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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Gladstone Capital

Dividend Yield: 10.80%

Gladstone Capital (NASDAQ: GLAD) shares currently have a dividend yield of 10.80%.

Gladstone Capital Corporation is a business development company specializing in investments in debt and equity securities. The company has a P/E ratio of 14.72.

The average volume for Gladstone Capital has been 95,600 shares per day over the past 30 days. Gladstone Capital has a market cap of $182.4 million and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are up 7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Gladstone Capital as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, 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:
  • The revenue growth came in higher than the industry average of 23.7%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 2.5%. 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 significantly increased by 90.50% to -$2.60 million when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, GLADSTONE CAPITAL CORP has also vastly surpassed the industry average cash flow growth rate of -199.57%.
  • The gross profit margin for GLADSTONE CAPITAL CORP is currently very high, coming in at 72.46%. 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 -64.91% is in-line with the industry average.
  • 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 164.3% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $9.54 million to -$6.14 million.
  • Return on equity has greatly decreased when compared to its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a signal of major weakness within the corporation. Compared to other companies in the Capital Markets industry and the overall market, GLADSTONE CAPITAL CORP's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.

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Enviva Partners

Dividend Yield: 8.80%

Enviva Partners (NYSE: EVA) shares currently have a dividend yield of 8.80%.

Enviva Partners, LP produces and supplies utility-grade wood pellets to power generators. Enviva Partners GP, LLC operates as the general partner of the company. Enviva Partners, LP was founded in 2013 and is based in Bethesda, Maryland. The company has a P/E ratio of 29.33.

The average volume for Enviva Partners has been 107,500 shares per day over the past 30 days. Enviva Partners has a market cap of $573.6 million and is part of the materials & construction industry. Shares are up 27.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Enviva Partners as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company's profit margins have been poor overall.

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, our view is that this company's fundamentals will not have much impact in either direction, allowing the stock to generally move up or down based on the push and pull of the broad market.
  • ENVIVA PARTNERS LP reported significant earnings per share improvement in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($1.54 versus $0.97).
  • Despite the weak revenue results, EVA has outperformed against the industry average of 24.0%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly dropped by 7.7%. The declining revenue has not hurt the company's bottom line, with increasing earnings per share.
  • EVA's debt-to-equity ratio of 0.65 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. Regardless of the somewhat mixed results with the debt-to-equity ratio, the company's quick ratio of 0.97 is weak.
  • The gross profit margin for ENVIVA PARTNERS LP is rather low; currently it is at 19.83%. Regardless of EVA's low profit margin, it has managed to increase from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, EVA's net profit margin of 7.09% compares favorably to the industry average.

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