Does Intracom Holdings (ATH:INTRK) Have A Healthy Balance Sheet?

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Simply Wall St
Published
October 03, 2021
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Legendary fund manager Li Lu (who Charlie Munger backed) once said, 'The biggest investment risk is not the volatility of prices, but whether you will suffer a permanent loss of capital.' When we think about how risky a company is, we always like to look at its use of debt, since debt overload can lead to ruin. Importantly, Intracom Holdings S.A. (ATH:INTRK) does carry debt. But is this debt a concern to shareholders?

Why Does Debt Bring Risk?

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. While that is not too common, we often do see indebted companies permanently diluting shareholders because lenders force them to raise capital at a distressed price. Of course, plenty of companies use debt to fund growth, without any negative consequences. The first step when considering a company's debt levels is to consider its cash and debt together.

See our latest analysis for Intracom Holdings

How Much Debt Does Intracom Holdings Carry?

The image below, which you can click on for greater detail, shows that at June 2021 Intracom Holdings had debt of €205.1m, up from €158.7m in one year. However, because it has a cash reserve of €61.9m, its net debt is less, at about €143.2m.

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ATSE:INTRK Debt to Equity History October 4th 2021

A Look At Intracom Holdings' Liabilities

Zooming in on the latest balance sheet data, we can see that Intracom Holdings had liabilities of €402.9m due within 12 months and liabilities of €158.2m due beyond that. Offsetting these obligations, it had cash of €61.9m as well as receivables valued at €356.3m due within 12 months. So its liabilities total €143.0m more than the combination of its cash and short-term receivables.

This is a mountain of leverage relative to its market capitalization of €146.8m. Should its lenders demand that it shore up the balance sheet, shareholders would likely face severe dilution. When analysing debt levels, the balance sheet is the obvious place to start. But you can't view debt in total isolation; since Intracom Holdings will need earnings to service that debt. So when considering debt, it's definitely worth looking at the earnings trend. Click here for an interactive snapshot.

In the last year Intracom Holdings had a loss before interest and tax, and actually shrunk its revenue by 14%, to €440m. We would much prefer see growth.

Caveat Emptor

Not only did Intracom Holdings's revenue slip over the last twelve months, but it also produced negative earnings before interest and tax (EBIT). To be specific the EBIT loss came in at €7.5m. 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 €34m of cash over the last year. So in short it's a really risky stock. When analysing debt levels, the balance sheet is the obvious place to start. However, not all investment risk resides within the balance sheet - far from it. These risks can be hard to spot. Every company has them, and we've spotted 2 warning signs for Intracom Holdings (of which 1 doesn't sit too well with us!) you should know about.

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