In business and life, to achieve a goal like launch a company or obtain a college degree, taking on debt serves a very meaningful purpose. But when the debt is greater than current and future potential earnings, it can limit choices and ratchet down the possibilities. Keeping this in mind, we searched for stocks that are not overly leveraged and have strong cash reserves. The idea is that these two traits strengthen a company in its pursuit of growth. We limited our scope to the industrial sector and developed a short list of stocks for your review.
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 the company is to meet current obligations using liquid assets).
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 industrial stocks. Next, we screened for businesses that have strong liquidity (Current Ratio>2)(Quick Ratio>2). We then screened for businesses that have maintained a sound long-term capital structure (Long-Term D/E Ratio<0.1). We did not screen out any market caps.
Do you think these stocks will go up in valuation? Please use our list to assist with your own analysis.
1) RBC Bearings Inc. (NASDAQ:ROLL)
|Industry||Machine Tools & Accessories|
|Long Term Debt/Equity Ratio||0.00|
RBC Bearings Incorporated manufactures and markets engineered precision plain, roller, and ball bearings primarily in North America, Europe, and Latin America. It operates in four segments: Plain Bearings, Roller Bearings, Ball Bearings, and Others. The Plain Bearings segment produces plain bearings with self-lubricating or metal-to-metal designs, including rod end bearings, spherical plain bearings, and journal bearings that are primarily used to rectify misalignments in various mechanical components, such as aircraft controls, helicopter rotors, or in heavy mining and construction equipment. The Roller Bearings segment provides tapered roller bearings, needle roller bearings, and needle bearing track rollers and cam followers, which are anti-friction products that utilize cylindrical rolling elements. The Ball Bearings segment specializes in high precision aerospace, airframe control, thin section, and industrial ball bearings that utilize high precision ball elements to reduce friction in high speed applications. The Other segment consists of precision mechanical components, which are used in various general industrial applications; and machine tool collets that are used for holding circular or rod-like pieces in a lathe or other machine. It serves construction and mining, oil and natural resource extraction, heavy truck, rail, packaging, and semiconductor machinery; and aerospace and defense markets. The company offers its products through direct sales force, and a network of industrial and aerospace distributors. RBC Bearings Incorporated is headquartered in Oxford, Connecticut.
2) MKS Instruments Inc. (NASDAQ:MKSI)
|Long Term Debt/Equity Ratio||0.00|
MKS Instruments, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides instruments, subsystems, and process control solutions that measure, control, power, monitor, and analyze parameters of manufacturing processes worldwide. It offers instruments and control systems, such as pressure measurement and control, materials delivery, gas composition analysis, and control and information technology products. The company also provides power and reactive gas generation products comprising power delivery, reactive gas generation, processing thin films, and equipment cleaning products; and vacuum technology products, including vacuum containment components, vacuum gauges, vacuum valves, effluent management subsystems and custom stainless steel chambers, vessels, and pharmaceutical process equipment hardware and housings. Its products are used in the semiconductor processing steps, such as depositing thin films of material onto silicon wafer substrates, and etching and cleaning circuit patterns; manufacture of flat panel displays, light emitting diodes, solar cells, data storage media, and other coatings, including architectural glass; energy generation and environmental monitoring processes, such as nuclear fuel processing, fuel cell research, greenhouse gas monitoring, and chemical agent detection; medical instrument sterilization; consumable medical supply manufacturing; and pharmaceutical applications. The company also offers maintenance and repair, software maintenance, installation, and training services. It serves semiconductor capital equipment and device manufacturers, thin film capital equipment manufacturers, energy generation, environmental monitoring, and manufacturing companies, as well as government, university and industrial research laboratories. The company sells its products primarily through its direct sales force, as well as through sales representatives and agents. MKS Instruments, Inc. was founded in 1961 and is headquartered in Andover, Massachusetts.
3) eMagin Corp. (NYSEMKT:EMAN)
|Industry||Industrial Electrical Equipment|
|Long Term Debt/Equity Ratio||0.00|
eMagin Corporation manufactures microdisplays using organic light emitting diode (NASDAQ:OLED) technology. It designs, develops, manufactures, and markets OLED on silicon microdisplays; virtual imaging products, which utilize OLED microdisplays; and related products. The company's products include super video graphics array (SVGA) + OLED microdisplays; super extended graphics array OLED-XL; widescreen ultra extended graphics array (WUXGA) OLED-XL; video graphics array (VGA) OLED-XL; WF05 prism optic with mounting brackets or combined with OLED microdisplays to form an optic-display module; and design reference kits, which include a microdisplay and associated electronics to help original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) evaluate microdisplay products, and to assist in building and testing new products incorporating its microdisplays. The company also provides near-eye virtual imaging modules that incorporate its OLED-on-silicon microdisplays with its lenses and electronic interfaces for integration into OEM products; and Z800 3DVisors, which enable portable computing in personal entertainment, electronic gaming, and military training and simulation applications. In addition, eMagin Corporation performs research in the OLED field. It serves OEMs in the military, industrial, medical, and consumer market sectors. The company sells its products directly in North America, Asia, and Europe; and through distributors in China and Korea. eMagin Corporation was founded in 1993 and is headquartered in Bellevue, Washington.
*Company profiles were sourced from Google Finance and Yahoo Finance. Financial data was sourced from Finviz on 08/23/2012.
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