4 Low Debt Dividend Stocks With Strong Projected Growth

by: ZetaKap

Interested in stocks paying dividend income? Do you prefer stocks that are projected to grow over the next year? Do you look for companies with low debt? Do you prefer companies that can manage their long term debt? You might be interested in this list.

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 dividend stocks. We next screened for businesses with estimated high-growth, with 1-year projected EPS growth above 25%. Next, we then screened for businesses that operate with little to no debt (D/E Ratio<.3). We then looked for companies that have maintained a sound long term capital structure (Long Term D/E Ratio<.3). We did not screen out any market caps or sectors.

Do you think these stocks are undervalued? Use our screened list as a starting point for your own analysis.

1) Ennis Inc. (NYSE:EBF)

Sector: Consumer Goods
Industry: Office Supplies
Market Cap: $379.96M
Beta: 1.45

Ennis Inc. has a Dividend Yield of 4.82% and Payout Ratio of 52.97% and 1-Year Projected Earnings Per Share Growth Rate of 57.34% and Debt/Equity Ratio of 0.25 and Long Term Debt/Equity Ratio of 0.25. The short interest was 2.90% as of 05/20/2012. Ennis, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, engages in the print and manufacture of business forms and other business products. The company operates in two segments, Print and Apparel. The Print segment designs, manufactures, and sells business forms and other printed business products.

2) Intersil Corporation (NASDAQ:ISIL)

Sector: Technology
Industry: Semiconductor - Broad Line
Market Cap: $1.33B
Beta: 1.22

Intersil Corporation has a Dividend Yield of 4.60% and Payout Ratio of 121.80% and 1-Year Projected Earnings Per Share Growth Rate of 200.00% and Debt/Equity Ratio of 0.16 and Long Term Debt/Equity Ratio of 0.16. The short interest was 2.52% as of 05/20/2012. Intersil Corporation designs, develops, manufactures, and markets analog and mixed-signal integrated circuits for applications in the industrial, computing, consumer, and communications electronics markets. The company's industrial products include operational amplifiers, bridge drivers, isolated and non-isolated power management products, switches and multiplexers, video decoders, and other standard analog and power management products used in medical imaging, energy management, automotive, military, instrumentation, security surveillance, and factory automation markets. Its computing products comprise desktop, server, notebook, and network attached storage power management products, including core power devices and other power management products for peripheral devices, as well as lithium ion battery chargers.

3) Lincoln Educational Services Corporation (NASDAQ:LINC)

Sector: Services
Industry: Education & Training Services
Market Cap: $137.94M
Beta: 1.03

Lincoln Educational Services Corporation has a Dividend Yield of 4.63% and Payout Ratio of 349.65% and 1-Year Projected Earnings Per Share Growth Rate of 147.37% and Debt/Equity Ratio of 0.16 and Long Term Debt/Equity Ratio of 0.15. The short interest was 4.12% as of 05/20/2012. Lincoln Educational Services Corporation provides post-secondary education services in the United States. The company offers degree and diploma programs for recent high school graduates and working adults in the areas of studies, such as health science, automotive technology, skilled trades, business and information technology, and hospitality services. As of December 31, 2011, it had 19,204 enrolled students.

4) Lacrosse Footwear Inc. (NASDAQ:BOOT-OLD)

Sector: Consumer Goods
Industry: Textile - Apparel Footwear & Accessories
Market Cap: $81.77M
Beta: 0.71

Lacrosse Footwear Inc. has a Dividend Yield of 3.98% and Payout Ratio of 77.22% and 1-Year Projected Earnings Per Share Growth Rate of 35.48% and Debt/Equity Ratio of 0.14 and Long Term Debt/Equity Ratio of 0.00. The short interest was 0.34% as of 05/20/2012. LaCrosse Footwear, Inc. engages in the design, development, manufacture, and marketing of footwear for the work and outdoor markets. The company provides its work products to military services, law enforcement, transportation, mining, oil and gas exploration and extraction, construction, and other occupations consumers; and outdoor products to hunting, outdoor cross-training, hiking, and other outdoor recreational activities consumers, as well as urban lifestyle products to individuals. It offers its products under the DANNER, STUMPTOWN, and LACROSSE brand names.

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

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