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  • 6 Fast Growing Small Cap Stocks With Little Long Term Debt

    We all know people who are bold. They tend to talk and laugh a little louder than everyone else. They don't seem to shy away from situations that may bring them into the spotlight. Some people find this brazen behavior compelling and exciting while it may make other people feel uncomfortable. In the investing world, stocks that have very high projected EPS growth rates are similar to those bold individuals. When a company is predicted for rapid expansion, they know a lot more eyes will be on them to see what they achieve. For our list today we have a list of small cap stocks with projected EPS growth rates that start at 340%. Further, they have minimal long term debt which speaks to the overall health of their capital infrastructure. We think you will enjoy reviewing this list of small cap stocks that have set their sights high.

    EPS growth (earnings per share growth) illustrates the growth of earnings per share over time. The 1-Year Expected EPS Growth Rate is an annual growth estimate, where the growth projections are made by analysts, the company or other credible sources.

    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 to its available capital. By using this ratio, investors can identify the amount of leverage utilized by a specific company and compare it to 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.

    We first looked for small cap stocks. We then looked for businesses with projected high growth, measured by 1-year projected EPS growth above 25%. We next screened for businesses that have maintained a sound long term capital structure (Long Term D/E Ratio<.1). From here, we then looked for companies that operate with little to no debt (D/E Ratio<.1). We did not screen out any sectors.

    Do you think these small-cap stocks will trade at a higher valuation? Please use our list to assist with your own analysis.

    1) Infoblox Inc. (NYSE:BLOX)

    SectorServices
    IndustryBusiness Services
    Market Cap$821.21M
    Beta-

    BLOX stock chart

    Key Metrics

    1-Year Projected Earnings Per Share Growth Rate383.33%
    Long Term Debt/Equity Ratio0.00
    Debt/Equity Ratio0.00
    Short Interest2.60%

    Infoblox Inc. develops, markets, and sells automated network control solutions worldwide. Its appliance-based solution combines real-time IP address management with the automation of network control, and network change and configuration management processes in physical and virtual appliances. The company was founded in 1999 and is headquartered in Santa Clara, California.

    2) Millennial Media Inc. (NYSE:MM)

    SectorServices
    IndustryMarketing Services
    Market Cap$1.12B
    Beta-

    MM stock chart

    Key Metrics

    1-Year Projected Earnings Per Share Growth Rate340.00%
    Long Term Debt/Equity Ratio0.00
    Debt/Equity Ratio0.00
    Short Interest8.55%

    Millennial Media, Inc. provides mobile advertising solutions worldwide. It operates MYDAS, a mobile advertising technology platform for developers and advertisers. The company provides tools and services to developers that allow their apps to display banner ads, interactive rich media ads, and video ads through its platform. The company was founded in 2006 and is headquartered in Baltimore, Maryland.

    3) TriQuint Semiconductor, Inc. (NASDAQ:TQNT)

    SectorTechnology
    IndustrySemiconductor - Integrated Circuits
    Market Cap$797.41M
    Beta1.97

    TQNT stock chart

    Key Metrics

    1-Year Projected Earnings Per Share Growth Rate2700.00%
    Long Term Debt/Equity Ratio0.00
    Debt/Equity Ratio0.00
    Short Interest10.17%

    TriQuint Semiconductor, Inc. provides radio frequency solutions and technology for communications, defense, and aerospace companies worldwide. The company designs, develops, and manufactures RF solutions with gallium arsenide, gallium nitride, bipolar high electron mobility transistor, surface acoustic wave, temperature compensated surface acoustic wave, bulk acoustic wave, copper flip, and wafer level packaging technologies. TriQuint Semiconductor, Inc. was founded in 1981 and is headquartered in Hillsboro, Oregon.

    4) Sanchez Energy Corporation (NYSE:SN)

    SectorBasic Materials
    IndustryIndependent Oil & Gas
    Market Cap$651.91M
    Beta-

    SN stock chart

    Key Metrics

    1-Year Projected Earnings Per Share Growth Rate370.00%
    Long Term Debt/Equity Ratio0.00
    Debt/Equity Ratio0.00
    Short Interest11.44%

    Sanchez Energy Corporation, an independent exploration and production company, focuses on the acquisition, exploration, and development of unconventional oil and natural gas resources. As of December 31, 2011, it had approximately 91,000 net leasehold acres in the oil and condensate, or black oil and volatile oil, windows of the Eagle Ford Shale in Gonzales, Zavala, Frio, Fayette, Lavaca, Atascosa, Webb, and DeWitt Counties of South Texas; approximately 1,200 net acres in the Haynesville Shale in Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana; and approximately 82,000 net acres in Lewis and Clark, Meagher, and Cascade counties of Montana. The company was founded in 2011 and is headquartered in Houston, Texas.

