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Investors will likely clamor for shares of Groupon this week as they seek fresh blood in the growth stock space. Still, in our view there are less risky options available to the investor who is willing to look around. We think the companies listed here look like sound alternatives worth reviewing fo those seeking growth, given their top line numbers and low debt/equity profile.

The 1-Year Fiscal Revenue Growth Rate represents a firm’s growth over an extended period of time. This is one of many great metrics to use when trying to identify which firms are navigating the global economic landscape and to see which firms generating positive, negative, or neutral growth trends.

The Debt/Equity Ratio illustrates how aggressively a firm is financing its growth via debt. The more debt financing that is used in a capital structure the more volatile earnings can become due to the additional interest expense. Should a firm’s potentially “enhanced” earnings fall to exceed the cost associated with debt financing over time this can lead the firm toward bankruptcy.

We first looked for dividend stocks that have illustrated sound growth (1-year fiscal revenue growth > 20%). From this narrowed pool of names, we looked for companies with low to moderate debt/equity profiles (D/E < 0.5). We did not screen out any sectors or market caps.

The list is ranked from highest to lowest by the 1-year fiscal revenue growth rate.

1. Spreadtrum Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ:SPRD)

Sector

Technology

Industry

Semiconductors

Market Cap

$1,315M

Beta

1.25

The company operates as a fabless semiconductor company that designs, develops, and markets baseband processor and RF transceiver solutions for wireless communications and mobile television markets. SPRD has a dividend yield of 0.29% and a 1-year fiscal revenue growth rate of 229.63%. SPRD has a Debt/Equity level of 0.02. The short interest was N/A as of 10/14/2011.

2. ASML Holding NV (NASDAQ:ASML)

Sector

Technology

Industry

Semiconductor Equipment & Materials

Market Cap

$17,532M

Beta

1.35

The company engages in the design, manufacture, marketing, and servicing of semiconductor processing equipment used in the fabrication of integrated circuits. ASML has a dividend yield of 1.22% and a 1-year fiscal revenue growth rate of 182.44%. ASML has a Debt/Equity level of 0.22. The short interest was 1.50% as of 10/14/2011.

3. KKR Financial Corporation. (KFN)

Sector

Financial Svs

Industry

Asset Management

Market Cap

$1,414M

Beta

3.01

The company operates as a specialty finance company with expertise in a range of asset classes. It primarily invests in financial assets, such as below investment grade corporate debt and more. KFN has a dividend yield of 7.93% and a 1-year fiscal revenue growth rate of 162.92%. KFN has a Debt/Equity level of 0.38. The short interest was 4.20% as of 10/14/2011.

4. Agnico-Eagle Mines. (NYSE:AEM)

Sector

Basic Materials

Industry

Gold

Market Cap

$7,346M

Beta

-0.13

The company engages in the exploration, development, and production of mineral properties in Canada, Finland, and Mexico. AEM has a dividend yield of 1.12% and a 1-year fiscal revenue growth rate of 131.77%. The company has a Debt/Equity level of 0.17. The short interest was 1.80% as of 10/14/2011.

5. Leucadia National Corporation. (NYSE:LUK)

Sector

Industrials

Industry

Conglomerates

Market Cap

$6,105M

Beta

1.93

The company operates land-based contract oil and gas drilling, gaming entertainment, real estate, medical product development, and winery operations in the United States and internationally. LUK has a dividend yield of 1.00% and a 1-year fiscal revenue growth rate of 129.48%. The company has a Debt/Equity level of 0.22. The short interest was 2.30% as of 10/14/2011.

6. Stanley Black & Decker Inc. (NYSE:SWK)

Sector

Industrials

Industry

Tools & Accessories

Market Cap

$10,428M

Beta

1.44

The company provides hand tools, mechanical access solutions, and electronic security solutions. SWK has a dividend yield of 2.53% and a 1-year fiscal revenue growth rate of 125.03%. The company has a Debt/Equity level of 0.36. The short interest was 2.70% as of 10/14/2011.

7. Eldorado Gold Corp. (NYSE:EGO)

Sector

Basic Materials

Industry

Gold

Market Cap

$10,446M

Beta

-0.12

The company engages in the discovery, exploration, development, production, and reclamation of gold properties in Brazil, the People's Republic of China, Greece, and Turkey. EGO has a dividend yield of 0.59% and a 1-year fiscal revenue growth rate of 119.33%. The company has a Debt/Equity level of 0.01. The short interest was N/A as of 10/14/2011.

8. ASM International NV. (NASDAQ:ASMI)

Sector

Technology

Industry

Semiconductor Equipment & Materials

Market Cap

$1,493M

Beta

2.29

The company designs, manufactures, and sells production systems and services for the production of semiconductor devices, or integrated circuits in Europe, North America, and Asia. The company has a dividend yield of 1.77% and a 1-year fiscal revenue growth rate of 107.01%. ASMI has a Debt/Equity level of 0.22. The short interest was 0.20% as of 10/14/2011.

9. Vale S.A. (NYSE:VALE)

Sector

Basic Materials

Industry

Industrial Metals & Minerals

Market Cap

$128,422M

Beta

1.47

The company engages in the exploration, production, and sale of basic metals in Brazil. The company has a dividend yield of 2.33% and a 1-year fiscal revenue growth rate of 94.30%. VALE has a Debt/Equity level of 0.35. The short interest was N/A as of 10/14/2011.

10. Applied Materials, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMAT)

Sector

Technology

Industry

Semiconductor Equipment & Materials

Market Cap

$15,705M

Beta

1.40

The company provides manufacturing equipment, services, and software to the semiconductor, flat panel display, solar photovoltaic (PV), and related industries worldwide. AMAT has a dividend yield of 2.52% and a 1-year fiscal revenue growth rate of 90.46%. The company has a Debt/Equity level of 0.23. The short interest was 1.80% as of 10/14/2011.

Company profiles sourced from Finviz.

We hope this list helps as investors do their own due diligence and research on dividend stocks.

Source: 10 Dividend Stocks With Impressive Top Line Growth And Little Debt