Top 3 Yielding Buy-Rated Stocks: TCPC, SLRC, TLP

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."

TCP Capital

Dividend Yield: 9.80%

TCP Capital (NASDAQ: TCPC) shares currently have a dividend yield of 9.80%.

TCP Capital Corp. is a business development company specializing in direct equity and debt investments in middle-market, senior secured loans, junior loans, originated loans, mezzanine, senior debt instruments, bonds, and secondary-market investments. It seeks to invest in the United States. The company has a P/E ratio of 12.17.

The average volume for TCP Capital has been 126,400 shares per day over the past 30 days. TCP Capital has a market cap of $716.3 million and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are up 5.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates TCP Capital as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations and notable return on equity. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself.

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 5.4%. 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 TCP CAPITAL CORP is currently very high, coming in at 81.51%. It has increased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of 33.16% significantly outperformed against the industry average.
  • Net operating cash flow has slightly increased to -$34.60 million or 7.76% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, TCP CAPITAL CORP has also vastly surpassed the industry average cash flow growth rate of -200.02%.
  • TCP CAPITAL CORP's earnings per share declined by 36.8% 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, TCP CAPITAL CORP increased its bottom line by earning $1.21 versus $0.96 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($1.54 versus $1.21).
  • 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. When compared to other companies in the Capital Markets industry and the overall market, TCP CAPITAL CORP's return on equity is below that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.

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