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Does Thermal Energy International (CVE:TMG) Have A Healthy Balance Sheet?

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Howard Marks put it nicely when he said that, rather than worrying about share price volatility, 'The possibility of permanent loss is the risk I worry about... and every practical investor I know worries about.' So it seems the smart money knows that debt - which is usually involved in bankruptcies - is a very important factor, when you assess how risky a company is. As with many other companies Thermal Energy International Inc. (CVE:TMG) makes use of debt. But should shareholders be worried about its use of debt?

When Is Debt Dangerous?

Debt and other liabilities become risky for a business when it cannot easily fulfill those obligations, either with free cash flow or by raising capital at an attractive price. Ultimately, if the company can't fulfill its legal obligations to repay debt, shareholders could walk away with nothing. However, a more frequent (but still costly) occurrence is where a company must issue shares at bargain-basement prices, permanently diluting shareholders, just to shore up its balance sheet. Of course, plenty of companies use debt to fund growth, without any negative consequences. 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 Thermal Energy International Carry?

The image below, which you can click on for greater detail, shows that at November 2022 Thermal Energy International had debt of CA$3.70m, up from CA$2.96m in one year. However, it does have CA$2.72m in cash offsetting this, leading to net debt of about CA$975.6k.

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TSXV:TMG Debt to Equity History March 14th 2023

How Healthy Is Thermal Energy International's Balance Sheet?

Zooming in on the latest balance sheet data, we can see that Thermal Energy International had liabilities of CA$6.01m due within 12 months and liabilities of CA$3.96m due beyond that. Offsetting this, it had CA$2.72m in cash and CA$3.34m in receivables that were due within 12 months. So its liabilities outweigh the sum of its cash and (near-term) receivables by CA$3.90m.

Thermal Energy International has a market capitalization of CA$17.2m, so it could very likely raise cash to ameliorate its balance sheet, if the need arose. But it's clear that we should definitely closely examine whether it can manage its debt without dilution. The balance sheet is clearly the area to focus on when you are analysing debt. But it is Thermal Energy International's earnings that will influence how the balance sheet holds up in the future. 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.

In the last year Thermal Energy International's revenue was pretty flat, and it made a negative EBIT. While that hardly impresses, its not too bad either.

Caveat Emptor

Over the last twelve months Thermal Energy International produced an earnings before interest and tax (EBIT) loss. To be specific the EBIT loss came in at CA$1.5m. Considering that alongside the liabilities mentioned above does not give us much confidence that company should be using so much 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$295k of cash over the last year. So suffice it to say we do consider the stock to be risky. When analysing debt levels, the balance sheet is the obvious place to start. But ultimately, every company can contain risks that exist outside of the balance sheet. These risks can be hard to spot. Every company has them, and we've spotted 2 warning signs for Thermal Energy International (of which 1 is potentially serious!) you should know about.

At the end of the day, it's often better to focus on companies that are free from net debt. You can access our special list of such companies (all with a track record of profit growth). It's free.

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