3 Buy-Rated Dividend Stocks Leading The Pack: GPT, RHP, PDM

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."

Gramercy Property

Dividend Yield: 4.90%

Gramercy Property (NYSE: GPT) shares currently have a dividend yield of 4.90%.

Gramercy Property Trust, Inc. is an equity real estate investment trust. The firm invests in the real estate markets of the United States. It makes investments in industrial and office properties to create its portfolio. The firm was formerly known as Gramercy Capital Corp.

The average volume for Gramercy Property has been 2,394,300 shares per day over the past 30 days. Gramercy Property has a market cap of $3.8 billion and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are up 15.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Gramercy Property as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • GPT's very impressive revenue growth greatly exceeded the industry average of 11.9%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues leaped by 145.7%. 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.
  • Net operating cash flow has increased to $21.75 million or 17.92% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, GRAMERCY PROPERTY TRUST has also modestly surpassed the industry average cash flow growth rate of 11.58%.
  • 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, despite the company's weak earnings results. 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.
  • GRAMERCY PROPERTY 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 suffered a declining pattern of earnings per share over the past year. However, we anticipate this trend reversing over the coming year. During the past fiscal year, GRAMERCY PROPERTY TRUST swung to a loss, reporting -$0.25 versus $0.64 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($0.10 versus -$0.25).
  • 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 23425.0% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $0.00 million to -$0.93 million.

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Ryman Hospitality Properties

Dividend Yield: 5.90%

Ryman Hospitality Properties (NYSE: RHP) shares currently have a dividend yield of 5.90%.

Ryman Hospitality Properties, Inc. owns and operates hotels in the United States. The company has a P/E ratio of 19.87.

The average volume for Ryman Hospitality Properties has been 229,500 shares per day over the past 30 days. Ryman Hospitality Properties has a market cap of $2.6 billion and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are down 1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Ryman Hospitality Properties as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its compelling growth in net income, revenue growth, notable return on equity, good cash flow from operations and impressive record of earnings per share growth. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) industry. The net income increased by 481.3% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from $4.53 million to $26.35 million.
  • Despite its growing revenue, the company underperformed as compared with the industry average of 11.9%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 3.1%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share.
  • 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 Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) industry and the overall market, RYMAN HOSPITALITY PPTYS INC's return on equity significantly exceeds that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly increased by 1275.85% to $53.27 million when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, RYMAN HOSPITALITY PPTYS INC has also vastly surpassed the industry average cash flow growth rate of 11.54%.
  • RYMAN HOSPITALITY PPTYS INC reported significant earnings per share improvement in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. Stable earnings per share over the past year indicate the company has sound management over its earnings and share float. We anticipate these figures will begin to experience more growth in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, RYMAN HOSPITALITY PPTYS INC's EPS of $2.16 remained unchanged from the prior years' EPS of $2.16. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($2.82 versus $2.16).

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Piedmont Office Realty

Dividend Yield: 4.10%

Piedmont Office Realty (NYSE: PDM) shares currently have a dividend yield of 4.10%.

Piedmont Office Realty Trust, Inc. engages in the acquisition and ownership of commercial real estate properties in the United States. Its property portfolio primarily consists of office and industrial buildings, warehouses, and manufacturing facilities. The company has a P/E ratio of 18.75.

The average volume for Piedmont Office Realty has been 637,400 shares per day over the past 30 days. Piedmont Office Realty has a market cap of $3.0 billion and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are up 9.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Piedmont Office Realty as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its reasonable valuation levels, good cash flow from operations, solid stock price performance and notable return on equity. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • Net operating cash flow has increased to $49.71 million or 13.93% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, PIEDMONT OFFICE REALTY TRUST has also modestly surpassed the industry average cash flow growth rate of 11.58%.
  • 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, despite the company's weak earnings results. 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.
  • PDM, with its decline in revenue, underperformed when compared the industry average of 11.9%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly dropped by 7.5%. The declining revenue appears to have seeped down to the company's bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.
  • Current return on equity exceeded its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a clear sign of strength within the company. When compared to other companies in the Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) industry and the overall market, PIEDMONT OFFICE REALTY TRUST's return on equity is below that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.

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