Are YPB Group Limited’s (ASX:YPB) Interest Costs Too High?

While small-cap stocks, such as YPB Group Limited (ASX:YPB) with its market cap of AU$15.76m, are popular for their explosive growth, investors should also be aware of their balance sheet to judge whether the company can survive a downturn. Given that YPB is not presently profitable, it’s vital to assess the current state of its operations and pathway to profitability. I believe these basic checks tell most of the story you need to know. Though, given that I have not delve into the company-specifics, I’d encourage you to dig deeper yourself into YPB here.

How much cash does YPB generate through its operations?

YPB’s debt levels have fallen from AU$3.02m to AU$2.84m over the last 12 months , which comprises of short- and long-term debt. With this reduction in debt, YPB currently has AU$845.00k remaining in cash and short-term investments for investing into the business. Moving onto cash from operations, its small level of operating cash flow means calculating cash-to-debt wouldn’t be too useful, though these low levels of cash means that operational efficiency is worth a look. For this article’s sake, I won’t be looking at this today, but you can take a look at some of YPB’s operating efficiency ratios such as ROA here.

Can YPB pay its short-term liabilities?

At the current liabilities level of AU$9.86m liabilities, it seems that the business has not maintained a sufficient level of current assets to meet its obligations, with the current ratio last standing at 0.17x, which is below the prudent industry ratio of 3x.

ASX:YPB Historical Debt June 27th 18
ASX:YPB Historical Debt June 27th 18

Can YPB service its debt comfortably?

YPB is a highly-leveraged company with debt exceeding equity by over 100%. This is not uncommon for a small-cap company given that debt tends to be lower-cost and at times, more accessible. However, since YPB is presently unprofitable, there’s a question of sustainability of its current operations. Running high debt, while not yet making money, can be risky in unexpected downturns as liquidity may dry up, making it hard to operate.

Next Steps:

YPB’s high debt level indicates room for improvement. Furthermore, its cash flow coverage of less than a quarter of debt means that operating efficiency could also be an issue. In addition to this, its low liquidity raises concerns over whether current asset management practices are properly implemented for the small-cap. I admit this is a fairly basic analysis for YPB’s financial health. Other important fundamentals need to be considered alongside. I suggest you continue to research YPB Group to get a more holistic view of the stock by looking at:

  1. Valuation: What is YPB worth today? Is the stock undervalued, even when its growth outlook is factored into its intrinsic value? The intrinsic value infographic in our free research report helps visualize whether YPB is currently mispriced by the market.
  2. Historical Performance: What has YPB’s returns been like over the past? Go into more detail in the past track record analysis and take a look at the free visual representations of our analysis for more clarity.
  3. Other High-Performing Stocks: Are there other stocks that provide better prospects with proven track records? Explore our free list of these great stocks here.