3 Hold-Rated Dividend Stocks: NSH, DMLP, TGH

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."

NuStar GP Holdings

Dividend Yield: 10.40%

NuStar GP Holdings (NYSE: NSH) shares currently have a dividend yield of 10.40%.

NuStar GP Holdings, LLC, through its ownership interests in NuStar Energy L.P., engages in the transportation of petroleum products and anhydrous ammonia. The company is also involved in the terminalling, storage, and marketing of petroleum products. The company has a P/E ratio of 13.19.

The average volume for NuStar GP Holdings has been 189,200 shares per day over the past 30 days. NuStar GP Holdings has a market cap of $901.1 million and is part of the energy industry. Shares are down 0.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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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 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:
  • The revenue growth greatly exceeded the industry average of 34.7%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 5.5%. 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 NUSTAR GP HOLDINGS LLC is currently very high, coming in at 100.00%. NSH has managed to maintain the strong profit margin since the same quarter of last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, NSH's net profit margin of 74.52% significantly outperformed against the industry.
  • 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 9.8% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, dropping from $14.37 million to $12.96 million.
  • NUSTAR GP HOLDINGS LLC's earnings per share declined by 11.8% 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, NUSTAR GP HOLDINGS LLC increased its bottom line by earning $1.68 versus $1.44 in the prior year. For the next year, the market is expecting a contraction of 12.5% in earnings ($1.47 versus $1.68).
  • 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 40.80%, 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. Turning toward the future, the fact that the stock has come down in price over the past year should not necessarily be interpreted as a negative; it could be one of the factors that may help make the stock attractive down the road. Right now, however, we believe that it is too soon to buy.

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Dorchester Minerals

Dividend Yield: 7.10%

Dorchester Minerals (NASDAQ: DMLP) shares currently have a dividend yield of 7.10%.

Dorchester Minerals, L.P. engages in the acquisition, ownership, and administration of producing and nonproducing natural gas and crude oil royalty, net profits, and leasehold interests in the United States. The company has a P/E ratio of 27.36.

The average volume for Dorchester Minerals has been 56,400 shares per day over the past 30 days. Dorchester Minerals has a market cap of $343.3 million and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are up 13.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • DMLP 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 23.89, which clearly demonstrates the ability to cover short-term cash needs.
  • The gross profit margin for DORCHESTER MINERALS -LP is currently very high, coming in at 86.80%. Regardless of DMLP's high profit margin, it has managed to decrease from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, DMLP's net profit margin of 36.86% significantly outperformed against the industry.
  • DMLP, with its decline in revenue, underperformed when compared the industry average of 34.7%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues fell by 47.7%. Weakness in the company's revenue seems to have hurt the bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.
  • DORCHESTER MINERALS -LP 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. During the past fiscal year, DORCHESTER MINERALS -LP reported lower earnings of $0.42 versus $1.42 in the prior year.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to $5.22 million or 51.02% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing the cash generation rate to the industry average, the firm's growth is significantly lower.

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Textainer Group Holdings

Dividend Yield: 7.10%

Textainer Group Holdings (NYSE: TGH) shares currently have a dividend yield of 7.10%.

Textainer Group Holdings Limited, through with its subsidiaries, engages in the purchase, ownership, management, leasing, and disposal of a fleet of intermodal containers worldwide. It operates through three segments: Container Ownership, Container Management, and Container Resale. The company has a P/E ratio of 6.45.

The average volume for Textainer Group Holdings has been 493,000 shares per day over the past 30 days. Textainer Group Holdings has a market cap of $759.8 million and is part of the diversified services industry. Shares are down 4.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Textainer Group Holdings as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its attractive valuation levels and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including feeble growth in the company's earnings per share, deteriorating net income and disappointing return on equity.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • The gross profit margin for TEXTAINER GROUP HOLDINGS LTD is currently very high, coming in at 86.40%. It has increased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of 16.57% is above that of the industry average.
  • TGH, with its decline in revenue, slightly underperformed the industry average of 4.8%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly dropped by 10.0%. Weakness in the company's revenue seems to have hurt the bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.
  • 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. In comparison to the other companies in the Trading Companies & Distributors industry and the overall market, TEXTAINER GROUP HOLDINGS LTD's return on equity is significantly below that of the industry average and is below that of the S&P 500.
  • Net operating cash flow has decreased to $92.32 million or 11.45% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing the cash generation rate to the industry average, the firm's growth is significantly lower.

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