Is Iervolino Entertainment (BIT:IE) Using Too Much Debt?

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Simply Wall St
Published
May 20, 2021
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Some say volatility, rather than debt, is the best way to think about risk as an investor, but Warren Buffett famously said that 'Volatility is far from synonymous with risk.' So it might be obvious that you need to consider debt, when you think about how risky any given stock is, because too much debt can sink a company. We note that Iervolino Entertainment S.p.A. (BIT:IE) does have debt on its balance sheet. But is this debt a concern to shareholders?

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. In the worst case scenario, a company can go bankrupt if it cannot pay its creditors. However, a more usual (but still expensive) situation is where a company must dilute shareholders at a cheap share price simply to get debt under control. 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.

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How Much Debt Does Iervolino Entertainment Carry?

As you can see below, at the end of December 2020, Iervolino Entertainment had €23.5m of debt, up from €8.27m a year ago. Click the image for more detail. However, it does have €7.86m in cash offsetting this, leading to net debt of about €15.6m.

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BIT:IE Debt to Equity History May 21st 2021

A Look At Iervolino Entertainment's Liabilities

According to the last reported balance sheet, Iervolino Entertainment had liabilities of €44.3m due within 12 months, and liabilities of €18.7m due beyond 12 months. Offsetting these obligations, it had cash of €7.86m as well as receivables valued at €38.5m due within 12 months. So it has liabilities totalling €16.7m more than its cash and near-term receivables, combined.

Given Iervolino Entertainment has a market capitalization of €125.4m, it's hard to believe these liabilities pose much threat. However, we do think it is worth keeping an eye on its balance sheet strength, as it may change over time.

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). This way, we consider both the absolute quantum of the debt, as well as the interest rates paid on it.

Iervolino Entertainment has a low net debt to EBITDA ratio of only 0.14. And its EBIT covers its interest expense a whopping 34.7 times over. So you could argue it is no more threatened by its debt than an elephant is by a mouse. Iervolino Entertainment's EBIT was pretty flat over the last year, but that shouldn't be an issue given the it doesn't have a lot of debt. When analysing debt levels, the balance sheet is the obvious place to start. But it is future earnings, more than anything, that will determine Iervolino Entertainment's ability to maintain a healthy balance sheet going forward. So if you want to see what the professionals think, you might find this free report on analyst profit forecasts to be interesting.

Finally, a company can only pay off debt with cold hard cash, not accounting profits. So we clearly need to look at whether that EBIT is leading to corresponding free cash flow. During the last three years, Iervolino Entertainment generated free cash flow amounting to a very robust 93% of its EBIT, more than we'd expect. That positions it well to pay down debt if desirable to do so.

Our View

Iervolino Entertainment's interest cover suggests it can handle its debt as easily as Cristiano Ronaldo could score a goal against an under 14's goalkeeper. And that's just the beginning of the good news since its conversion of EBIT to free cash flow is also very heartening. Looking at the bigger picture, we think Iervolino Entertainment'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. There's no doubt that we learn most about debt from the balance sheet. But ultimately, every company can contain risks that exist outside of the balance sheet. For example Iervolino Entertainment has 3 warning signs (and 1 which doesn't sit too well with us) we think you should know about.

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