3 Hold-Rated Dividend Stocks: OXBR, GLAD, EVA

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."

Oxbridge Re Holdings

Dividend Yield: 9.70%

Oxbridge Re Holdings (NASDAQ: OXBR) shares currently have a dividend yield of 9.70%.

Oxbridge Re Holdings Limited provides reinsurance business solutions primarily to property and casualty insurers in the Gulf Coast region of the United States. It writes collateralized policies to cover property losses from specified catastrophes. The company has a P/E ratio of 7.81.

The average volume for Oxbridge Re Holdings has been 5,500 shares per day over the past 30 days. Oxbridge Re Holdings has a market cap of $29.9 million and is part of the insurance industry. Shares are down 12.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Oxbridge Re Holdings as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, 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:
  • OXBR has no debt to speak of therefore resulting in a debt-to-equity ratio of zero, which we consider to be a relatively favorable sign.
  • Net operating cash flow has increased to $2.63 million or 11.27% when compared to the same quarter last year. The firm also exceeded the industry average cash flow growth rate of -16.35%.
  • OXBRIDGE RE HOLDINGS LTD's earnings per share declined by 43.3% 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, OXBRIDGE RE HOLDINGS LTD increased its bottom line by earning $0.75 versus $0.67 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($0.98 versus $0.75).
  • The company's current return on equity has slightly decreased from the same quarter one year prior. This implies a minor weakness in the organization. Compared to other companies in the Insurance industry and the overall market on the basis of return on equity, OXBRIDGE RE HOLDINGS LTD has outperformed in comparison with the industry average, but has underperformed when compared to that of the S&P 500.
  • 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 Insurance industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 43.0% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $1.83 million to $1.04 million.

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