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We Think Yangarra Resources (TSE:YGR) Is Taking Some Risk With Its Debt
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 Yangarra Resources Ltd. (TSE:YGR) does use debt in its business. But is this debt a concern to shareholders?
What Risk Does Debt Bring?
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. If things get really bad, the lenders can take control of the business. However, a more common (but still painful) scenario is that it has to raise new equity capital at a low price, thus permanently diluting shareholders. 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. The first step when considering a company's debt levels is to consider its cash and debt together.
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How Much Debt Does Yangarra Resources Carry?
The image below, which you can click on for greater detail, shows that Yangarra Resources had debt of CA$139.4m at the end of December 2022, a reduction from CA$195.7m over a year. And it doesn't have much cash, so its net debt is about the same.
How Healthy Is Yangarra Resources' Balance Sheet?
Zooming in on the latest balance sheet data, we can see that Yangarra Resources had liabilities of CA$177.7m due within 12 months and liabilities of CA$116.8m due beyond that. On the other hand, it had cash of CA$191.0k and CA$32.0m worth of receivables due within a year. So its liabilities total CA$262.3m more than the combination of its cash and short-term receivables.
The deficiency here weighs heavily on the CA$165.4m company itself, as if a child were struggling under the weight of an enormous back-pack full of books, his sports gear, and a trumpet. So we definitely think shareholders need to watch this one closely. At the end of the day, Yangarra Resources would probably need a major re-capitalization if its creditors were to demand repayment.
In order to size up a company's debt relative to its earnings, we calculate its net debt divided by its earnings before interest, tax, depreciation, and amortization (EBITDA) and its earnings before interest and tax (EBIT) divided by its interest expense (its interest cover). Thus we consider debt relative to earnings both with and without depreciation and amortization expenses.
Yangarra Resources's net debt is only 0.75 times its EBITDA. And its EBIT covers its interest expense a whopping 13.2 times over. So you could argue it is no more threatened by its debt than an elephant is by a mouse. Better yet, Yangarra Resources grew its EBIT by 103% last year, which is an impressive improvement. That boost will make it even easier to pay down debt going forward. When analysing debt levels, the balance sheet is the obvious place to start. But it is future earnings, more than anything, that will determine Yangarra Resources'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.
Finally, a business needs free cash flow to pay off debt; accounting profits just don't cut it. So the logical step is to look at the proportion of that EBIT that is matched by actual free cash flow. In the last three years, Yangarra Resources's free cash flow amounted to 21% of its EBIT, less than we'd expect. That weak cash conversion makes it more difficult to handle indebtedness.
We feel some trepidation about Yangarra Resources's difficulty level of total liabilities, but we've got positives to focus on, too. To wit both its interest cover and EBIT growth rate were encouraging signs. Taking the abovementioned factors together we do think Yangarra Resources's debt poses some risks to the business. While that debt can boost returns, we think the company has enough leverage now. Given our hesitation about the stock, it would be good to know if Yangarra Resources insiders have sold any shares recently. You click here to find out if insiders have sold recently.
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Yangarra Resources Ltd., a junior oil and gas company, engages in the exploration, development, and production of oil and natural gas properties in Western Canada.
Outstanding track record with adequate balance sheet.