4 High Liquidity Small Cap Dividend Stocks That Analysts Rate As Buy

by: ZetaKap

Interested in following smaller companies? Interested in stocks paying dividend income? Company liquidity is an important consideration in any stock analysis. Liquidity gives a company the ability to make big acquisitions if it sees investment opportunities, a cushion for future lulls in demand, and most importantly, it keeps a company's doors open. Are these the types of stocks that you're looking for? Do you prefer stocks that analysts rate as 'Buy'? If so, here's a list you might be interested in.

The Current ratio is a liquidity ratio used to determine a company's financial health. The metric illustrates how easily a firm can pay back its short obligations all at once through current assets. A company that has a current ratio of one or less is generally a liquidity red flag. Now this doesn't mean the company will go bankrupt tomorrow, but it also doesn't bode well for the company, and may indicate that it could have an issue paying back upcoming obligations.

The Quick ratio measures a company's ability to use its cash or assets to extinguish its current liabilities immediately. Quick assets include assets that presumably can be converted to cash at close to their book values. A company with a Quick Ratio of less than 1 cannot currently pay back its current liabilities. The quick ratio is more conservative than the Current Ratio because it excludes inventory from current assets, since some companies have difficulty turning their inventory into cash. If short-term obligations need to be paid off immediately, sometimes the current ratio would overestimate a company's short-term financial strength. In general, the higher the ratio, the greater the company's liquidity (i.e., the better able to meet current obligations using liquid assets).

We first looked for small cap dividend stocks. We then looked for companies that have a substantial amount of cash on hand (Current Ratio>2)(Quick Ratio>2). We next screened for businesses that analysts rate as "Buy" (2 < mean recommendation < 3). We did not screen out any sectors.

Do you think these small-cap stocks have a strong outlook? Use our list to help with your own analysis.

1) Kaydon Corporation (NYSE:KDN)

Sector: Industrial Goods
Industry: Machine Tools & Accessories
Market Cap: $735.32M
Beta: 1.41

Kaydon Corporation has a Dividend Yield of 3.49% and Payout Ratio of 51.46% and Current Ratio of 4.40 and Quick Ratio of 2.40 and Analysts' Rating of 2.40. The short interest was 6.06% as of 05/16/2012. Kaydon Corporation engages in the design, manufacture, and sale of custom engineered, performance-critical products in the United States, Germany, and internationally. The company's Friction Control Products segment offers anti-friction bearings, split roller bearings, and specialty balls that are used in alternative energy, specialized robotics, medical, aerospace, defense, security, electronic, material handling, construction, and other industrial applications. Its Velocity Control Products segment provides industrial shock absorbers, safety shock absorbers, velocity controls, gas springs, and rotary dampers for use in specialized robotics, material handling, machine tool, medical, amusement, and other industrial applications.

2) Healthcare Services Group Inc. (NASDAQ:HCSG)

Sector: Services
Industry: Business Services
Market Cap: $1.36B
Beta: 0.61

Healthcare Services Group Inc. has a Dividend Yield of 3.20% and Payout Ratio of 109.51% and Current Ratio of 5.04 and Quick Ratio of 4.48 and Analysts' Rating of 1.80. The short interest was 7.28% as of 05/16/2012. Healthcare Services Group, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides housekeeping, laundry, linen, facility maintenance, and dietary services to nursing homes, retirement complexes, rehabilitation centers, and hospitals in the United States. It operates in two segments, Housekeeping and Dietary. The Housekeeping segment offers cleaning, disinfecting, and sanitizing of patient rooms and common areas of client's facility, as well as laundering and processing the personal clothing belonging to the facility's patients.

3) NTELOS Holdings Corp. (NASDAQ:NTLS)

Sector: Technology
Industry: Wireless Communications
Market Cap: $417.43M
Beta: 0.84

NTELOS Holdings Corp. has a Dividend Yield of 8.53% and Payout Ratio of 169.26% and Current Ratio of 2.20 and Quick Ratio of 2.07 and Analysts' Rating of 1.90. The short interest was 1.96% as of 05/16/2012. NTELOS Holdings Corp., through its subsidiaries, provides wireless communications services to consumers and businesses primarily in Virginia and West Virginia, as well as parts of Maryland, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Kentucky. It primarily offers wireless digital personal communications services, such as wireless voice and data products and services, and roaming/travel services under the NTELOS Wireless brand name. The company also provides wholesale network services to Sprint Nextel in the western Virginia and West Virginia area for various Sprint CDMA wireless customers.

4) Computer Programs & Systems Inc. (NASDAQ:CPSI)

Sector: Technology
Industry: Healthcare Information Services
Market Cap: $631.53M
Beta: 0.41

Computer Programs & Systems Inc. has a Dividend Yield of 3.22% and Payout Ratio of 69.49% and Current Ratio of 2.84 and Quick Ratio of 2.74 and Analysts' Rating of 1.80. The short interest was 5.75% as of 05/16/2012. Computer Programs and Systems, Inc., a healthcare information technology company, designs, develops, markets, installs, and supports computerized information technology systems to small and midsize hospitals in the United States. Its enterprise-wide system automates the management of clinical and financial data across the primary functional areas of a hospital. The company offers services that enable customers to outsource certain data-related business processes in the areas of clinical care, revenue cycle management, cost control, and regulatory compliance.

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

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