.6%. This growth in revenue appears to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, improving the earnings per share.
  • The gross profit margin for SOLAR SENIOR CAPITAL LTD is currently very high, coming in at 75.22%. It has increased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of 43.51% significantly outperformed against the industry average.
  • SOLAR SENIOR CAPITAL LTD has improved earnings per share by 47.0% 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, SOLAR SENIOR CAPITAL LTD reported lower earnings of $1.02 versus $1.11 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($1.35 versus $1.02).
  • 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. When compared to other companies in the Capital Markets industry and the overall market, SOLAR SENIOR CAPITAL LTD's return on equity is below that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to $0.09 million or 98.16% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much lower.

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CorEnergy Infrastructure

Dividend Yield: 12.10%

CorEnergy Infrastructure (NYSE: CORR) shares currently have a dividend yield of 12.10%.

CorEnergy Infrastructure Trust, Inc. is an open-ended equity trust launched and managed by Corridor InfraTrust Management, LLC. The trust primarily owns midstream and downstream U.S. energy infrastructure assets subject to long-term triple net participating leases with energy companies. The company has a P/E ratio of 70.57.

The average volume for CorEnergy Infrastructure has been 403,500 shares per day over the past 30 days. CorEnergy Infrastructure has a market cap of $294.6 million and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are down 21.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates CorEnergy Infrastructure as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income, disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • CORR's very impressive revenue growth greatly exceeded the industry average of 6.1%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues leaped by 102.8%. 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.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly increased by 199.74% to $16.30 million when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, CORENERGY INFRASTRUCTURE TR has also vastly surpassed the industry average cash flow growth rate of 6.55%.
  • CORENERGY INFRASTRUCTURE TR 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. 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, CORENERGY INFRASTRUCTURE TR increased its bottom line by earning $0.23 versus $0.18 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($0.24 versus $0.23).
  • 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 Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) industry and the overall market, CORENERGY INFRASTRUCTURE TR's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • The gross profit margin for CORENERGY INFRASTRUCTURE TR is rather low; currently it is at 19.01%. It has decreased significantly from the same period last year. Along with this, the net profit margin of 1.90% significantly trails the industry average.

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Gladstone Investment

Dividend Yield: 10.00%

Gladstone Investment (NASDAQ: GAIN) shares currently have a dividend yield of 10.00%.

Gladstone Investment Corporation is a business development company specializing in buyouts; recapitalizations; refinancing existing debt; senior debt securities; junior subordinated debt securities; limited liability company interests, and warrants or options. The company has a P/E ratio of 53.71.

The average volume for Gladstone Investment has been 145,100 shares per day over the past 30 days. Gladstone Investment has a market cap of $227.6 million and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are up 7.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Gladstone Investment as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, notable return on equity and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income and feeble growth in the company's earnings per share.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • GAIN's very impressive revenue growth greatly exceeded the industry average of 5.9%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues leaped by 51.5%. 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 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. Compared to other companies in the Capital Markets industry and the overall market, GLADSTONE INVESTMENT CORP/DE's return on equity exceeds that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly increased by 56.57% to -$8.46 million when compared to the same quarter last year. Despite an increase in cash flow of 56.57%, GLADSTONE INVESTMENT CORP/DE is still growing at a significantly lower rate than the industry average of 265.45%.
  • GLADSTONE INVESTMENT CORP/DE 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. This company has reported somewhat volatile earnings recently. We feel it is likely to report a decline in earnings in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, GLADSTONE INVESTMENT CORP/DE turned its bottom line around by earning $1.88 versus -$0.06 in the prior year. For the next year, the market is expecting a contraction of 62.8% in earnings ($0.70 versus $1.88).
  • 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 Capital Markets industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 104.1% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $2.70 million to -$0.11 million.

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