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: 12.20%

Triangle Capital (NYSE: TCAP) shares currently have a dividend yield of 12.20%.

Triangle Capital Corporation is a business development company specializing in private equity and mezzanine investments. The company has a P/E ratio of 8.84.

The average volume for Triangle Capital has been 190,300 shares per day over the past 30 days. Triangle Capital has a market cap of $591.8 million and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are down 7.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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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 4.2%. 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 20.66% 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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Seaspan

Dividend Yield: 8.90%

Seaspan (NYSE: SSW) shares currently have a dividend yield of 8.90%.

Seaspan Corporation operates as an independent charter owner and manager of containerships in Hong Kong. The company charters its containerships pursuant to long-term, fixed-rate time charters to various container liner companies. The company has a P/E ratio of 4.19.

The average volume for Seaspan has been 324,300 shares per day over the past 30 days. Seaspan has a market cap of $1.7 billion and is part of the transportation industry. Shares are up 3.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Seaspan as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, deteriorating net income and disappointing return on equity.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • The revenue growth greatly exceeded the industry average of 16.3%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 14.5%. 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 gross profit margin for SEASPAN CORP is currently very high, coming in at 70.44%. Regardless of SSW's high profit margin, it has managed to decrease from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, the net profit margin of 9.62% trails the industry average.
  • SEASPAN CORP 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 year. However, the consensus estimate suggests that this trend should reverse in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, SEASPAN CORP reported lower earnings of $0.78 versus $2.94 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($1.07 versus $0.78).
  • 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 Marine industry and the overall market, SEASPAN CORP's return on equity is below that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • 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 Marine industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 68.7% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $65.44 million to $20.49 million.

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Delek Logistics Partners

Dividend Yield: 9.10%

Delek Logistics Partners (NYSE: DKL) shares currently have a dividend yield of 9.10%.

Delek Logistics Partners, LP owns and operates logistics and marketing assets for crude oil, and intermediate and refined products in the United States. It operates through two segments, Pipelines and Transportation, and Wholesale Marketing and Terminalling. The company has a P/E ratio of 9.33.

The average volume for Delek Logistics Partners has been 60,300 shares per day over the past 30 days. Delek Logistics Partners has a market cap of $626.9 million and is part of the energy industry. Shares are down 28.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Delek Logistics Partners as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its compelling growth in net income, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the stock has had a generally disappointing performance in the past year.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • 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 25.4% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from $14.84 million to $18.60 million.
  • Net operating cash flow has remained constant at $20.20 million with no significant change when compared to the same quarter last year. Along with maintaining stable cash flow from operations, the firm exceeded the industry average cash flow growth rate of -38.77%.
  • Regardless of the drop in revenue, the company managed to outperform against the industry average of 31.9%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues fell by 27.6%. The declining revenue has not hurt the company's bottom line, with increasing earnings per share.
  • DELEK LOGISTICS PARTNERS LP has improved earnings per share by 26.7% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. The company has demonstrated a pattern of positive earnings per share growth over the past two years. However, we anticipate underperformance relative to this pattern in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, DELEK LOGISTICS PARTNERS LP increased its bottom line by earning $2.87 versus $1.96 in the prior year. For the next year, the market is expecting a contraction of 6.6% in earnings ($2.68 versus $2.87).
  • DKL'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 40.71%, 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.

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