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: 11.90%

Triangle Capital (NYSE: TCAP) shares currently have a dividend yield of 11.90%.

Triangle Capital Corporation is a business development company specializing in private equity and mezzanine investments. The company has a P/E ratio of 9.00.

The average volume for Triangle Capital has been 178,600 shares per day over the past 30 days. Triangle Capital has a market cap of $603.1 million and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are down 6.4% 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 expanding profit margins. 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.
  • Net operating cash flow has increased to -$78.57 million or 31.69% when compared to the same quarter last year. Despite an increase in cash flow of 31.69%, TRIANGLE CAPITAL CORP is still growing at a significantly lower rate than the industry average of 88.31%.
  • TCAP has underperformed the S&P 500 Index, declining 22.46% 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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Stage Stores

Dividend Yield: 7.50%

Stage Stores (NYSE: SSI) shares currently have a dividend yield of 7.50%.

Stage Stores, Inc. operates as a specialty department store retailer in small and mid-sized towns and communities in the United States. Its merchandise portfolio comprises moderately priced brand name and private label apparel, accessories, cosmetics, footwear, and home goods. The company has a P/E ratio of 9.59.

The average volume for Stage Stores has been 750,900 shares per day over the past 30 days. Stage Stores has a market cap of $243.3 million and is part of the retail industry. Shares are down 12.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Stage Stores as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its reasonable valuation levels, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income, poor profit margins and weak operating cash flow.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • The current debt-to-equity ratio, 0.39, is low and is below the industry average, implying that there has been successful management of debt levels. Even though the company has a strong debt-to-equity ratio, the quick ratio of 0.08 is very weak and demonstrates a lack of ability to pay short-term obligations.
  • SSI, with its decline in revenue, underperformed when compared the industry average of 7.0%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly dropped by 3.5%. Weakness in the company's revenue seems to have hurt the bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.
  • The gross profit margin for STAGE STORES INC is currently lower than what is desirable, coming in at 26.48%. It has decreased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of -2.89% trails that of the industry average.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to -$43.94 million or 1820.36% 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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THL Credit

Dividend Yield: 14.40%

THL Credit (NASDAQ: TCRD) shares currently have a dividend yield of 14.40%.

THL Credit, Inc. is a business development company specializing in direct and fund of fund investments. The fund seeks to invest in debt and equity securities of middle market companies. The company has a P/E ratio of 7.48.

The average volume for THL Credit has been 122,200 shares per day over the past 30 days. THL Credit has a market cap of $314.4 million and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are down 11.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates THL Credit as a hold. Among the primary strengths of the company is its expanding profit margins over time. At the same time, however, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, weak operating cash flow and disappointing return on equity.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • The gross profit margin for THL CREDIT INC is rather high; currently it is at 65.45%. 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 11.22% trails the industry average.
  • Regardless of the drop in revenue, the company managed to outperform against the industry average of 4.2%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly dropped by 0.1%. Weakness in the company's revenue seems to have hurt the bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.
  • THL CREDIT INC 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 two years. However, the consensus estimate suggests that this trend should reverse in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, THL CREDIT INC reported lower earnings of $1.07 versus $1.45 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($1.40 versus $1.07).
  • Net operating cash flow has declined marginally to $26.73 million or 6.91% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much lower.
  • 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 78.0% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $11.81 million to $2.59 million.

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