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 "Buy."

Solar Senior Capital

Dividend Yield: 9.00%

Solar Senior Capital (NASDAQ: SUNS) shares currently have a dividend yield of 9.00%.

Solar Senior Capital Ltd. is a business development company specializing in investments in leveraged, middle-market companies in the United States. The fund invests in the form of senior secured loans, including first lien, unitranche, and second lien debt instruments. The company has a P/E ratio of 15.43.

The average volume for Solar Senior Capital has been 23,000 shares per day over the past 30 days. Solar Senior Capital has a market cap of $180.5 million and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are up 5.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Solar Senior Capital as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, expanding profit margins, increase in net income and growth in earnings per share. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • The revenue growth came in higher than the industry average of 24.4%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 3.4%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share.
  • The gross profit margin for SOLAR SENIOR CAPITAL LTD is currently very high, coming in at 77.43%. It has increased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of 132.52% significantly outperformed against the industry average.
  • 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 105.9% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from $4.09 million to $8.41 million.
  • SOLAR SENIOR CAPITAL LTD reported significant earnings per share improvement in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. This company has reported somewhat volatile earnings recently. But, we feel it is poised for EPS growth in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, SOLAR SENIOR CAPITAL LTD reported lower earnings of $0.08 versus $1.02 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($1.41 versus $0.08).
  • After a year of stock price fluctuations, the net result is that SUNS's price has not changed very much. Although its weak earnings growth may have played a role in this flat result, don't lose sight of the fact that the performance of the overall market, as measured by the S&P 500 Index, was essentially similar. Despite the stock's decline during the last year, it is still somewhat more expensive (in proportion to its earnings over the last year) than most other stocks in its industry. We feel, however, that other strengths this company displays offset this slight negative.

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Manhattan Bridge Capital

Dividend Yield: 7.80%

Manhattan Bridge Capital (NASDAQ: LOAN) shares currently have a dividend yield of 7.80%.

Manhattan Bridge Capital, Inc., a real estate finance company, originates, services, and manages a portfolio of first mortgage loans in the United States. The company has a P/E ratio of 14.45.

The average volume for Manhattan Bridge Capital has been 25,700 shares per day over the past 30 days. Manhattan Bridge Capital has a market cap of $33.4 million and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are up 3.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Manhattan Bridge Capital as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, compelling growth in net income and notable return on equity. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • The revenue growth came in higher than the industry average of 7.7%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 21.2%. This growth in revenue appears to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, improving the earnings per share.
  • The stock has not only risen over the past year, it has done so at a faster pace than the S&P 500, reflecting the earnings growth and other positive factors similar to those we have cited here. Turning our attention to the future direction of the stock, it goes without saying that even the best stocks can fall in an overall down market. However, in any other environment, this stock still has good upside potential despite the fact that it has already risen in the past year.
  • MANHATTAN BRIDGE CAPITAL INC has improved earnings per share by 25.0% 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 two years. We feel that this trend should continue. During the past fiscal year, MANHATTAN BRIDGE CAPITAL INC increased its bottom line by earning $0.33 versus $0.29 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($0.40 versus $0.33).
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Diversified Financial Services industry. The net income increased by 46.0% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from $0.48 million to $0.70 million.
  • The return on equity has improved slightly when compared to the same quarter one year prior. This can be construed as a modest strength in the organization. Compared to other companies in the Diversified Financial Services industry and the overall market, MANHATTAN BRIDGE CAPITAL INC's return on equity exceeds that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.

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Grupo Aeroportuario del Centro Norte SAB de

Dividend Yield: 17.50%

Grupo Aeroportuario del Centro Norte SAB de (NASDAQ: OMAB) shares currently have a dividend yield of 17.50%.

Grupo Aeroportuario del Centro Norte, S.A.B. de C.V., through its subsidiaries, develops, operates, and maintains airports in Mexico. It also operates NH T2 Hotel in Terminal 2 of the Mexico City International Airport. The company has a P/E ratio of 31.93.

The average volume for Grupo Aeroportuario del Centro Norte SAB de has been 42,600 shares per day over the past 30 days. Grupo Aeroportuario del Centro Norte SAB de has a market cap of $2.3 billion and is part of the transportation industry. Shares are up 19% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Grupo Aeroportuario del Centro Norte SAB de as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, notable return on equity, expanding profit margins and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • Looking at where the stock is today compared to one year ago, we find that it is not only higher, but it has also clearly outperformed the rise in the S&P 500 over the same period. Although other factors naturally played a role, the company's strong earnings growth was key. Looking ahead, unless broad bear market conditions prevail, we still see more upside potential for this stock, despite the fact that it has already risen over the past year.
  • GRUPO AEROPORTUARIO DEL CENT has improved earnings per share by 29.4% 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. During the past fiscal year, GRUPO AEROPORTUARIO DEL CENT increased its bottom line by earning $1.46 versus $1.40 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($1.85 versus $1.46).
  • The return on equity has improved slightly when compared to the same quarter one year prior. This can be construed as a modest strength in the organization. In comparison to the other companies in the Transportation Infrastructure industry and the overall market, GRUPO AEROPORTUARIO DEL CENT's return on equity significantly exceeds that of the industry average and is above that of the S&P 500.
  • The gross profit margin for GRUPO AEROPORTUARIO DEL CENT is currently very high, coming in at 72.73%. It has increased significantly from the same period last year. Along with this, the net profit margin of 33.03% significantly outperformed against the industry average.
  • OMAB's debt-to-equity ratio of 0.75 is somewhat low overall, but it is high when compared to the industry average, implying that the management of the debt levels should be evaluated further. Even though the debt-to-equity ratio shows mixed results, the company's quick ratio of 3.57 is very high and demonstrates very strong liquidity.

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