How Financially Strong Is Bluebird Merchant Ventures Limited (LON:BMV)?

Bluebird Merchant Ventures Limited (LON:BMV) is a small-cap stock with a market capitalization of US$5.28m. While investors primarily focus on the growth potential and competitive landscape of the small-cap companies, they end up ignoring a key aspect, which could be the biggest threat to its existence: its financial health. Why is it important? Assessing first and foremost the financial health is crucial, since poor capital management may bring about bankruptcies, which occur at a higher rate for small-caps. Here are a few basic checks that are good enough to have a broad overview of the company’s financial strength. Though, I know these factors are very high-level, so I recommend you dig deeper yourself into BMV here.

How much cash does BMV generate through its operations?

Over the past year, BMV has ramped up its debt from US$92.93k to US$634.99k – this includes both the current and long-term debt. With this growth in debt, the current cash and short-term investment levels stands at US$54.78k , ready to deploy into the business. Moving onto cash from operations, its trivial cash flows from operations make the cash-to-debt ratio less useful to us, though these low levels of cash means that operational efficiency is worth a look. As the purpose of this article is a high-level overview, I won’t be looking at this today, but you can examine some of BMV’s operating efficiency ratios such as ROA here.

Can BMV pay its short-term liabilities?

At the current liabilities level of US$1.73m liabilities, the company has been able to meet these commitments with a current assets level of US$5.22m, leading to a 3.02x current account ratio. However, anything about 3x may be excessive, since BMV may be leaving too much capital in low-earning investments.

LSE:BMV Historical Debt August 22nd 18
LSE:BMV Historical Debt August 22nd 18

Does BMV face the risk of succumbing to its debt-load?

BMV’s level of debt is appropriate relative to its total equity, at 19.46%. BMV is not taking on too much debt commitment, which may be constraining for future growth.

Next Steps:

BMV’s low debt is also met with low coverage. This indicates room for improvement as its cash flow covers less than a quarter of its borrowings, which means its operating efficiency could be better. However, the company will be able to pay all of its upcoming liabilities from its current short-term assets. Keep in mind I haven’t considered other factors such as how BMV has been performing in the past. I suggest you continue to research Bluebird Merchant Ventures to get a more holistic view of the stock by looking at:

  1. Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for BMV’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for BMV’s outlook.
  2. Historical Performance: What has BMV’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.
  3. 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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