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These 4 Measures Indicate That Delta Galil Industries (TLV:DELT) Is Using Debt Reasonably Well

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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.' So it seems the smart money knows that debt - which is usually involved in bankruptcies - is a very important factor, when you assess how risky a company is. We can see that Delta Galil Industries Ltd. (TLV:DELT) does use debt in its business. But the real question is whether this debt is making the company risky.

What Risk Does Debt Bring?

Debt assists a business until the business has trouble paying it off, either with new capital or with free cash flow. Part and parcel of capitalism is the process of 'creative destruction' where failed businesses are mercilessly liquidated by their bankers. 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. Having said that, the most common situation is where a company manages its debt reasonably well - and to its own advantage. The first step when considering a company's debt levels is to consider its cash and debt together.

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What Is Delta Galil Industries's Net Debt?

The image below, which you can click on for greater detail, shows that Delta Galil Industries had debt of US$425.3m at the end of June 2021, a reduction from US$568.8m over a year. However, it also had US$279.9m in cash, and so its net debt is US$145.4m.

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TASE:DELT Debt to Equity History October 22nd 2021

A Look At Delta Galil Industries' Liabilities

Zooming in on the latest balance sheet data, we can see that Delta Galil Industries had liabilities of US$515.4m due within 12 months and liabilities of US$663.8m due beyond that. Offsetting this, it had US$279.9m in cash and US$183.6m in receivables that were due within 12 months. So its liabilities total US$715.7m more than the combination of its cash and short-term receivables.

While this might seem like a lot, it is not so bad since Delta Galil Industries has a market capitalization of US$1.33b, and so it could probably strengthen its balance sheet by raising capital if it needed to. However, it is still worthwhile taking a close look at its ability to pay off debt.

We measure a company's debt load relative to its earnings power by looking at its net debt divided by its earnings before interest, tax, depreciation, and amortization (EBITDA) and by calculating how easily its earnings before interest and tax (EBIT) cover its interest expense (interest cover). Thus we consider debt relative to earnings both with and without depreciation and amortization expenses.

Looking at its net debt to EBITDA of 0.59 and interest cover of 4.7 times, it seems to us that Delta Galil Industries is probably using debt in a pretty reasonable way. But the interest payments are certainly sufficient to have us thinking about how affordable its debt is. Notably, Delta Galil Industries's EBIT launched higher than Elon Musk, gaining a whopping 242% on last year. When analysing debt levels, the balance sheet is the obvious place to start. But you can't view debt in total isolation; since Delta Galil Industries 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.

Finally, a business needs free cash flow to pay off debt; accounting profits just don't cut it. So we clearly need to look at whether that EBIT is leading to corresponding free cash flow. Over the last three years, Delta Galil Industries actually produced more free cash flow than EBIT. There's nothing better than incoming cash when it comes to staying in your lenders' good graces.

Our View

Delta Galil Industries's conversion of EBIT to free cash flow suggests it can handle its debt as easily as Cristiano Ronaldo could score a goal against an under 14's goalkeeper. But truth be told we feel its level of total liabilities does undermine this impression a bit. Taking all this data into account, it seems to us that Delta Galil Industries takes a pretty sensible approach to debt. That means they are taking on a bit more risk, in the hope of boosting shareholder returns. The balance sheet is clearly the area to focus on when you are analysing debt. However, not all investment risk resides within the balance sheet - far from it. To that end, you should learn about the 2 warning signs we've spotted with Delta Galil Industries (including 1 which shouldn't be ignored) .

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