These 4 Measures Indicate That Trejhara Solutions (NSE:TREJHARA) Is Using Debt Extensively
Warren Buffett famously said, '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 note that Trejhara Solutions Limited (NSE:TREJHARA) does have debt on its balance sheet. But is this debt a concern to shareholders?
Why Does Debt Bring Risk?
Debt assists a business until the business has trouble paying it off, either with new capital or with free cash flow. Ultimately, if the company can't fulfill its legal obligations to repay debt, shareholders could walk away with nothing. 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, the upside of debt is that it often represents cheap capital, especially when it replaces dilution in a company with the ability to reinvest at high rates of return. The first step when considering a company's debt levels is to consider its cash and debt together.
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What Is Trejhara Solutions's Net Debt?
As you can see below, Trejhara Solutions had ₹229.5m of debt at September 2022, down from ₹278.5m a year prior. However, it does have ₹9.58m in cash offsetting this, leading to net debt of about ₹220.0m.
A Look At Trejhara Solutions' Liabilities
The latest balance sheet data shows that Trejhara Solutions had liabilities of ₹1.20b due within a year, and liabilities of ₹243.7m falling due after that. On the other hand, it had cash of ₹9.58m and ₹174.4m worth of receivables due within a year. So its liabilities outweigh the sum of its cash and (near-term) receivables by ₹1.26b.
The deficiency here weighs heavily on the ₹632.8m company itself, as if a child were struggling under the weight of an enormous back-pack full of books, his sports gear, and a trumpet. So we definitely think shareholders need to watch this one closely. At the end of the day, Trejhara Solutions would probably need a major re-capitalization if its creditors were to demand repayment.
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). The advantage of this approach is that we take into account both the absolute quantum of debt (with net debt to EBITDA) and the actual interest expenses associated with that debt (with its interest cover ratio).
Trejhara Solutions has a low net debt to EBITDA ratio of only 1.3. And its EBIT covers its interest expense a whopping 129 times over. So you could argue it is no more threatened by its debt than an elephant is by a mouse. Also good is that Trejhara Solutions grew its EBIT at 17% over the last year, further increasing its ability to manage debt. When analysing debt levels, the balance sheet is the obvious place to start. But it is Trejhara Solutions'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. So the logical step is to look at the proportion of that EBIT that is matched by actual free cash flow. Looking at the most recent three years, Trejhara Solutions recorded free cash flow of 45% of its EBIT, which is weaker than we'd expect. That weak cash conversion makes it more difficult to handle indebtedness.
Trejhara Solutions's level of total liabilities and conversion of EBIT to free cash flow definitely weigh on it, in our esteem. But its interest cover tells a very different story, and suggests some resilience. When we consider all the factors discussed, it seems to us that Trejhara Solutions is taking some risks with its use of debt. While that debt can boost returns, we think the company has enough leverage now. 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. Be aware that Trejhara Solutions is showing 2 warning signs in our investment analysis , and 1 of those is significant...
When all is said and done, sometimes its easier to focus on companies that don't even need debt. Readers can access a list of growth stocks with zero net debt 100% free, right now.
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Trejhara Solutions Limited provides technology products and solutions in the Asia Pacific and internationally.
Excellent balance sheet second-rate dividend payer.