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."

Resource Capital

Dividend Yield: 17.80%

Resource Capital (NYSE: RSO) shares currently have a dividend yield of 17.80%.

Resource Capital Corp., a diversified real estate investment trust, primarily focuses on originating, holding, and managing commercial mortgage loans and other commercial real estate-related debt and equity investments in the United States.

The average volume for Resource Capital has been 408,200 shares per day over the past 30 days. Resource Capital has a market cap of $298.8 million and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are down 26.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Resource Capital as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its disappointing return on equity, generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself and feeble growth in its earnings per share.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • 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, RESOURCE CAPITAL CORP's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • Looking at the price performance of RSO's shares over the past 12 months, there is not much good news to report: the stock is down 41.67%, and it has underformed the S&P 500 Index. In addition, the company's earnings per share are lower today than 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.
  • RESOURCE CAPITAL CORP's earnings per share declined by 12.5% in the most recent quarter compared to 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, RESOURCE CAPITAL CORP increased its bottom line by earning $1.36 versus $1.32 in the prior year. For the next year, the market is expecting a contraction of 110.7% in earnings (-$0.15 versus $1.36).
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has exceeded that of the S&P 500, but is less than that of the Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) industry average. The net income increased by 0.1% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, going from $12.87 million to $12.89 million.
  • The gross profit margin for RESOURCE CAPITAL CORP is rather high; currently it is at 65.36%. It has increased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of 27.92% is above that of the industry average.

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Hoegh LNG Partners

Dividend Yield: 10.60%

Hoegh LNG Partners (NYSE: HMLP) shares currently have a dividend yield of 10.60%.

Hoegh LNG Partners LP focuses on owning, operating, and acquiring floating storage and regasification units, liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers, and other LNG infrastructure assets under long-term charters. Hoegh LNG GP LLC is the general partner of the company. The company has a P/E ratio of 13.71.

The average volume for Hoegh LNG Partners has been 50,100 shares per day over the past 30 days. Hoegh LNG Partners has a market cap of $335.5 million and is part of the transportation industry. Shares are down 32.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Hoegh LNG Partners as a sell. Among the areas we feel are negative, one of the most important has been a generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • HMLP'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 31.32%, 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.
  • Despite the weak revenue results, HMLP has outperformed against the industry average of 36.8%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues fell by 25.6%. The declining revenue has not hurt the company's bottom line, with increasing earnings per share.
  • HMLP's debt-to-equity ratio of 0.84 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. Even though the debt-to-equity ratio shows mixed results, the company's quick ratio of 4.03 is very high and demonstrates very strong liquidity.
  • HOEGH LNG PARTNERS LP reported significant earnings per share improvement in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($1.34 versus $0.04).
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Oil, Gas & Consumable Fuels industry. The net income increased by 56.8% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from $3.31 million to $5.19 million.

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OHA Investment

Dividend Yield: 13.60%

OHA Investment (NASDAQ: OHAI) shares currently have a dividend yield of 13.60%.

OHA Investment Corporation is a business development company specializing in investments in small and mid size and middle market private companies. The company has a P/E ratio of 9.81.

The average volume for OHA Investment has been 48,900 shares per day over the past 30 days. OHA Investment has a market cap of $71.2 million and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are down 11.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates OHA Investment as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its feeble growth in its earnings per share, disappointing return on equity, weak operating cash flow and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • OHA INVESTMENT CORP's earnings per share declined by 10.0% in the most recent quarter compared to 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, OHA INVESTMENT CORP swung to a loss, reporting -$1.08 versus $0.19 in the prior year.
  • Current return on equity is lower than its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a clear sign of weakness within the company. Compared to other companies in the Capital Markets industry and the overall market, OHA INVESTMENT CORP'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 -$20.23 million or 189.41% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much lower.
  • Reflecting the weaknesses we have cited, including the decline in the company's earnings per share, OHAI has underperformed the S&P 500 Index, declining 19.00% from its price level of one year ago. The fact that the stock is now selling for less than others in its industry in relation to its current earnings is not reason enough to justify a buy rating at this time.
  • The change in net income from the same quarter one year ago has exceeded that of the S&P 500 and greatly outperformed compared to the Capital Markets industry average. The net income has decreased by 9.3% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, dropping from -$6.08 million to -$6.65 million.

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