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What You Must Know About Aban Offshore Limited's (NSE:ABAN) Financial Strength

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Investors are always looking for growth in small-cap stocks like Aban Offshore Limited (NSEI:ABAN), with a market cap of IN₨10.90B. However, an important fact which most ignore is: how financially healthy is the business? Energy Services companies, especially ones that are currently loss-making, are inclined towards being higher risk. Assessing first and foremost the financial health is crucial. Here are few basic financial health checks you should consider before taking the plunge. Though, I know these factors are very high-level, so I recommend you dig deeper yourself into ABAN here.

Does ABAN generate an acceptable amount of cash through operations?

Over the past year, ABAN has maintained its debt levels at around IN₨140.05B – this includes both the current and long-term debt. At this stable level of debt, ABAN currently has IN₨943.08M remaining in cash and short-term investments , ready to deploy into the business. Moreover, ABAN has generated cash from operations of IN₨18.02B during the same period of time, leading to an operating cash to total debt ratio of 12.87%, meaning that ABAN’s current level of operating cash is not high enough to cover debt. This ratio can also be a sign of operational efficiency for unprofitable businesses as traditional metrics such as return on asset (ROA) requires a positive net income. In ABAN’s case, it is able to generate 0.13x cash from its debt capital.

Does ABAN’s liquid assets cover its short-term commitments?

At the current liabilities level of IN₨38.42B liabilities, it seems that the business has not been able to meet these commitments with a current assets level of IN₨24.26B, leading to a 0.63x current account ratio. which is under the appropriate industry ratio of 3x.

NSEI:ABAN Historical Debt Feb 11th 18
NSEI:ABAN Historical Debt Feb 11th 18

Does ABAN face the risk of succumbing to its debt-load?

ABAN is a highly-leveraged company with debt exceeding equity by over 100%. This is not uncommon for a small-cap company given that debt tends to be lower-cost and at times, more accessible. However, since ABAN is currently loss-making, sustainability of its current state of operations becomes a concern. Maintaining a high level of debt, while revenues are still below costs, can be dangerous as liquidity tends to dry up in unexpected downturns.

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ABAN’s high debt levels is not met with high cash flow coverage. This leaves room for improvement in terms of debt management and operational efficiency. In addition to this, its low liquidity raises concerns over whether current asset management practices are properly implemented for the small-cap. Keep in mind I haven't considered other factors such as how ABAN has been performing in the past. I suggest you continue to research Aban Offshore to get a more holistic view of the stock by looking at:

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