What To Hold: 3 Hold-Rated Dividend Stocks SBR, HEES, BGSF

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."

Sabine Royalty

Dividend Yield: 10.10%

Sabine Royalty (NYSE: SBR) shares currently have a dividend yield of 10.10%.

Sabine Royalty Trust holds royalty and mineral interests in various oil and gas properties in the United States. The company has a P/E ratio of 7.88.

The average volume for Sabine Royalty has been 46,800 shares per day over the past 30 days. Sabine Royalty has a market cap of $478.2 million and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are up 21.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Sabine Royalty 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, notable return on equity and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself and feeble growth in the company's earnings per share.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • SBR 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. Along with this, the company maintains a quick ratio of 2.85, which clearly demonstrates the ability to cover short-term cash needs.
  • 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, SABINE ROYALTY TRUST's return on equity significantly exceeds that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • Despite the weak revenue results, SBR has outperformed against the industry average of 36.8%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues fell by 26.5%. Weakness in the company's revenue seems to have hurt the bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.
  • SABINE ROYALTY TRUST's earnings per share declined by 27.6% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. Stable Earnings per share over the past year indicate the company has sound management over its earnings and share float. During the past fiscal year, SABINE ROYALTY TRUST's EPS of $4.03 remained unchanged from the prior years' EPS of $4.03.
  • The share price of SABINE ROYALTY TRUST has not done very well: it is down 23.62% and has underperformed the S&P 500, in part reflecting the company's sharply declining earnings per share when compared to the year-earlier quarter. 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.

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H&E Equipment Services

Dividend Yield: 9.40%

H&E Equipment Services (NASDAQ: HEES) shares currently have a dividend yield of 9.40%.

H&E Equipment Services, Inc. operates as an integrated equipment services company. The company rents, sells, and provides parts and service support for hi-lift or aerial work platform equipment, crane, earthmoving equipment, and industrial lift truck categories. The company has a P/E ratio of 8.38.

The average volume for H&E Equipment Services has been 391,600 shares per day over the past 30 days. H&E Equipment Services has a market cap of $412.8 million and is part of the diversified services industry. Shares are down 32% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates H&E Equipment Services as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, attractive valuation levels and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including generally higher debt management risk, weak operating cash flow and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • HEES's revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 4.2%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 0.7%. 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.
  • 48.33% is the gross profit margin for H&E EQUIPMENT SERVICES INC which we consider to be strong. It has increased from the same quarter the previous year. Regardless of the strong results of the gross profit margin, the net profit margin of 5.33% trails the industry average.
  • Net operating cash flow has declined marginally to $65.46 million or 4.81% when compared to the same quarter last year. In conjunction, when comparing current results to the industry average, H&E EQUIPMENT SERVICES INC has marginally lower results.
  • The debt-to-equity ratio is very high at 6.73 and currently higher than the industry average, implying increased risk associated with the management of debt levels within the company.

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BG Staffing

Dividend Yield: 7.40%

BG Staffing (AMEX: BGSF) shares currently have a dividend yield of 7.40%.

BG Staffing, Inc. operates as a temporary staffing company in the United States. It operates through three segments: Light Industrial, Multifamily, and IT Staffing. The company has a P/E ratio of 22.30.

The average volume for BG Staffing has been 5,000 shares per day over the past 30 days. BG Staffing has a market cap of $100.4 million and is part of the diversified services industry. Shares are down 9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates BG Staffing as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company's profit margins have been poor overall.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • The revenue growth came in higher than the industry average of 0.7%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 25.3%. 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 0.98, 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, BGSF has a quick ratio of 1.89, which demonstrates the ability of the company to cover short-term liquidity needs.
  • Compared to where it was trading a year ago, BGSF's share price has not changed very much due to (a) the relatively weak year-over-year performance of the overall market, (b) the company's stagnant earnings, and (c) other mixed results. Despite the fact that it has already risen in the past year, there is currently no conclusive evidence that warrants the purchase or sale of this stock.
  • The gross profit margin for BG STAFFING INC is rather low; currently it is at 23.03%. Regardless of BGSF's low profit margin, it has managed to increase from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, the net profit margin of 3.68% trails the industry average.

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