6 High-Yield, Low-Debt, Small-Cap Dividend Stocks Rated Buy Or Better

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Includes: ANH, CLNY, EFC, ELRC, MSB, MTGE
by: ZetaKap

Interested in following smaller companies? Do you like stocks with high dividend yields? Do you prefer stocks that analysts rate as "Buy", or better? In search of companies that can manage their debt well? Are you after companies that have manageable long-term debt? If so, here's a list you might be interested in.

The Debt/Equity Ratio illustrates how aggressively a company 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 company's potentially enhanced earnings fail to exceed the cost associated with debt financing over time, this can lead the company toward substantial trouble.

The Long Term Debt/Equity Ratio is a variation of the traditional debt-to-equity ratio; this value computes the proportion of a company's long-term debt compared with its available capital. By using this ratio, investors can identify the amount of leverage utilized by a specific company and compare it with others to help analyze the company's risk exposure. Generally, companies that finance a greater portion of their capital via debt are considered riskier than those with lower leverage ratios.

We first looked for small-cap stocks that have a high dividend yield (Div. Yield > 5%). Next, we then screened for businesses that analysts rate as "Buy" or "Strong Buy" (mean recommendation < 3). Next, we then screened for businesses that operate with little to no debt (D/E Ratio<.3). We then screened for businesses that operate with little to no long-term debt (Long Term D/E Ratio<.1). We did not screen out any sectors.

Do you think these small-cap stocks deserve to grow higher? Use our list along with your own analysis.

Ellington Financial LLC (NYSE:EFC)

Sector: Financial
Industry: Mortgage Investment
Market Cap: $352.52M
Beta: -
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Ellington Financial LLC has a Dividend Yield of 13.07%; a Payout Ratio of 84.28%; an Analysts' Rating of 2.00; a Debt/Equity Ratio of 0.00; and Long Term Debt/Equity Ratio of 0.00. The short interest was 0.09% as of 05/15/2012. Ellington Financial LLC is based in United States.

American Capital Mortgage Investment (NASDAQ:MTGE)

Sector: Financial
Industry: REIT - Diversified
Market Cap: $512.39M
Beta: -
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This company has a Dividend Yield of 15.46%. The Payout Ratio was not available. MTGE has an Analysts' Rating of 1.80; Debt/Equity Ratio of 0.00; and Long Term Debt/Equity Ratio of 0.00. The short interest was 3.01% as of 05/15/2012.

Electro Rent Corp. (NASDAQ:ELRC)

Sector: Services
Industry: Rental & Leasing Services
Market Cap: $360.57M
Beta: 1.02
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Electro Rent Corp. has a Dividend Yield of 5.32%; Payout Ratio of 70.50%; Analysts' Rating of 1.00; Debt/Equity Ratio of 0.00; and Long Term Debt/Equity Ratio of 0.00. The short interest was 2.46% as of 05/15/2012. Electro Rent Corporation engages in the rental, lease, and sale of new and used electronic test and measurement equipment. Its equipment portfolio consists of general purpose test and measurement instruments; personal computers, workstations, and servers; and electrical test equipment and inspection equipment. The company rents or leases its equipment primarily to companies operating in the aerospace, defense, telecommunications, electronics, and semiconductor industries. Electro Rent Corporation serves its customers through sales offices, and calibration and service centers in the United States, Canada, China, and Europe.

Mesabi Trust (NYSE:MSB)

Sector: Financial
Industry: Diversified Investments
Market Cap: $338.50M
Beta: 1.76
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Mesabi Trust has a Dividend Yield of 9.86% and Payout Ratio of 99.87%; Analysts' Rating of 2.00; Debt/Equity Ratio of 0.00; and Long Term Debt/Equity Ratio of 0.00. The short interest was 4.51% as of 05/15/2012. Mesabi Trust operates as grantor trust in the United States. It produces iron ore pellets. The company holds interests in various properties, including its interest as an assignor in the amended assignments of Peters Lease and Cloquet Lease, which together cover approximately 9,750 acres in St.

Anworth Mortgage Asset Corporation (NYSE:ANH)

Sector: Financial
Industry: REIT - Diversified
Market Cap: $924.66M
Beta: 0.20
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Anworth Mortgage Asset Corporation has a Dividend Yield of 12.46%; Payout Ratio of 104.15%; Analysts' Rating of 2.30; Debt/Equity Ratio of 0.04; and Long Term Debt/Equity Ratio of 0.04. The short interest was 3.74% as of 05/15/2012. Anworth Mortgage Asset Corporation is a publicly owned real estate investment trust. The firm invests in the fixed income and real estate markets of the United States. It primarily invests in United States agency mortgage-backed securities issued or guaranteed by United States government sponsored entities including mortgage pass-through certificates, collateralized mortgage obligations, and other real estate securities, on a leveraged basis.

Colony Financial, Inc. (NYSE:CLNY)

Sector: Financial
Industry: REIT - Diversified
Market Cap: $563.20M
Beta: -
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Colony Financial, Inc. has a Dividend Yield of 8.00%; Payout Ratio of 92.79%; Analysts' Rating of 1.50; Debt/Equity Ratio of 0.02; and Long Term Debt/Equity Ratio of 0.02. The short interest was 4.30% as of 05/15/2012. Colony Financial, Inc. operates as a real estate finance and investment company that focuses primarily on acquiring, originating, and managing commercial mortgage loans, and other commercial real estate-related debt investments. The company has elected to be taxed as a real estate investment trust for federal income tax purposes. It generally would not be subject to federal corporate income taxes if it distributes at least 90% of its taxable income to its stockholders.

*Company profiles were sourced from Finviz. Financial data was sourced from Yahoo Finance.

Disclosure: I have no positions in any stocks mentioned, and no plans to initiate any positions within the next 72 hours.