    5) NuStar GP Holdings, LLC (NYSE:NSH)

    SectorBasic Materials
    IndustryOil & Gas Pipelines
    Market Cap$1.28B
    Beta0.53

    NSH stock chart

    Key Metrics

    1-Year Projected Earnings Per Share Growth Rate500.00%
    Long Term Debt/Equity Ratio0.00
    Debt/Equity Ratio0.03
    Short Interest0.59%

    NuStar GP Holdings, LLC owns general partner and limited partner interests in NuStar Energy L.P. that engages in the terminalling and storage of petroleum products, transportation of petroleum products and anhydrous ammonia, and petroleum refining and marketing. It holds a 2% general partner interest, 14.3% limited partner interest, and 100% of the incentive distribution rights in NuStar Energy L.P. The company, through NuStar Energy L.P., has terminal facilities in the United States, Canada, Mexico, the Netherlands, including St. Eustatius in the Caribbean, the United Kingdom, and Turkey. The company was founded in 2000 and is headquartered in San Antonio, Texas.

    6) SPS Commerce, Inc. (NASDAQ:SPSC)

    SectorServices
    IndustryBusiness Services
    Market Cap$546.01M
    Beta-

    SPSC stock chart

    Key Metrics

    1-Year Projected Earnings Per Share Growth Rate600.00%
    Long Term Debt/Equity Ratio0.00
    Debt/Equity Ratio0.00
    Short Interest3.66%

    SPS Commerce, Inc. provides on-demand supply chain management solutions worldwide. It offers integration, collaboration, connectivity, visibility, and data analytics over the Internet using a software-as-a-service model. SPS Commerce, Inc. provides its solutions through SPSCommerce.net, a hosted software suite that enables suppliers, retailers, distributors, and other customers to manage and fulfill orders. The company was formerly known as St. Paul Software, Inc. and changed its name to SPS Commerce, Inc. in May 2001. SPS Commerce, Inc. was incorporated in 1987 and is headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

    *Company profiles were sourced from Google Finance and Yahoo Finance. Financial data was sourced from Finviz on 10/22/2012.

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

    Business relationship disclosure: This article was prepared for ZetaKap Media by one of our full-time analysts. We did not receive compensation for this article (other than from Seeking Alpha), and we have no business relationship with any company whose stock is mentioned in this article.

    Oct 23 4:32 PM | Link | Comment!
  • 5 Low-Debt Small Cap Stocks With Growth On The Horizon

    For investors who prioritize growth opportunities above all else, we have pulled together a list of small cap stocks that have exceptionally high projected EPS growth rates for the coming year. To even out the risk that tends to accompany investing in small cap stocks, we reviewed the debt ratios for each of these companies. They all have minimal debt, which provides assurance that they can focus on growth instead of paying off creditors. Additionally, they have not compromised their capital infrastructure by over borrowing. Take a look at the list of small cap stocks below to see if any grab your attention and lead you to take a deeper look.

    EPS growth (earnings per share growth) illustrates the growth of earnings per share over time. The 1-Year Expected EPS Growth Rate is an annual growth estimate, where the growth projections are made by analysts, the company or other credible sources.

    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 to its available capital. By using this ratio, investors can identify the amount of leverage utilized by a specific company and compare it to 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. From here, we then looked for companies that are considered high-growth, with 1-year projected EPS growth above 25%. From here, we then looked for companies that operate with little to no debt (D/E Ratio<.1). We next 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 screened list as a starting point for your own analysis.

    1) Imperva Inc. (NYSE:IMPV)

    SectorTechnology
    IndustryApplication Software
    Market Cap$884.35M
    Beta-

    IMPV stock chart

    Key Metrics

    1-Year Projected Earnings Per Share Growth Rate358.30%
    Debt/Equity Ratio0.00
    Long Term Debt/Equity Ratio0.00
    Short Interest9.79%

    Imperva, Inc. engages in the development, marketing, sales, service, and support of data security solutions that provide visibility and control over high value business data across critical systems within the data center. It offers SecureSphere Data Security Suite, a solution designed to prioritize and mitigate risks to high-value business data, protect against hackers and malicious insiders, and address and streamline regulatory compliance. e-attack prevention that deliver on-demand Web application security. Imperva, Inc. provides its products and services to a range of customers, including banks, retailers, insurers, technology and telecommunication companies, and hospitals, as well as national, state, and local government agencies worldwide. The company was formerly known as WebCohort Inc. and changed its name to Imperva, Inc. in February 2004. Imperva, Inc. was founded in 2002 and is headquartered in Redwood Shores, California.

