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MobileleaderLtd (KOSDAQ:100030) Seems To Use Debt Quite Sensibly

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Legendary fund manager Li Lu (who Charlie Munger backed) once said, 'The biggest investment risk is not the volatility of prices, but whether you will suffer a permanent loss of capital.' 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. Importantly, Mobileleader Co.,Ltd. (KOSDAQ:100030) does carry debt. But the more important question is: how much risk is that debt creating?

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. 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 MobileleaderLtd's Net Debt?

The image below, which you can click on for greater detail, shows that at September 2020 MobileleaderLtd had debt of ₩10.6b, up from ₩648.5m in one year. But it also has ₩12.0b in cash to offset that, meaning it has ₩1.35b net cash.

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KOSDAQ:A100030 Debt to Equity History February 11th 2021

How Strong Is MobileleaderLtd's Balance Sheet?

We can see from the most recent balance sheet that MobileleaderLtd had liabilities of ₩3.56b falling due within a year, and liabilities of ₩14.2b due beyond that. Offsetting this, it had ₩12.0b in cash and ₩1.19b in receivables that were due within 12 months. So it has liabilities totalling ₩4.60b more than its cash and near-term receivables, combined.

Given MobileleaderLtd has a market capitalization of ₩49.8b, it's hard to believe these liabilities pose much threat. But there are sufficient liabilities that we would certainly recommend shareholders continue to monitor the balance sheet, going forward. While it does have liabilities worth noting, MobileleaderLtd also has more cash than debt, so we're pretty confident it can manage its debt safely.

The modesty of its debt load may become crucial for MobileleaderLtd if management cannot prevent a repeat of the 22% cut to EBIT over the last year. When it comes to paying off debt, falling earnings are no more useful than sugary sodas are for your health. When analysing debt levels, the balance sheet is the obvious place to start. But you can't view debt in total isolation; since MobileleaderLtd 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. MobileleaderLtd may have net cash on the balance sheet, but it is still interesting to look at how well the business converts its earnings before interest and tax (EBIT) to free cash flow, because that will influence both its need for, and its capacity to manage debt. Happily for any shareholders, MobileleaderLtd actually produced more free cash flow than EBIT over the last three years. That sort of strong cash conversion gets us as excited as the crowd when the beat drops at a Daft Punk concert.

Summing up

We could understand if investors are concerned about MobileleaderLtd's liabilities, but we can be reassured by the fact it has has net cash of ₩1.35b. And it impressed us with free cash flow of ₩4.6b, being 102% of its EBIT. So we are not troubled with MobileleaderLtd's debt use. The balance sheet is clearly the area to focus on when you are analysing debt. However, not all investment risk resides within the balance sheet - far from it. Be aware that MobileleaderLtd is showing 2 warning signs in our investment analysis , and 1 of those is potentially serious...

If you're interested in investing in businesses that can grow profits without the burden of debt, then check out this free list of growing businesses that have net cash on the balance sheet.

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