YPB Group Limited (ASX:YPB): Time For A Financial Health Check

Investors are always looking for growth in small-cap stocks like YPB Group Limited (ASX:YPB), with a market cap of AU$11m. However, an important fact which most ignore is: how financially healthy is the business? Since YPB is loss-making right now, it’s crucial to understand 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 recommend you dig deeper yourself into YPB here.

How much cash does YPB generate through its operations?

Over the past year, YPB has reduced its debt from AU$4.6m to AU$875k made up of predominantly near term debt. With this reduction in debt, YPB’s cash and short-term investments stands at AU$369k , ready to deploy 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 examine some of YPB’s operating efficiency ratios such as ROA here.

Can YPB meet its short-term obligations with the cash in hand?

At the current liabilities level of AU$3.5m, the company may not have an easy time meeting these commitments with a current assets level of AU$1.2m, leading to a current ratio of 0.34x.

ASX:YPB Historical Debt November 29th 18
ASX:YPB Historical Debt November 29th 18

Does YPB face the risk of succumbing to its debt-load?

With debt at 15% of equity, YPB may be thought of as appropriately levered. YPB is not taking on too much debt commitment, which can be restrictive and risky for equity-holders. YPB’s risk around capital structure is low, and the company has the headroom and ability to raise debt should it need to in the future.

Next Steps:

YPB has demonstrated its ability to generate sufficient levels of cash flow, while its debt hovers at a safe level. But, as shareholders, you should try and determine whether this level of debt is justified for YPB, especially if meeting short-term obligations could also bring about issues. Keep in mind I haven’t considered other factors such as how YPB has been performing in the past. I suggest you continue to research YPB Group to get a better picture of the stock by looking at:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.

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