    2) International Rectifier Corporation (NYSE:IRF)

    SectorTechnology
    IndustrySemiconductor - Integrated Circuits
    Market Cap$1.17B
    Beta1.58

    IRF stock chart

    Key Metrics

    1-Year Projected Earnings Per Share Growth Rate348.70%
    Debt/Equity Ratio0.00
    Long Term Debt/Equity Ratio0.00
    Short Interest6.17%

    International Rectifier Corporation designs, manufactures, and markets power management semiconductors for distributors, original equipment manufacturers, and contract manufacturers in the Americas, Europe, and Asia. International Rectifier Corporation was founded in 1947 and is headquartered in El Segundo, California.

    3) SPS Commerce, Inc. (NASDAQ:SPSC)

    SectorServices
    IndustryBusiness Services
    Market Cap$521.42M
    Beta-

    SPSC stock chart

    Key Metrics

    1-Year Projected Earnings Per Share Growth Rate600.00%
    Debt/Equity Ratio0.00
    Long Term Debt/Equity Ratio0.00
    Short Interest3.78%

    SPS Commerce, Inc. provides on-demand supply chain management solutions worldwide. It offers integration, collaboration, connectivity, visibility, and data analytics over the Internet using a software-as-a-service model. The company was formerly known as St. Paul Software, Inc. and changed its name to SPS Commerce, Inc. in May 2001. SPS Commerce, Inc. was incorporated in 1987 and is headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

    4) Millennial Media Inc. (NYSE:MM)

    SectorServices
    IndustryMarketing Services
    Market Cap$1.09B
    Beta-

    MM stock chart

    Key Metrics

    1-Year Projected Earnings Per Share Growth Rate340.00%
    Debt/Equity Ratio0.00
    Long Term Debt/Equity Ratio0.00
    Short Interest5.92%

    Millennial Media, Inc. provides mobile advertising solutions worldwide. It operates MYDAS, a mobile advertising technology platform for developers and advertisers. The company provides tools and services to developers that allow their apps to display banner ads, interactive rich media ads, and video ads through its platform. It also enables advertisers to gain insights into the performance of their ad campaigns and to manage their campaigns. The company was founded in 2006 and is headquartered in Baltimore, Maryland.

    5) Infoblox Inc. (NYSE:BLOX)

    SectorServices
    IndustryBusiness Services
    Market Cap$1.07B
    Beta-

    BLOX stock chart

    Key Metrics

    1-Year Projected Earnings Per Share Growth Rate383.33%
    Debt/Equity Ratio0.00
    Long Term Debt/Equity Ratio0.00
    Short Interest1.32%

    Infoblox Inc. develops, markets, and sells automated network control solutions worldwide. Its appliance-based solution combines real-time IP address management with the automation of network control, and network change and configuration management processes in physical and virtual appliances. Infoblox Inc. sells its solution through channel partners, including distributors, integrators, managed service providers, and value-added resellers, as well as through a field sales force. The company was founded in 1999 and is headquartered in Santa Clara, California.

    *Company profiles were sourced from Google Finance and Yahoo Finance. Financial data was sourced from Finviz on 09/27/2012.

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

    Business relationship disclosure: This article was prepared for ZetaKap Media by one of our full-time analysts. We did not receive compensation for this article (other than from Seeking Alpha), and we have no business relationship with any company whose stock is mentioned in this article.

    Sep 28 9:26 AM | Link | Comment!
  • 5 Cash-Loaded Mid Cap Stocks Projected For Growth

    By the time a company reaches the mid cap size, you would think that a company has figured out how to have it all: sound profits, minimal debt, sizeable cash reserves, and always on target with their growth projections. But as we know, business does not always go as planned and it is difficult to have all of those traits going simultaneously. Today we found mid cap stocks in which companies have two characteristics that bode well for future growth: a high level of liquidity and impressive growth projections for the coming year. When a company is headed for significant growth in a relatively short amount of time, it is critical that they have access to cash reserves in case of cash flow issues or unforeseen expenses. The data below serves as a starting point for further research on these mid cap stocks.

    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).

    EPS growth (earnings per share growth) illustrates the growth of earnings per share over time. The 1-Year Expected EPS Growth Rate is an annual growth estimate, where the growth projections are made by analysts, the company or other credible sources.

    We first looked for mid cap stocks. We then looked for businesses that have strong liquidity (Current Ratio>2)(Quick Ratio>2). We then screened for businesses that are considered high-growth, with 1-year projected EPS growth above 25%. We did not screen out any sectors.

    Do you think these mid-cap stocks are at too low of valuations, given their fundamentals? Use our list along with your own analysis.

