What To Hold: 3 Hold-Rated Dividend Stocks FSIC, TGH, SDLP

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."

FS Investment

Dividend Yield: 9.90%

FS Investment (NYSE: FSIC) shares currently have a dividend yield of 9.90%.

FS Investment Corporation is a business development company specializing in investments in debt securities. It seeks to purchase interests in loans through secondary market transactions or directly from the target companies as primary market investments. The company has a P/E ratio of 8.82.

The average volume for FS Investment has been 747,000 shares per day over the past 30 days. FS Investment has a market cap of $2.2 billion and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are down 0.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly increased by 425.07% to $121.87 million when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, FS INVESTMENT CORP has also vastly surpassed the industry average cash flow growth rate of -198.08%.
  • The gross profit margin for FS INVESTMENT CORP is rather high; currently it is at 66.79%. 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 -11.73% is in-line with the industry average.
  • Despite the weak revenue results, FSIC has outperformed against the industry average of 24.5%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly dropped by 5.1%. Weakness in the company's revenue seems to have hurt the bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.
  • 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 117.2% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $70.43 million to -$12.10 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 Capital Markets industry and the overall market, FS INVESTMENT CORP's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.

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