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When a technology company is at the small-cap level, investors want to see characteristics that will alleviate some of its riskier status. With this in mind, we narrowed our search of small-cap tech stocks to those that have relatively little long-term debt and have EPS growth rates above 25% for the next five years. Minimal debt is especially critical for companies that want to position themselves for substantial growth in the coming years. When a company has over leveraged its assets, it tends to redirect the focus from growth to repaying debt and raising additional funds. See the list of small-cap tech stocks below to learn more about their potential for growth.

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.

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.

EPS growth (earnings per share growth) illustrates the growth of earnings per share over time. The 5-Year Expected EPS Growth Rate is a long-term annual growth estimate, where the growth projections are made by analysts, the company or other credible sources.

We first looked for small-cap technology stocks. We then screened for businesses that operate with little to no long-term debt (Long Term D/E Ratio<.1). We next screened for businesses that operate with little to no debt (D/E Ratio<.1). We then looked for companies with estimated high-growth, with 5-year projected EPS growth above 25%.

Do you think these small-cap stocks have higher to rise? Please use our list to assist with your own analysis.

1) Bazaarvoice, Inc. (BV)

SectorTechnology
IndustryApplication Software
Market Cap$1.02B
Beta-

BV stock chart

Key Metrics

Long-Term Debt/Equity Ratio0.00
Debt/Equity Ratio0.00
5-Year Projected Earnings Per Share Growth Rate30.00%
Short Interest6.17%

Bazaarvoice, Inc. provides various social commerce solutions in the United States and internationally. The company offers its solutions through Bazaarvoice conversations platform, a software-as-a-service platform that enables clients to capture, display, and analyze online word of mouth, including consumer-generated ratings and reviews, questions and answers, stories, recommendations, photographs, videos, and other content about clients' brands, products or services.

It also provides Bazaarvoice connections solutions, such as BrandVoice, which enables brands to enter into distribution relationships allowing them to display review content on retail Websites within the network; and BrandAnswers that allows brands to interact directly with consumers on retail Websites within the network to answer questions and provide suggestions on alternative products. In addition, the company offers Bazaarvoice analytics solutions, including Intelligence solution that allows clients to derive market, consumer and product insights from the underlying data collected on their behalf through Bazaarvoice conversations platform; and Workbench Analytics solution, which allows clients to generate reports highlighting simple rating trends, text analysis, and product and service issue identification, as well as perform self-service administration.

Further, it provides Bazaarvoice media solution that creates connections between consumers by inserting their authentic opinions into advertising campaigns, and creating relevant and targeted ads. Bazaarvoice, Inc. serves clients in the retail, consumer products, travel and leisure, technology, telecommunications, financial services, healthcare, and automotive industries. The company sells its solutions through a direct sales team primarily in the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, France, Germany and Sweden. Bazaarvoice, Inc. was founded in 2005 and its headquarters is in Austin, Texas.

2) HomeAway, Inc. (AWAY)

SectorTechnology
IndustryInternet Information Providers
Market Cap$1.95B
Beta-

AWAY stock chart

Key Metrics

Long-Term Debt/Equity Ratio0.00
Debt/Equity Ratio0.00
5-Year Projected Earnings Per Share Growth Rate32.75%
Short Interest10.45%

HomeAway, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates an online marketplace for the vacation rental industry worldwide. Its vacation rental properties consist of homes, condominiums, villas, and cabins to the public on a nightly, weekly or monthly basis. The company's online vacation rental property marketplace enables property owners and managers to market properties available for rental to vacation travelers who rely on its Websites to search for and find available properties.

It publishes detailed property listings, including photographs, descriptions, location, pricing, availability and contact information. HomeAway also sells complementary products, such as travel guarantees and property management software and services. The company's portfolio of Websites include HomeAway.com, VRBO.com, and VacationRentals.com in the United States; HomeAway.co.uk and OwnersDirect.co.uk in the United Kingdom; HomeAway.de in Germany; Abritel.fr and Homelidays.com in France; HomeAway.es in Spain; AlugueTemporada.com.br in Brazil; and HomeAway.com.au in Australia.

