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Does Donaco International (ASX:DNA) Have A Healthy Balance Sheet?

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David Iben put it well when he said, 'Volatility is not a risk we care about. What we care about is avoiding the permanent loss of capital.' It's only natural to consider a company's balance sheet when you examine how risky it is, since debt is often involved when a business collapses. We can see that Donaco International Limited (ASX:DNA) does use debt in its business. But should shareholders be worried about its use of debt?

Why Does Debt Bring Risk?

Debt is a tool to help businesses grow, but if a business is incapable of paying off its lenders, then it exists at their mercy. Ultimately, if the company can't fulfill its legal obligations to repay debt, shareholders could walk away with nothing. While that is not too common, we often do see indebted companies permanently diluting shareholders because lenders force them to raise capital at a distressed price. Having said that, the most common situation is where a company manages its debt reasonably well - and to its own advantage. When we think about a company's use of debt, we first look at cash and debt together.

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How Much Debt Does Donaco International Carry?

As you can see below, at the end of June 2022, Donaco International had AU$16.9m of debt, up from AU$11.1m a year ago. Click the image for more detail. However, because it has a cash reserve of AU$6.09m, its net debt is less, at about AU$10.8m.

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ASX:DNA Debt to Equity History September 1st 2022

How Strong Is Donaco International's Balance Sheet?

The latest balance sheet data shows that Donaco International had liabilities of AU$36.7m due within a year, and liabilities of AU$8.59m falling due after that. Offsetting these obligations, it had cash of AU$6.09m as well as receivables valued at AU$318.3k due within 12 months. So its liabilities total AU$38.9m more than the combination of its cash and short-term receivables.

This is a mountain of leverage relative to its market capitalization of AU$53.1m. Should its lenders demand that it shore up the balance sheet, shareholders would likely face severe dilution. The balance sheet is clearly the area to focus on when you are analysing debt. But you can't view debt in total isolation; since Donaco International will need earnings to service that debt. So if you're keen to discover more about its earnings, it might be worth checking out this graph of its long term earnings trend.

Over 12 months, Donaco International made a loss at the EBIT level, and saw its revenue drop to AU$2.4m, which is a fall of 76%. To be frank that doesn't bode well.

Caveat Emptor

While Donaco International's falling revenue is about as heartwarming as a wet blanket, arguably its earnings before interest and tax (EBIT) loss is even less appealing. Indeed, it lost a very considerable AU$13m at the EBIT level. Considering that alongside the liabilities mentioned above does not give us much confidence that company should be using so much debt. So we think its balance sheet is a little strained, though not beyond repair. However, it doesn't help that it burned through AU$5.7m of cash over the last year. So in short it's a really risky stock. The balance sheet is clearly the area to focus on when you are analysing debt. However, not all investment risk resides within the balance sheet - far from it. To that end, you should learn about the 3 warning signs we've spotted with Donaco International (including 1 which can't be ignored) .

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