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Is Destini Berhad (KLSE:DESTINI) Using Debt Sensibly?

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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.' 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 can see that Destini Berhad (KLSE:DESTINI) does use debt in its business. But the real question is whether this debt is making the company risky.

When Is Debt A Problem?

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 usual (but still expensive) situation is where a company must dilute shareholders at a cheap share price simply to get debt under control. 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 examine debt levels, we first consider both cash and debt levels, together.

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What Is Destini Berhad's Debt?

The image below, which you can click on for greater detail, shows that Destini Berhad had debt of RM16.1m at the end of December 2022, a reduction from RM105.7m over a year. But on the other hand it also has RM17.8m in cash, leading to a RM1.67m net cash position.

KLSE:DESTINI Debt to Equity History March 19th 2023

How Healthy Is Destini Berhad's Balance Sheet?

According to the last reported balance sheet, Destini Berhad had liabilities of RM152.2m due within 12 months, and liabilities of RM11.2m due beyond 12 months. Offsetting this, it had RM17.8m in cash and RM95.5m in receivables that were due within 12 months. So it has liabilities totalling RM50.2m more than its cash and near-term receivables, combined.

Destini Berhad has a market capitalization of RM141.4m, so it could very likely raise cash to ameliorate its balance sheet, if the need arose. However, it is still worthwhile taking a close look at its ability to pay off debt. While it does have liabilities worth noting, Destini Berhad also has more cash than debt, so we're pretty confident it can manage its debt safely. When analysing debt levels, the balance sheet is the obvious place to start. But you can't view debt in total isolation; since Destini Berhad will need earnings to service that debt. So when considering debt, it's definitely worth looking at the earnings trend. Click here for an interactive snapshot.

Over 12 months, Destini Berhad reported revenue of RM186m, which is a gain of 7.2%, although it did not report any earnings before interest and tax. We usually like to see faster growth from unprofitable companies, but each to their own.

So How Risky Is Destini Berhad?

Although Destini Berhad had an earnings before interest and tax (EBIT) loss over the last twelve months, it generated positive free cash flow of RM75m. So taking that on face value, and considering the net cash situation, we don't think that the stock is too risky in the near term. With revenue growth uninspiring, we'd really need to see some positive EBIT before mustering much enthusiasm for this business. When analysing debt levels, the balance sheet is the obvious place to start. However, not all investment risk resides within the balance sheet - far from it. For example Destini Berhad has 3 warning signs (and 1 which is a bit unpleasant) we think you should know about.

If, after all that, you're more interested in a fast growing company with a rock-solid balance sheet, then check out our list of net cash growth stocks without delay.

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