Three Under-the-Radar Small Caps with Huge Potential

Although the broad market continues to be driven by macro uncertainties, small-cap stocks have already been off to a good start thus far in 2023. The small-cap Russell 2000 Index has beaten the broader market this year, with a gain of 7.31%, outperforming the S&P 500’s 4.24% gain and the Dow, which is currently down nearly 1% YTD. 

Stocks with small market capitalizations are generally less correlated to the performance of larger companies and can provide an additional layer of diversification for investors. Considering the implosion in some mega-cap tech names, now is a perfect time to consider adding to your small-cap position.

Even if you missed out on early 2023’s run-up in small-cap stocks,  you’ve far from missed the boat when it comes to undervalued, under-the-radar opportunities in this space. In this list, we’ll cover three promising small-caps with ample room to run in 2023 and beyond.  


I-80 Gold (IAUX)

The junior miner is moving into the production stage just as gold prices are soaring. I-80’s latest mining discoveries may enable it to, within a few years, increase its annual gold production to between 250,000 and 400,000 ounces.   Considering the gold miner’s strong long-term growth potential,  the stock appears undervalued. At current prices, shares trade for less than 3.5 times earnings. 

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Sachem Capital (SACH)

This mortgage REIT focuses on making short-term, so-called “hard money” loans backed by good collateral. For this reason, it could prove to be much more resilient than other mortgage REITs this year. Currently trading at a 30% discount to book, the small-cap seems to have plenty of runway ahead in 2023. Aside from its potential for solid capital gains, SACH investors enjoy a hearty 13.6% dividend yield backed by a sustainable payout rate.  

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The oil exploration and production company is among the most undervalued small-cap names. Trading at just 3.9 times forward earnings, it’s cheap even for an energy stock. Even if crude oil prices fail to return to their 2022 highs, cost savings from its merger with TransGlobe Energy could result in earnings growth.  

Aside from its ample upside potential, EGY offers investors steady returns with a sizeable payout. On Feb. 14, management announced that it is raising Vaalco’s quarterly dividend by 92%, from 3.25 cents per share to 6.25 cents per share. This increase gives EGY a forward yield of 5.23%.

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