These 4 Measures Indicate That B.L. Kashyap and Sons (NSE:BLKASHYAP) Is Using Debt Extensively

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Simply Wall St
Published
September 27, 2021
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Howard Marks put it nicely when he said that, rather than worrying about share price volatility, 'The possibility of permanent loss is the risk I worry about... and every practical investor I know worries about.' 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. Importantly, B.L. Kashyap and Sons Limited (NSE:BLKASHYAP) does carry debt. But should shareholders be worried about its use of debt?

When Is Debt A Problem?

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 common (but still painful) scenario is that it has to raise new equity capital at a low price, thus permanently diluting shareholders. 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.

Check out our latest analysis for B.L. Kashyap and Sons

How Much Debt Does B.L. Kashyap and Sons Carry?

The chart below, which you can click on for greater detail, shows that B.L. Kashyap and Sons had ₹4.22b in debt in March 2021; about the same as the year before. However, it does have ₹264.7m in cash offsetting this, leading to net debt of about ₹3.96b.

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NSEI:BLKASHYAP Debt to Equity History September 28th 2021

How Strong Is B.L. Kashyap and Sons' Balance Sheet?

We can see from the most recent balance sheet that B.L. Kashyap and Sons had liabilities of ₹8.07b falling due within a year, and liabilities of ₹3.34b due beyond that. On the other hand, it had cash of ₹264.7m and ₹5.06b worth of receivables due within a year. So it has liabilities totalling ₹6.09b more than its cash and near-term receivables, combined.

When you consider that this deficiency exceeds the company's ₹5.92b market capitalization, you might well be inclined to review the balance sheet intently. In the scenario where the company had to clean up its balance sheet quickly, it seems likely shareholders would suffer extensive dilution.

In order to size up a company's debt relative to its earnings, we calculate its net debt divided by its earnings before interest, tax, depreciation, and amortization (EBITDA) and its earnings before interest and tax (EBIT) divided by its interest expense (its interest cover). This way, we consider both the absolute quantum of the debt, as well as the interest rates paid on it.

While B.L. Kashyap and Sons's debt to EBITDA ratio (4.6) suggests that it uses some debt, its interest cover is very weak, at 1.3, suggesting high leverage. It seems clear that the cost of borrowing money is negatively impacting returns for shareholders, of late. The silver lining is that B.L. Kashyap and Sons grew its EBIT by 1,390% last year, which nourishing like the idealism of youth. If that earnings trend continues it will make its debt load much more manageable in the future. When analysing debt levels, the balance sheet is the obvious place to start. But it is B.L. Kashyap and Sons'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, a company can only pay off debt with cold hard cash, not accounting profits. So we always check how much of that EBIT is translated into free cash flow. Over the last three years, B.L. Kashyap and Sons saw substantial negative free cash flow, in total. While that may be a result of expenditure for growth, it does make the debt far more risky.

Our View

To be frank both B.L. Kashyap and Sons's interest cover and its track record of converting EBIT to free cash flow make us rather uncomfortable with its debt levels. But on the bright side, its EBIT growth rate is a good sign, and makes us more optimistic. Overall, we think it's fair to say that B.L. Kashyap and Sons has enough debt that there are some real risks around the balance sheet. If all goes well, that should boost returns, but on the flip side, the risk of permanent capital loss is elevated by the debt. 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. Case in point: We've spotted 3 warning signs for B.L. Kashyap and Sons you should be aware of, and 2 of them are significant.

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.

This article by Simply Wall St is general in nature. We provide commentary based on historical data and analyst forecasts only using an unbiased methodology and our articles are not intended to be financial advice. It does not constitute a recommendation to buy or sell any stock, and does not take account of your objectives, or your financial situation. We aim to bring you long-term focused analysis driven by fundamental data. Note that our analysis may not factor in the latest price-sensitive company announcements or qualitative material. Simply Wall St has no position in any stocks mentioned.

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