3 Hold-Rated Dividend Stocks: GSBD, TGH, PNNT

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."

Goldman Sachs BDC

Dividend Yield: 9.10%

Goldman Sachs BDC (NYSE: GSBD) shares currently have a dividend yield of 9.10%.

Goldman Sachs BDC, Inc. is a business development company specializing in middle market and mezzanine investment in private companies.

The average volume for Goldman Sachs BDC has been 98,200 shares per day over the past 30 days. Goldman Sachs BDC has a market cap of $719.0 million and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are up 4.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Goldman Sachs BDC as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, expanding profit margins and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, unimpressive growth in net income and weak operating cash flow.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • The revenue growth greatly exceeded the industry average of 24.3%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 18.9%. 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 GOLDMAN SACHS BDC INC is currently very high, coming in at 77.36%. It has increased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of 17.23% is above that of the industry average.
  • When compared to other companies in the Capital Markets industry and the overall market, GOLDMAN SACHS BDC INC's return on equity is below that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • The share price of GOLDMAN SACHS BDC INC is down 6.85% when compared to where it was trading one year earlier. This reflects both (a) the trend in the overall market as well as (b) the sharp decline in the company's earnings per share. Looking ahead, other than the push or pull of the broad market, we do not see anything in the company's numbers that may help reverse the decline experienced over the past 12 months. Despite the past decline, the stock is still selling for more than most others in its industry.
  • The company, on the basis of change in net income from the same quarter one year ago, has significantly underperformed against the S&P 500 and did not exceed that of the Capital Markets industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 61.5% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $14.03 million to $5.40 million.

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