3 Hold-Rated Dividend Stocks: TCAP, FSFR, MMLP

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."

Triangle Capital

Dividend Yield: 8.80%

Triangle Capital (NYSE: TCAP) shares currently have a dividend yield of 8.80%.

Triangle Capital Corporation is a business development company specializing in private equity and mezzanine investments. The company has a P/E ratio of 10.21.

The average volume for Triangle Capital has been 212,700 shares per day over the past 30 days. Triangle Capital has a market cap of $689.0 million and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are up 3.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Triangle Capital as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the stock has had a generally disappointing performance in the past year.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • TRIANGLE CAPITAL CORP has improved earnings per share by 48.0% 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 year. We feel that this trend should continue. This trend suggests that the performance of the business is improving. During the past fiscal year, TRIANGLE CAPITAL CORP increased its bottom line by earning $1.44 versus $1.04 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($1.75 versus $1.44).
  • 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 48.8% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from $8.35 million to $12.43 million.
  • 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 Capital Markets industry and the overall market on the basis of return on equity, TRIANGLE CAPITAL CORP has outperformed in comparison with the industry average, but has underperformed when compared to that of the S&P 500.
  • Regardless of the drop in revenue, the company managed to outperform against the industry average of 13.7%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues fell by 13.4%. The declining revenue has not hurt the company's bottom line, with increasing earnings per share.
  • TCAP has underperformed the S&P 500 Index, declining 9.82% from its price level of one year ago. Turning toward the future, the fact that the stock has come down in price over the past year should not necessarily be interpreted as a negative; it could be one of the factors that may help make the stock attractive down the road. Right now, however, we believe that it is too soon to buy.

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Fifth Street Senior Floating Rate

Dividend Yield: 10.60%

Fifth Street Senior Floating Rate (NASDAQ: FSFR) shares currently have a dividend yield of 10.60%.

Fifth Street Senior Floating Rate Corp. is a business development company specializing in providing financing solutions in the form of floating rate senior secured loans to mid-sized companies. The company has a P/E ratio of 8.46.

The average volume for Fifth Street Senior Floating Rate has been 72,100 shares per day over the past 30 days. Fifth Street Senior Floating Rate has a market cap of $249.3 million and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are down 1.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Fifth Street Senior Floating Rate as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust 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 greatly exceeded the industry average of 13.7%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 16.4%. 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.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly increased by 196.77% to $21.37 million when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, FIFTH STREET SR FLTG RATE CP has also vastly surpassed the industry average cash flow growth rate of 100.83%.
  • The gross profit margin for FIFTH STREET SR FLTG RATE CP is rather high; currently it is at 61.56%. Regardless of FSFR's high profit margin, it has managed to decrease from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, FSFR's net profit margin of -5.00% significantly underperformed when compared to 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 109.9% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $6.69 million to -$0.66 million.
  • Current return on equity is lower than its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a clear sign of weakness within the company. Compared to other companies in the Capital Markets industry and the overall market on the basis of return on equity, FIFTH STREET SR FLTG RATE CP underperformed against that of the industry average and is significantly less than that of the S&P 500.

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Martin Midstream Partners

Dividend Yield: 13.00%

Martin Midstream Partners (NASDAQ: MMLP) shares currently have a dividend yield of 13.00%.

Martin Midstream Partners L.P. collects, transports, stores, and markets petroleum products and by-products in the United States Gulf Coast region. The company has a P/E ratio of 40.92.

The average volume for Martin Midstream Partners has been 165,300 shares per day over the past 30 days. Martin Midstream Partners has a market cap of $885.0 million and is part of the energy industry. Shares are up 15.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Martin Midstream Partners as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its reasonable valuation levels, expanding profit margins and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including generally higher debt management risk, weak operating cash flow and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • 42.42% is the gross profit margin for MARTIN MIDSTREAM PARTNERS LP which we consider to be strong. It has increased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of 7.05% is above that of the industry average.
  • The company's current return on equity greatly increased when compared to its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a signal of significant strength within the corporation. When compared to other companies in the Oil, Gas & Consumable Fuels industry and the overall market, MARTIN MIDSTREAM PARTNERS LP's return on equity has significantly outperformed in comparison with the industry average, but has underperformed when compared to that of the S&P 500.
  • Net operating cash flow has declined marginally to $45.31 million or 3.07% when compared to the same quarter last year. Despite a decrease in cash flow MARTIN MIDSTREAM PARTNERS LP is still fairing well by exceeding its industry average cash flow growth rate of -49.98%.
  • The debt-to-equity ratio is very high at 2.32 and currently higher than the industry average, implying increased risk associated with the management of debt levels within the company. Along with the unfavorable debt-to-equity ratio, MMLP maintains a poor quick ratio of 0.80, which illustrates the inability to avoid short-term cash problems.

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