We Think Royal Orchid Hotels (NSE:ROHLTD) Can Stay On Top Of Its Debt
Warren Buffett famously said, '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. We can see that Royal Orchid Hotels Limited (NSE:ROHLTD) does use debt in its business. But the real question is whether this debt is making the company risky.
When Is Debt Dangerous?
Generally speaking, debt only becomes a real problem when a company can't easily pay it off, either by raising capital or with its own 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. Of course, plenty of companies use debt to fund growth, without any negative consequences. When we think about a company's use of debt, we first look at cash and debt together.
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What Is Royal Orchid Hotels's Net Debt?
You can click the graphic below for the historical numbers, but it shows that Royal Orchid Hotels had ₹1.45b of debt in September 2022, down from ₹1.63b, one year before. However, because it has a cash reserve of ₹575.1m, its net debt is less, at about ₹870.7m.
A Look At Royal Orchid Hotels' Liabilities
Zooming in on the latest balance sheet data, we can see that Royal Orchid Hotels had liabilities of ₹846.0m due within 12 months and liabilities of ₹1.34b due beyond that. Offsetting this, it had ₹575.1m in cash and ₹291.8m in receivables that were due within 12 months. So its liabilities outweigh the sum of its cash and (near-term) receivables by ₹1.32b.
While this might seem like a lot, it is not so bad since Royal Orchid Hotels has a market capitalization of ₹6.35b, 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 1.1 and interest cover of 5.0 times, it seems to us that Royal Orchid Hotels is probably using debt in a pretty reasonable way. So we'd recommend keeping a close eye on the impact financing costs are having on the business. Pleasingly, Royal Orchid Hotels is growing its EBIT faster than former Australian PM Bob Hawke downs a yard glass, boasting a 562% gain in the last twelve months. The balance sheet is clearly the area to focus on when you are analysing debt. But you can't view debt in total isolation; since Royal Orchid Hotels 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.
But our final consideration is also important, because a company cannot pay debt with paper profits; it needs cold hard cash. So the logical step is to look at the proportion of that EBIT that is matched by actual free cash flow. Over the most recent two years, Royal Orchid Hotels recorded free cash flow worth 71% of its EBIT, which is around normal, given free cash flow excludes interest and tax. This cold hard cash means it can reduce its debt when it wants to.
Royal Orchid Hotels's EBIT growth rate suggests it can handle its debt as easily as Cristiano Ronaldo could score a goal against an under 14's goalkeeper. And the good news does not stop there, as its conversion of EBIT to free cash flow also supports that impression! Looking at the bigger picture, we think Royal Orchid Hotels's use of debt seems quite reasonable and we're not concerned about it. While debt does bring risk, when used wisely it can also bring a higher return on equity. When analysing debt levels, the balance sheet is the obvious place to start. But ultimately, every company can contain risks that exist outside of the balance sheet. To that end, you should be aware of the 3 warning signs we've spotted with Royal Orchid Hotels .
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Royal Orchid Hotels
Royal Orchid Hotels Limited operates and manages hotels and resorts in India.
Mediocre balance sheet with acceptable track record.