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Does FLYHT Aerospace Solutions (CVE:FLY) Have A Healthy Balance Sheet?

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The external fund manager backed by Berkshire Hathaway's Charlie Munger, Li Lu, makes no bones about it when he says 'The biggest investment risk is not the volatility of prices, but whether you will suffer a permanent loss of capital.' So it might be obvious that you need to consider debt, when you think about how risky any given stock is, because too much debt can sink a company. We can see that FLYHT Aerospace Solutions Ltd. (CVE:FLY) does use debt in its business. But should shareholders be worried about its use of debt?

When Is Debt Dangerous?

Debt assists a business until the business has trouble paying it off, either with new capital or with free cash flow. 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. Of course, the upside of debt is that it often represents cheap capital, especially when it replaces dilution in a company with the ability to reinvest at high rates of return. When we examine debt levels, we first consider both cash and debt levels, together.

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How Much Debt Does FLYHT Aerospace Solutions Carry?

As you can see below, FLYHT Aerospace Solutions had CA$4.47m of debt at March 2022, down from CA$4.93m a year prior. However, it also had CA$3.91m in cash, and so its net debt is CA$559.7k.

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TSXV:FLY Debt to Equity History July 24th 2022

How Healthy Is FLYHT Aerospace Solutions' Balance Sheet?

We can see from the most recent balance sheet that FLYHT Aerospace Solutions had liabilities of CA$6.31m falling due within a year, and liabilities of CA$6.25m due beyond that. Offsetting these obligations, it had cash of CA$3.91m as well as receivables valued at CA$3.87m due within 12 months. So its liabilities total CA$4.77m more than the combination of its cash and short-term receivables.

Of course, FLYHT Aerospace Solutions has a market capitalization of CA$28.4m, so these liabilities are probably manageable. However, we do think it is worth keeping an eye on its balance sheet strength, as it may change over time. There's no doubt that we learn most about debt from the balance sheet. But ultimately the future profitability of the business will decide if FLYHT Aerospace Solutions can strengthen its balance sheet over time. So if you're focused on the future you can check out this free report showing analyst profit forecasts.

Over 12 months, FLYHT Aerospace Solutions reported revenue of CA$14m, which is a gain of 24%, although it did not report any earnings before interest and tax. With any luck the company will be able to grow its way to profitability.

Caveat Emptor

Even though FLYHT Aerospace Solutions managed to grow its top line quite deftly, the cold hard truth is that it is losing money on the EBIT line. Its EBIT loss was a whopping CA$5.4m. When we look at that and recall the liabilities on its balance sheet, relative to cash, it seems unwise to us for the company to have any debt. Quite frankly we think the balance sheet is far from match-fit, although it could be improved with time. However, it doesn't help that it burned through CA$4.7m of cash over the last year. So in short it's a really risky stock. When analysing debt levels, the balance sheet is the obvious place to start. However, not all investment risk resides within the balance sheet - far from it. These risks can be hard to spot. Every company has them, and we've spotted 4 warning signs for FLYHT Aerospace Solutions (of which 1 shouldn't be ignored!) you should know about.

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