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We Think FLYHT Aerospace Solutions (CVE:FLY) Has A Fair Chunk Of Debt

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Legendary fund manager Li Lu (who Charlie Munger backed) once said, '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 the more important question is: how much risk is that debt creating?

When Is Debt A Problem?

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. If things get really bad, the lenders can take control of the business. However, a more usual (but still expensive) situation is where a company must dilute shareholders at a cheap share price simply to get debt under control. By replacing dilution, though, debt can be an extremely good tool for businesses that need capital to invest in growth at high rates of return. The first step when considering a company's debt levels is to consider its cash and debt together.

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What Is FLYHT Aerospace Solutions's Debt?

As you can see below, FLYHT Aerospace Solutions had CA$4.93m of debt at March 2021, down from CA$5.17m a year prior. However, it does have CA$4.55m in cash offsetting this, leading to net debt of about CA$381.9k.

TSXV:FLY Debt to Equity History August 5th 2021

How Healthy Is FLYHT Aerospace Solutions' Balance Sheet?

The latest balance sheet data shows that FLYHT Aerospace Solutions had liabilities of CA$6.12m due within a year, and liabilities of CA$4.66m falling due after that. Offsetting these obligations, it had cash of CA$4.55m as well as receivables valued at CA$2.20m due within 12 months. So it has liabilities totalling CA$4.02m more than its cash and near-term receivables, combined.

Of course, FLYHT Aerospace Solutions has a market capitalization of CA$33.2m, so these liabilities are probably manageable. Having said that, it's clear that we should continue to monitor its balance sheet, lest it change for the worse. Carrying virtually no net debt, FLYHT Aerospace Solutions has a very light debt load indeed. When analysing debt levels, the balance sheet is the obvious place to start. But it is future earnings, more than anything, that will determine FLYHT Aerospace Solutions's ability to maintain a healthy balance sheet going forward. So if you're focused on the future you can check out this free report showing analyst profit forecasts.

In the last year FLYHT Aerospace Solutions had a loss before interest and tax, and actually shrunk its revenue by 48%, to CA$11m. To be frank that doesn't bode well.

Caveat Emptor

While FLYHT Aerospace Solutions's falling revenue is about as heartwarming as a wet blanket, arguably its earnings before interest and tax (EBIT) loss is even less appealing. Its EBIT loss was a whopping CA$4.9m. 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 CA$598k of cash over the last year. So to be blunt we think it is risky. There's no doubt that we learn most about debt from the balance sheet. However, not all investment risk resides within the balance sheet - far from it. Case in point: We've spotted 4 warning signs for FLYHT Aerospace Solutions you should be aware of.

If you're interested in investing in businesses that can grow profits without the burden of debt, then check out this free list of growing businesses that have net cash on the balance sheet.

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