Are THC Biomed Intl Ltd’s (CNSX:THC) Interest Costs Too High?

While small-cap stocks, such as THC Biomed Intl Ltd (CNSX:THC) with its market cap of CA$56m, are popular for their explosive growth, investors should also be aware of their balance sheet to judge whether the company can survive a downturn. Companies operating in the Pharmaceuticals industry, especially ones that are currently loss-making, tend to be high risk. Evaluating financial health as part of your investment thesis is essential. Here are a few basic checks that are good enough to have a broad overview of the company’s financial strength. However, given that I have not delve into the company-specifics, I’d encourage you to dig deeper yourself into THC here.

Does THC produce enough cash relative to debt?

THC’s debt levels have fallen from CA$1.8m to CA$1.7m over the last 12 months , which also accounts for long term debt. With this debt repayment, THC’s cash and short-term investments stands at CA$2.0m , ready to deploy into the business. Moving onto cash from operations, its small level of operating cash flow means calculating cash-to-debt wouldn’t be too useful, though these low levels of cash means that operational efficiency is worth a look. For this article’s sake, I won’t be looking at this today, but you can assess some of THC’s operating efficiency ratios such as ROA here.

Does THC’s liquid assets cover its short-term commitments?

At the current liabilities level of CA$1.6m, the company has been able to meet these obligations given the level of current assets of CA$3.7m, with a current ratio of 2.28x. For Pharmaceuticals companies, this ratio is within a sensible range as there’s enough of a cash buffer without holding too much capital in low return investments.

CNSX:THC Historical Debt December 6th 18
CNSX:THC Historical Debt December 6th 18

Can THC service its debt comfortably?

With debt at 14% of equity, THC may be thought of as appropriately levered. THC is not taking on too much debt commitment, which can be restrictive and risky for equity-holders. Risk around debt is very low for THC, and the company also has the ability and headroom to increase debt if needed going forward.

Next Steps:

THC has demonstrated its ability to generate sufficient levels of cash flow, while its debt hovers at a safe level. In addition to this, the company exhibits an ability to meet its near term obligations should an adverse event occur. I admit this is a fairly basic analysis for THC’s financial health. Other important fundamentals need to be considered alongside. I suggest you continue to research THC Biomed Intl to get a more holistic view of the stock by looking at:

  1. Historical Performance: What has THC’s returns been like over the past? Go into more detail in the past track record analysis and take a look at the free visual representations of our analysis for more clarity.
  2. Other High-Performing Stocks: Are there other stocks that provide better prospects with proven track records? Explore our free list of these great stocks here.

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