It also operates BedandBreakfast.com, for finding bed and breakfast properties; and software.HomeAway.com, which offers software solutions to property managers and innkeepers. The company was formerly known as CEH Holdings, Inc. and changed its name to HomeAway, Inc. in 2006. HomeAway, Inc. was founded in 2004 and its headquarters is in Austin, Texas.

3) Qlik Technologies, Inc. (QLIK)

SectorTechnology
IndustryBusiness Software & Services
Market Cap$1.81B
Beta-

QLIK stock chart

Key Metrics

Long-Term Debt/Equity Ratio0.00
Debt/Equity Ratio0.00
5-Year Projected Earnings Per Share Growth Rate32.63%
Short Interest7.32%

Qlik Technologies Inc. engages in the development, commercialization, and implementation of software products and related services for user-driven business intelligence that enables customers to make business decisions primarily in the Americas, Europe, the Asia-Pacific region and Africa. It provides QlikView Business Discovery platform, which helps people create and share insights and analysis in groups and across organizations. Business users can explore data, ask and answer their own stream of questions, and follow their own path to insight on their own and in teams and groups.

The company also offers maintenance and professional services. It sells its products to a range of industry verticals, including consumer packaged goods, financial services, pharmaceuticals, retail, manufacturing, technology, and healthcare through its direct sales force, as well as through indirect channel partners comprising distribution partners, value-added resellers, system integrators, and original equipment manufacturers to license and support its software platform. The company was founded in 1993 and its headquarters is in Radnor, Pennsylvania.

4) Jive Software, Inc. (JIVE)

SectorTechnology
IndustryApplication Software
Market Cap$939.81M
Beta-

JIVE stock chart

Key Metrics

Long-Term Debt/Equity Ratio0.07
Debt/Equity Ratio0.09
5-Year Projected Earnings Per Share Growth Rate30.00%
Short Interest14.42%

Jive Software, Inc. provides a social business software platform to businesses, government agencies, and other enterprises. Its Jive Engage Platform enables collaboration across two principal communities and employees within the enterprise, and customers and partners outside the enterprise. The company's Jive Engage Platform is used as a communications tool and collaborative workspace that supports and enhances knowledge sharing, facilitates communication within and across organizational boundaries, and enables individuals to work together to achieve common business goals.

Its platform allows customers and partners of the enterprise to connect socially with one another, as well as with the enterprise, in a structured online community that enables users to ask questions, post answers, and communicate about a product or particular issue. The company's solution also taps into the social Web by integrating relevant content and connections across the social networking landscape, enabling enterprises to enhance their interactions with customers, leverage feedback to deliver improved products and services, and respond quickly to market opportunities. In addition, it provides Jive What Matters, a user interface to track, consume, manage, and filter critical business information, communications, and actions; Jive Apps Market, a secure market of business applications that are integrated to and accessed from within the Jive Engage Platform; and professional, support and training services.

The company sells its products and solutions through direct sales organization, resellers, outsourcing vendors, and system integrators. It serves customers in various industries, including consulting services, education, financial services, healthcare, life sciences, manufacturing, retail, telecommunications, and technology in the United States, South America, and Europe. Jive Software, Inc. was founded in 2001 and its headquarters is in Palo Alto, California.

5) Move, Inc. (MOVE)

SectorTechnology
IndustryInternet Information Providers
Market Cap$305.91M
Beta1.46

MOVE stock chart

Key Metrics

Long-Term Debt/Equity Ratio0.00
Debt/Equity Ratio0.00
5-Year Projected Earnings Per Share Growth Rate26.00%
Short Interest2.94%

Move, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates an online network of Websites for real estate search, finance, and moving and home services in North America. The company operates REALTOR.com, a Web site that offers property listings and neighborhood profiles; and consumers information and tools designed to assist the customers in understanding the value of their home, preparing the home for sale, listing and advertising the home, home affordability, the offer process, applying for a loan, understand the mortgage options available, closing the purchase, and planning the move.

