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."

Triangle Capital

Dividend Yield: 13.00%

Triangle Capital (NYSE: TCAP) shares currently have a dividend yield of 13.00%.

Triangle Capital Corporation is a business development company specializing in private equity and mezzanine investments. The company has a P/E ratio of 8.27.

The average volume for Triangle Capital has been 201,700 shares per day over the past 30 days. Triangle Capital has a market cap of $553.8 million and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are down 8.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • The revenue growth came in higher than the industry average of 0.4%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 24.0%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share.
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Capital Markets industry. The net income increased by 302.8% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from -$8.81 million to $17.87 million.
  • TRIANGLE CAPITAL CORP 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, TRIANGLE CAPITAL CORP reported lower earnings of $1.04 versus $2.94 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($2.14 versus $1.04).
  • TCAP has underperformed the S&P 500 Index, declining 20.06% 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 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 Capital Markets industry and the overall market on the basis of return on equity, TRIANGLE CAPITAL CORP has outperformed in comparison with the industry average, but has underperformed when compared to that of the S&P 500.

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NuStar GP Holdings

Dividend Yield: 15.80%

NuStar GP Holdings (NYSE: NSH) shares currently have a dividend yield of 15.80%.

NuStar GP Holdings, LLC, through its ownership interests in NuStar Energy L.P., engages in the transportation of petroleum products and anhydrous ammonia; terminalling and storage of petroleum products; and marketing of petroleum products. The company has a P/E ratio of 8.01.

The average volume for NuStar GP Holdings has been 243,400 shares per day over the past 30 days. NuStar GP Holdings has a market cap of $590.9 million and is part of the energy industry. Shares are down 29.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates NuStar GP Holdings as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that we feel that the company's cash flow from its operations has been weak overall.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • The revenue growth greatly exceeded the industry average of 36.5%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 2.4%. 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 Oil, Gas & Consumable Fuels industry and the overall market, NUSTAR GP HOLDINGS LLC's return on equity significantly exceeds that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • Looking at the price performance of NSH's shares over the past 12 months, there is not much good news to report: the stock is down 59.55%, 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.
  • 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 Oil, Gas & Consumable Fuels industry average. The net income has decreased by 4.1% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, dropping from $17.64 million to $16.92 million.
  • Net operating cash flow has decreased to $22.05 million or 12.40% when compared to the same quarter last year. Despite a decrease in cash flow NUSTAR GP HOLDINGS LLC is still fairing well by exceeding its industry average cash flow growth rate of -26.59%.

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Evolving Systems

Dividend Yield: 8.60%

Evolving Systems (NASDAQ: EVOL) shares currently have a dividend yield of 8.60%.

Evolving Systems, Inc. provides software solutions and services to the wireless, wireline, and cable markets in the United Kingdom, Nigeria, Mexico, and internationally. The company has a P/E ratio of 15.55.

The average volume for Evolving Systems has been 51,100 shares per day over the past 30 days. Evolving Systems has a market cap of $59.8 million and is part of the computer software & services industry. Shares are down 6.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Evolving Systems 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 expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • Net operating cash flow has slightly increased to -$0.24 million or 5.42% when compared to the same quarter last year. The firm also exceeded the industry average cash flow growth rate of -7.30%.
  • Despite currently having a low debt-to-equity ratio of 0.31, it is higher than that of the industry average, inferring that management of debt levels may need to be evaluated further. Despite the fact that EVOL's debt-to-equity ratio is mixed in its results, the company's quick ratio of 1.84 is high and demonstrates strong liquidity.
  • 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 Software industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 66.0% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $1.68 million to $0.57 million.
  • 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 Software industry and the overall market, EVOLVING SYSTEMS INC's return on equity is below that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.

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