This small-cap media company has the backing of the Russian government due in part to its owner Yury Kovalchuk’s longtime friendship with President Vladimir Putin. CTC Media (CTCM) also happens to operate three of the most popular television networks in Russia. Plus, it will take on a joint ecommerce project with Russia’s largest online retailer to launch a very in-demand line of women’s clothing in April 2014.
Thomson Reuters Stock Reports says CTC Media has one of the strongest balance sheets in its industry with net margins of more than 15% and a 12% return on equity. CTC Media is the perfect blend of growth and income: The company is forecast to grow 34% a year for the next five years, its stock rose 67% in 2013, and it delivers a 5.1% yield.