REALTOR.com provides showcase listing enhancements; display ad products; and a series of template Websites primarily for agents and brokers. The company also offers 8i solution, a Web-based customer relationship management software application for real estate agents. In addition, it provides Market Snapshot and Market Builder products that allow real estate professionals to offer real-time multiple listing services market updates and trend analysis to their online prospects and clients; and Move Rentals that displays rental listings. Further, the company provides graphical display advertisements, text links, sponsorships, and directories for advertisers for mortgage companies, home improvement retailers, moving service providers, and other consumer product and service companies.

Additionally, it offers quotes from moving companies, truck rental companies, and self-storage facilities, as well as other move-related information on the Moving.com Website. Move, Inc. also operates as an online real estate listing syndicator and provider of performance reporting solutions for the purpose of helping to drive an online advertising program for brokers, real estate franchises, and individual agents. The company was formerly known as Homestore, Inc. and changed its name to Move, Inc. in June 2006. Move, Inc. was founded in 1993 and its headquarters is in Campbell, California.

6) Youku Inc. (YOKU)

SectorTechnology
IndustryInternet Information Providers
Market Cap$1.96B
Beta-

YOKU stock chart

Key Metrics

Long-Term Debt/Equity Ratio0.00
Debt/Equity Ratio0.00
5-Year Projected Earnings Per Share Growth Rate38.33%
Short Interest9.27%

Youku Tudou Inc. operates as an Internet television company in the People's Republic of China. Its Internet television platform enables consumers to search, view, and share video content across various devices. The company's services for users comprise an online video content library consisting primarily of professionally produced content, including television serial dramas, movies, current event reports, variety shows, and music videos. It also provides guided user-generated content through Youku Paike and Youku Niuren programs; and produces a range of content, such as sponsored Web serial dramas, reality shows, interviews, and variety shows under Youku Originals brand.

The company's other services for users include online video search and discovery; online community services; and wireless video, iPhone channels and iPad, and P2P downloadable software client services. In addition, it offers online advertising services to various advertising companies operating in fast-moving consumer goods, information technology services, automobile manufacturing, electronics, telecommunications, financial services, e-commerce, and online game industries. The company's products and services for advertisers and customers comprise online advertising services, such as in-video, display, sponsorship, and other forms of advertisements; targeting solutions; viral video advertisements; product placements; and sub-licensing content services, as well as subscription-based services that enable users to watch advertisement-free premium content, which includes high-definition movies.

Youku Inc. sells its products and services at youku.com; and advertising services through third-party advertising agencies. The company was formerly known as Youku Inc. and changed its name to Youku Tudou Inc. in August 2012. Youku Tudou Inc. was founded in 2005 and its headquarters is in Beijing, the People's Republic of China.

7) CEVA Inc. (CEVA)

SectorTechnology
IndustrySemiconductor - Specialized
Market Cap$364.15M
Beta1.07

CEVA stock chart

Key Metrics

Long-Term Debt/Equity Ratio0.00
Debt/Equity Ratio0.00
5-Year Projected Earnings Per Share Growth Rate30.50%
Short Interest9.10%

CEVA, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, engages in licensing silicon intellectual property (SIP) for the handsets, mobile broadband, portable, and consumer electronics markets primarily in the United States, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia Pacific. It designs and licenses DSP cores in the form of a hardware description language definition; a portfolio of application-specific platforms, including wireless baseband, audio, imaging and vision, voice over Internet protocols (VoIP), Bluetooth, and serial storage technology and serial attached SCSI; and development platforms, software development kits, and software debug tools that facilitate system design, debug, and software development.

The company's intellectual property is used by semiconductor and original equipment manufacturer companies for application-specific integrated circuits and application-specific standard products. It serves various markets, including feature phones, smartphones, machine to machine for various cellular standards, home entertainment, portable game consoles, and serial storage and telecommunication devices. CEVA, Inc. markets its technology through a direct sales force. The company was formerly known as ParthusCeva, Inc. and changed its name to CEVA, Inc. in December 2003. CEVA, Inc. was founded in 1999 and its headquarters is in Mountain View, California.

Company profiles were sourced from Google Finance and Yahoo Finance. Financial data was sourced from Finviz on 09/04/2012.

Source: 7 Low-Debt Small-Cap Tech Stocks On Track For Growth