    1) BioMarin Pharmaceutical Inc. (NASDAQ:BMRN)

    SectorHealthcare
    IndustryBiotechnology
    Market Cap$4.97B
    Beta1.14

    BMRN stock chart

    Key Metrics

    Current Ratio5.68
    Quick Ratio4.68
    1-Year Projected Earnings Per Share Growth Rate42.50%
    Short Interest9.12%

    BioMarin Pharmaceutical Inc. develops and commercializes biopharmaceuticals for serious diseases and medical conditions in the United States, Europe, Latin America, and rest of the world. It has a collaboration agreement with Genzyme Corporation for the manufacture of Aldurazyme; and an agreement with Merck Serono S.A. for the further development and commercialization of Kuvan and other products containing 6R-BH4 and PEG-PAL for PKU. BioMarin Pharmaceutical Inc. was founded in 1996 and is headquartered in Novato, California.

    2) Forest Laboratories Inc. (NYSE:FRX)

    SectorHealthcare
    IndustryDrug Manufacturers - Other
    Market Cap$9.59B
    Beta0.65

    FRX stock chart

    Key Metrics

    Current Ratio4.20
    Quick Ratio3.86
    1-Year Projected Earnings Per Share Growth Rate131.34%
    Short Interest2.20%

    Forest Laboratories, Inc. develops, manufactures, and sells branded forms of ethical drug products primarily in the United States and Europe. The company was founded in 1956 and is headquartered in New York, New York.

    3) Cheniere Energy Partners LP. (NYSEMKT:CQP)

    SectorBasic Materials
    IndustryOil & Gas Pipelines
    Market Cap$3.78B
    Beta0.66

    CQP stock chart

    Key Metrics

    Current Ratio2.43
    Quick Ratio2.41
    1-Year Projected Earnings Per Share Growth Rate30.40%
    Short Interest1.79%

    Cheniere Energy Partners, L.P., through its subsidiary, Sabine Pass LNG, L.P., owns and operates the Sabine Pass liquefied natural gas terminal located in western Cameron Parish, Louisiana on the Sabine Pass Channel. The company founded in 2003 and is based in Houston, Texas. Cheniere Energy Partners, L.P. is subsidiary of Cheniere Energy, Inc.

    4) Resolute Forest Products Inc. (NYSE:RFP)

    SectorConsumer Goods
    IndustryPaper & Paper Products
    Market Cap$2.09B
    Beta-

    RFP stock chart

    Key Metrics

    Current Ratio2.76
    Quick Ratio2.04
    1-Year Projected Earnings Per Share Growth Rate38.57%
    Short Interest7.96%

    Resolute Forest Products Inc. manufactures and sells newsprint, commercial printing papers, market pulp, and wood products in the United States. It produces newsprint; coated mechanical papers for use in magazines, catalogs, books, retail advertising, direct mail, and coupons; and specialty papers, including supercalendered, superbright, high bright, bulky book, and directory papers for use in books, retail advertising, direct mail, coupons, and other commercial printing applications. The company was formerly known as AbitibiBowater Inc. and changed its name to Resolute Forest Products Inc. in May 2012. Resolute Forest Products Inc. is headquartered in Montreal, Canada.

    5) Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE:H)

    SectorServices
    IndustryLodging
    Market Cap$6.60B
    Beta-

    H stock chart

    Key Metrics

    Current Ratio2.36
    Quick Ratio2.22
    1-Year Projected Earnings Per Share Growth Rate52.54%
    Short Interest4.58%

    Hyatt Hotels Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, engages in the management, franchising, ownership, and development of Hyatt-branded hotels, resorts, and residential and vacation ownership properties worldwide. As of June 30, 2012, its portfolio consisted of 492 properties in 45 countries worldwide. The company operates its hotels under the Hyatt, Park Hyatt, Andaz, Grand Hyatt, Hyatt Regency, Hyatt Place, Hyatt House, Hyatt Residences, and Hyatt Vacation Club brands. It serves corporations; national, state, and regional associations; specialty market accounts, including social, government, military, educational, religious, and fraternal; travel organizations; and a group of individual consumers. The company was formerly known as Global Hyatt Corporation and changed its name to Hyatt Hotels Corporation in June 2009. Hyatt Hotels Corporation was founded in 1957 and is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois.

    *Company profiles were sourced from Google Finance and Yahoo Finance. Financial data was sourced from Finviz on 09/26/2012.

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

    Business relationship disclosure: This article was prepared for ZetaKap Media by one of our full-time analysts. We did not receive compensation for this article (other than from Seeking Alpha), and we have no business relationship with any company whose stock is mentioned in this article.

    Sep 27 12:29 PM | Link | Comment!
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