We've all heard the phrase that "cash is king," and nothing could be truer after the near credit collapse we endured in recent years. Companies these days covet cash as both an investment vehicle to feed future expansion and as a buffer against uncertain economic times. It therefore pays to keep a close eye on companies that prudently manage their balance sheets as they have better financial flexibility in either situation.
Below I've outlined two companies that could have a step up on their competitors because of their healthy cash reserves. Please keep in mind, though, that sizable cash reserves don't guarantee investment success but do serve as a starting point for future research.
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Motley Fool CAPS darling Neutral Tandem
Neutral Tandem's appeal relates to the growing market of wireless users and an increasing amount of transmitted data. On the other side of this phenomenal track record of growth is an always-increasing field of competitors headed by Level 3 Communications
Kyocera has a net cash position of just under $25 per share, which is providing the financial backing to build solar cell manufacturing facilities around the world. This flexibility allows Kyocera to expand organically through its solar investments and also gives it the opportunity to expand via acquisition if it sees fit.
Solar isn't the only reason Kyocera appears attractive. Its mobile phone division has created quite a buzz as investors anticipate the impact of its dual-screen smartphone, the Echo, which could appeal to consumers not content with rival Apple's
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