Here's Why InTiCa Systems (ETR:IS7) Can Manage Its Debt Responsibly

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Simply Wall St
Published
September 22, 2021
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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. As with many other companies InTiCa Systems AG (ETR:IS7) makes use of debt. But should shareholders be worried about its use of debt?

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 usual (but still expensive) situation is where a company must dilute shareholders at a cheap share price simply to get debt under control. 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 InTiCa Systems Carry?

You can click the graphic below for the historical numbers, but it shows that InTiCa Systems had €20.1m of debt in June 2021, down from €21.8m, one year before. However, it does have €2.63m in cash offsetting this, leading to net debt of about €17.5m.

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XTRA:IS7 Debt to Equity History September 23rd 2021

A Look At InTiCa Systems' Liabilities

We can see from the most recent balance sheet that InTiCa Systems had liabilities of €23.0m falling due within a year, and liabilities of €18.5m due beyond that. On the other hand, it had cash of €2.63m and €13.8m worth of receivables due within a year. So its liabilities outweigh the sum of its cash and (near-term) receivables by €25.2m.

InTiCa Systems has a market capitalization of €64.6m, so it could very likely raise cash to ameliorate its balance sheet, if the need arose. However, it is still worthwhile taking a close look at its ability to pay off debt.

We use two main ratios to inform us about debt levels relative to earnings. The first is net debt divided by earnings before interest, tax, depreciation, and amortization (EBITDA), while the second is how many times its earnings before interest and tax (EBIT) covers its interest expense (or its interest cover, for short). Thus we consider debt relative to earnings both with and without depreciation and amortization expenses.

InTiCa Systems's net debt of 2.2 times EBITDA suggests graceful use of debt. And the alluring interest cover (EBIT of 8.7 times interest expense) certainly does not do anything to dispel this impression. Notably, InTiCa Systems's EBIT launched higher than Elon Musk, gaining a whopping 1,605% on last year. 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 InTiCa Systems 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.

Finally, a business needs free cash flow to pay off debt; accounting profits just don't cut it. So it's worth checking how much of that EBIT is backed by free cash flow. Over the last two years, InTiCa Systems actually produced more free cash flow than EBIT. That sort of strong cash generation warms our hearts like a puppy in a bumblebee suit.

Our View

The good news is that InTiCa Systems's demonstrated ability to convert EBIT to free cash flow delights us like a fluffy puppy does a toddler. And that's just the beginning of the good news since its EBIT growth rate is also very heartening. Zooming out, InTiCa Systems seems to use debt quite reasonably; and that gets the nod from us. While debt does bring risk, when used wisely it can also bring a higher return on equity. 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. For instance, we've identified 2 warning signs for InTiCa Systems that you should be aware of.

If, after all that, you're more interested in a fast growing company with a rock-solid balance sheet, then check out our list of net cash growth stocks without delay.

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