3 Sell-Rated Dividend Stocks: FPO, FULL, CCLP

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 "Sell."

First Potomac Realty

Dividend Yield: 7.30%

First Potomac Realty (NYSE: FPO) shares currently have a dividend yield of 7.30%.

First Potomac Realty Trust, a real estate investment trust (REIT), engages in the ownership, development, redevelopment, and operation of industrial properties and business parks in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, and other markets in Maryland and Virginia.

The average volume for First Potomac Realty has been 273,100 shares per day over the past 30 days. First Potomac Realty has a market cap of $479.9 million and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are down 25.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates First Potomac Realty as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity, generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself and feeble growth in its earnings per share.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • 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 Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 16673.9% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $0.23 million to -$38.12 million.
  • 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. Compared to other companies in the Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) industry and the overall market, FIRST POTOMAC REALTY TRUST's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • Despite any intermediate fluctuations, we have only bad news to report on this stock's performance over the last year: it has tumbled by 26.58%, worse than the S&P 500's performance. Consistent with the plunge in the stock price, the company's earnings per share are down 1100.00% compared to 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.
  • FIRST POTOMAC REALTY TRUST 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, FIRST POTOMAC REALTY TRUST swung to a loss, reporting -$0.78 versus $0.04 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings (-$0.20 versus -$0.78).
  • FPO, with its decline in revenue, slightly underperformed the industry average of 8.1%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly dropped by 0.7%. Weakness in the company's revenue seems to have hurt the bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.

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Full Circle Capital

Dividend Yield: 16.80%

Full Circle Capital (NASDAQ: FULL) shares currently have a dividend yield of 16.80%.

Full Circle Capital Corporation is a business development company specializing in debt and equity securities of smaller and lower middle-market companies.

The average volume for Full Circle Capital has been 57,400 shares per day over the past 30 days. Full Circle Capital has a market cap of $56.2 million and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are up 0.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Full Circle Capital as a sell. Among the areas we feel are negative, one of the most important has been a generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • FULL'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 32.62%, 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.
  • Current return on equity exceeded its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a clear sign of strength within the company. Compared to other companies in the Capital Markets industry and the overall market, FULL CIRCLE CAPITAL CORP's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • The gross profit margin for FULL CIRCLE CAPITAL CORP is currently very high, coming in at 253.89%. It has increased significantly from the same period last year. Along with this, the net profit margin of 355.64% significantly outperformed against the industry average.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly increased by 91.70% to $15.93 million when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, FULL CIRCLE CAPITAL CORP has also vastly surpassed the industry average cash flow growth rate of -2.34%.
  • FULL CIRCLE CAPITAL CORP reported significant earnings per share improvement 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 year. We feel that this trend should continue. This trend suggests that the performance of the business is improving. During the past fiscal year, FULL CIRCLE CAPITAL CORP continued to lose money by earning -$0.41 versus -$0.83 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($0.34 versus -$0.41).

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CSI Compressco

Dividend Yield: 18.40%

CSI Compressco (NASDAQ: CCLP) shares currently have a dividend yield of 18.40%.

CSI Compressco LP provides compression services and equipment for natural gas and oil production, gathering, transportation, processing, and storage applications in the United States and internationally.

The average volume for CSI Compressco has been 187,900 shares per day over the past 30 days. CSI Compressco has a market cap of $272.8 million and is part of the energy industry. Shares are down 20.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates CSI Compressco as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity, generally high debt management risk, generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself and feeble growth in its earnings per share.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • 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 Energy Equipment & Services industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 3567.6% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $4.36 million to -$151.22 million.
  • Return on equity has greatly decreased when compared to its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a signal of major weakness within the corporation. Compared to other companies in the Energy Equipment & Services industry and the overall market, CSI COMPRESSCO LP's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • Currently the debt-to-equity ratio of 1.75 is quite high overall and when compared to the industry average, suggesting that the current management of debt levels should be re-evaluated. Even though the debt-to-equity ratio is weak, CCLP's quick ratio is somewhat strong at 1.02, demonstrating the ability to handle short-term liquidity needs.
  • Despite any intermediate fluctuations, we have only bad news to report on this stock's performance over the last year: it has tumbled by 59.89%, worse than the S&P 500's performance. Consistent with the plunge in the stock price, the company's earnings per share are down 3073.33% compared to 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.
  • CSI COMPRESSCO 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. However, the consensus estimate suggests that this trend should reverse in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, CSI COMPRESSCO LP swung to a loss, reporting -$4.36 versus $0.65 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings (-$0.20 versus -$4.36).

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