Is Jet Freight Logistics (NSE:JETFREIGHT) Using Too Much Debt?

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Simply Wall St
Published
November 26, 2021
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David Iben put it well when he said, 'Volatility is not a risk we care about. What we care about is avoiding the permanent loss of capital.' It's only natural to consider a company's balance sheet when you examine how risky it is, since debt is often involved when a business collapses. As with many other companies Jet Freight Logistics Limited (NSE:JETFREIGHT) makes use of debt. But is this debt a concern to shareholders?

Why Does Debt Bring Risk?

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. 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. By replacing dilution, though, debt can be an extremely good tool for businesses that need capital to invest in growth at high rates of return. When we think about a company's use of debt, we first look at cash and debt together.

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What Is Jet Freight Logistics's Net Debt?

The image below, which you can click on for greater detail, shows that at September 2021 Jet Freight Logistics had debt of ₹376.2m, up from ₹334.7m in one year. However, it does have ₹30.6m in cash offsetting this, leading to net debt of about ₹345.6m.

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NSEI:JETFREIGHT Debt to Equity History November 27th 2021

A Look At Jet Freight Logistics' Liabilities

The latest balance sheet data shows that Jet Freight Logistics had liabilities of ₹668.6m due within a year, and liabilities of ₹131.5m falling due after that. Offsetting this, it had ₹30.6m in cash and ₹609.9m in receivables that were due within 12 months. So it has liabilities totalling ₹159.6m more than its cash and near-term receivables, combined.

This deficit isn't so bad because Jet Freight Logistics is worth ₹483.8m, and thus could probably raise enough capital to shore up its balance sheet, if the need arose. However, it is still worthwhile taking a close look at its ability to pay off debt.

We use two main ratios to inform us about debt levels relative to earnings. The first is net debt divided by earnings before interest, tax, depreciation, and amortization (EBITDA), while the second is how many times its earnings before interest and tax (EBIT) covers its interest expense (or its interest cover, for short). This way, we consider both the absolute quantum of the debt, as well as the interest rates paid on it.

Jet Freight Logistics has a debt to EBITDA ratio of 3.3 and its EBIT covered its interest expense 2.8 times. This suggests that while the debt levels are significant, we'd stop short of calling them problematic. However, the silver lining was that Jet Freight Logistics achieved a positive EBIT of ₹91m in the last twelve months, an improvement on the prior year's loss. When analysing debt levels, the balance sheet is the obvious place to start. But you can't view debt in total isolation; since Jet Freight Logistics will need earnings to service that debt. 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 it is important to check how much of its earnings before interest and tax (EBIT) converts to actual free cash flow. Over the last year, Jet Freight Logistics reported free cash flow worth 15% of its EBIT, which is really quite low. That limp level of cash conversion undermines its ability to manage and pay down debt.

Our View

While Jet Freight Logistics's conversion of EBIT to free cash flow makes us cautious about it, its track record of covering its interest expense with its EBIT is no better. But its not so bad at (not) growing its EBIT. Taking the abovementioned factors together we do think Jet Freight Logistics's debt poses some risks to the business. 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. These risks can be hard to spot. Every company has them, and we've spotted 5 warning signs for Jet Freight Logistics (of which 3 can't be ignored!) you should know about.

At the end of the day, it's often better to focus on companies that are free from net debt. You can access our special list of such companies (all with a track record of profit growth). It's free.

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