With the iShares Silver Trust (NYSEARCA:SLV) down nearly 4.65% over the last few trading sessions, due in large part to the interest rate cuts enacted by the ECB, I wanted to take a closer look at several silver companies and see if I could find a few positive catalysts. After developing a screen, I found three silver companies that actually carry very minimal total debt-to-total cash ratios. That ratio is simply formulated by taking the company's debt and dividing by the total cash. I consider any ratio under "1" very healthy, under "2" satisfactory, under "3" cautionary, and anything over "3" a warning sign.

Symbol |
Price |
Mkt Cap |
Total Debt |
Total Cash |
Ratio |

14.25 |
1.51B |
16.01M |
0.167 |
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14.54 |
2.25B |
104.97M |
0.176 |
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26.01 |
9.23B |
71.48 |
0.072 |

**First Majestic Silver Corp** ((NYSE:AG)), which trades in a 52-week range of $12.12/share (52-week low) and $25.56/share (52-week high), has a market cap of $1.51 billion, was given a rating of a "1," based on the statistical calculations of my formula. AG currently has $96.01 million in total cash on its books (it should be noted that the company currently has $131.63 million in operating cash flow, and -$23.85 million in free cash flow) and only has $16.01 million in total debt. That equates to a total debt to total cash ratio of 0.167, which in my opinion, is a very positive catalyst moving forward. Recently trading at a 15.06% discount to its 200-day moving average, AG recently completed its acquisition of Silvermex Resources.

**Pan American Silver Company** (NASDAQ:PAAS), which trades in a 52-week range of $14.80/share (52-week low) and $34.49/share (52-week high), has a market cap of $2.25 billion, was given a rating of a "1," based on the statistical calculations of my formula. PAAS currently has $594.21 million in total cash on its books (it should be noted that the company currently has $337.39 million in operating cash flow, and $79.14 million in free cash flow) and only has $104.97 million in total debt. That equates to a total debt to total cash ratio of 0.176, which in my opinion, is a very positive catalyst moving forward. Recently trading at a 29.2% discount to its 200-day moving average, PAAS recently completed the sale of its Quiruvilca Mine for $2 million dollars.

**Silver Wheaton Corp** (NYSE:SLW), which trades in a 52-week range of $22.94/share (52-week low) and $42.50/share (52-week high), has a market cap of $9.21 billion, was given a rating of a "1," based on the statistical calculations of my formula. SLW currently has $997.49 million in total cash on its books (it should be noted that the company currently has $663.04 million in operating cash flow, and $335.37 million in free cash flow) and only has $71.48 million in total debt. That equates to a total debt to total cash ratio of 0.072, which in my opinion, is a very positive catalyst moving forward. Recently trading at a 15.9% discount to its 200-day moving average, SLW is expected to release second quarter results on August 9th.

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