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Mid-cap companies are often under appreciated and misunderstood. Still, mid-cap companies are reminiscent of golfing in that they’re often finding they’re “sweet spot” as they exit the small-cap world but have yet to enter the large-cap league. The debt ratio on the other hand illustrates how much assets are being financed by debt. This illustrates the level of debt and leverage being used by the firm.

We ran a screen for what we consider real mid-cap companies ($2B<X<$8B). Then, we ran a debt ratio screen (X<.4) to find companies that maintained a low-to-manageable debt ratio.

1. Autodesk Inc. (NASDAQ:ADSK)

Sector

Information technology

Industry

Technical & System Software

Market Cap

$7.1

Beta

2.1

Analyst Sentiment

11/22 – List Hold/Neutral (Neutral)


The company provides design software and services to a variety of different industries. The debt ratio for the firm was 0. ADSK has lost 18.42% in the last month.

Short Interest Note:

The short interest for the firm is 1.4% as of 07/15/2011.

2. LSI Corp. (NASDAQ:LSI)

Sector

Information technology

Industry

Semiconductor - Specialized

Market Cap

$4.1B

Beta

1.5

Analyst Sentiment

7/15 - List Hold/Neutral (Neutral)

The company designs and sells complex storage and networking semiconductor systems. The debt ratio for the firm was 0. LSI has lost 15.58% in the last month.

Short Interest Note:

The short interest for the firm is 1.2% as of 07/15/2011.

3. Compuware corp. (NASDAQ:CPWR)

Sector

Information technology

Industry

Application Software

Market Cap

$1.9B

Beta

1.3

Analyst Sentiment

6/7 - List Buy/Outperform(Bullish)

The company provides productivity tools for IT firms. The debt ratio for the firm was 0. CPWR has lost 16.12% in the last month.

Short Interest Note:

The short interest for the firm is 1.5% as of 07/15/2011.

4. Electronic Arts (ERTS)

Sector

Information technology

Industry

Multimedia & Graphics Software

Market Cap

$6.6B

Beta

1.3

Analyst Sentiment

14/ 27- List Buy/Outperform (Bullish)

The company develops and distributes game software and content for a variety devices. The debt ratio for the firm was 0. ERTS has lost 17.3% in the last month.

Short Interest Note:

The short interest for the firm is 5.5% as of 07/15/2011.

5. F5 Networks Inc. (NASDAQ:FFIV)

Sector

Information technology

Industry

Application Software

Market Cap

$6.7

Beta

1.3

Analyst Sentiment

22/38 – List Buy/Outperform (Bullish)

The company sells technology that optimizes network-based applications. The debt ratio for the firm was 0. FFIV has lost 19.5% in the last month.

Short Interest Note:

The short interest for the firm is 3.6% as of 07/15/2011.

We hope this helps investors as they do their own due diligence on mid-cap companies that have maintained a manageable debt ratio in an extremely unpredictable economic environment.

Source: 5 Mid Caps With Manageable Debt Ratios