Does Meilleure Health International Industry Group (HKG:2327) Have A Healthy Balance Sheet?

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Simply Wall St
Published
September 09, 2021
SEHK:2327
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Some say volatility, rather than debt, is the best way to think about risk as an investor, but Warren Buffett famously said that 'Volatility is far from synonymous with risk.' 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, Meilleure Health International Industry Group Limited (HKG:2327) does carry debt. But is this debt a concern to shareholders?

When Is Debt Dangerous?

Debt assists a business until the business has trouble paying it off, either with new capital or with free cash flow. If things get really bad, the lenders can take control of the business. However, a more frequent (but still costly) occurrence is where a company must issue shares at bargain-basement prices, permanently diluting shareholders, just to shore up its balance sheet. Having said that, the most common situation is where a company manages its debt reasonably well - and to its own advantage. The first thing to do when considering how much debt a business uses is to look at its cash and debt together.

View our latest analysis for Meilleure Health International Industry Group

What Is Meilleure Health International Industry Group's Net Debt?

As you can see below, Meilleure Health International Industry Group had HK$135.9m of debt at June 2021, down from HK$238.1m a year prior. However, its balance sheet shows it holds HK$269.1m in cash, so it actually has HK$133.3m net cash.

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SEHK:2327 Debt to Equity History September 9th 2021

How Healthy Is Meilleure Health International Industry Group's Balance Sheet?

The latest balance sheet data shows that Meilleure Health International Industry Group had liabilities of HK$68.5m due within a year, and liabilities of HK$192.0m falling due after that. On the other hand, it had cash of HK$269.1m and HK$354.5m worth of receivables due within a year. So it can boast HK$363.1m more liquid assets than total liabilities.

This surplus suggests that Meilleure Health International Industry Group is using debt in a way that is appears to be both safe and conservative. Because it has plenty of assets, it is unlikely to have trouble with its lenders. Succinctly put, Meilleure Health International Industry Group boasts net cash, so it's fair to say it does not have a heavy debt load!

In addition to that, we're happy to report that Meilleure Health International Industry Group has boosted its EBIT by 74%, thus reducing the spectre of future debt repayments. There's no doubt that we learn most about debt from the balance sheet. But it is Meilleure Health International Industry Group's earnings that will influence how the balance sheet holds up in the future. So if you're keen to discover more about its earnings, it might be worth checking out this graph of its long term earnings trend.

Finally, while the tax-man may adore accounting profits, lenders only accept cold hard cash. While Meilleure Health International Industry Group has net cash on its balance sheet, it's still worth taking a look at its ability to convert earnings before interest and tax (EBIT) to free cash flow, to help us understand how quickly it is building (or eroding) that cash balance. During the last three years, Meilleure Health International Industry Group produced sturdy free cash flow equating to 63% of its EBIT, about what we'd expect. This cold hard cash means it can reduce its debt when it wants to.

Summing up

While we empathize with investors who find debt concerning, you should keep in mind that Meilleure Health International Industry Group has net cash of HK$133.3m, as well as more liquid assets than liabilities. And we liked the look of last year's 74% year-on-year EBIT growth. So we don't think Meilleure Health International Industry Group's use of debt is risky. The balance sheet is clearly the area to focus on when you are analysing debt. But ultimately, every company can contain risks that exist outside of the balance sheet. These risks can be hard to spot. Every company has them, and we've spotted 2 warning signs for Meilleure Health International Industry Group (of which 1 is significant!) you should know about.

Of course, if you're the type of investor who prefers buying stocks without the burden of debt, then don't hesitate to discover our exclusive list of net cash growth stocks, today.

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