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In what is shaping up to be a pretty volatile summer in Europe, I wanted to turn my focus toward several international companies that are carrying very minimal debt and happen to be paying very nice dividends. After developing a screen, I found two high-yielding companies that actually carry very minimal total debt-to-total cash ratios. That ratio is simply formulated by taking the company's total 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

Yield

TEO

11.25

2.21 B

31.05 M

692.39 M

0.044

7.60%

UMC

2.07

5.25 B

1.26 B

1.78 B

0.708

4.05%

       

Telecom Argentina S.A. , which trades in a 52-week range of $10.00/share (52-week low) and $26.32/share (52-week high), has a market cap of $2.21 billion, was given a rating of a "1," based on the statistical calculations of my formula.

TEO, which yields 7.6% ($0.88), currently has $692.39 million in total cash on its books (it should be noted that the company currently has $1.06 billion in operating cash flow, and $449.93 million in free cash flow) and only has $31.05 million in total debt. That equates to a total debt to total cash ratio of 0.044, which in my opinion, is a very positive catalyst moving forward. Trading at a 31.1% discount to its 200-day moving average, TEO was recently downgraded to a Hold from a Buy at The Street.com.

United Microelectronics Corp. , which trades in a 52-week range of $1.77/share (52-week low) and $2.77/share (52-week high), has a market cap of $5.23 billion, was given a rating of a "1," based on the statistical calculations of my formula.

UMC, which yields 4.05% ($0.08), currently has $1.78 billion in total cash on its books (it should be noted that the company currently has $1.31 billion in operating cash flow, and -$492.39 million in free cash flow) and only has $1.26 billion in total debt. That equates to a total debt to total cash ratio of 0.708, which in my opinion, is a very positive catalyst moving forward. Trading at a 13.7% discount to its 200-day moving average, UMC recently announced a year over year increase in June sales.

Source: 2 High Yielding ADRs With Minimal Debt To Consider At Current Levels