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Does Ta Win Holdings Berhad (KLSE:TAWIN) Have A Healthy Balance Sheet?

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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.' When we think about how risky a company is, we always like to look at its use of debt, since debt overload can lead to ruin. We note that Ta Win Holdings Berhad (KLSE:TAWIN) does have debt on its balance sheet. But the more important question is: how much risk is that debt creating?

What Risk Does Debt Bring?

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. 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. Of course, debt can be an important tool in businesses, particularly capital heavy businesses. 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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What Is Ta Win Holdings Berhad's Net Debt?

The image below, which you can click on for greater detail, shows that at September 2022 Ta Win Holdings Berhad had debt of RM110.3m, up from RM56.8m in one year. However, it does have RM102.6m in cash offsetting this, leading to net debt of about RM7.70m.

KLSE:TAWIN Debt to Equity History January 27th 2023

How Healthy Is Ta Win Holdings Berhad's Balance Sheet?

Zooming in on the latest balance sheet data, we can see that Ta Win Holdings Berhad had liabilities of RM125.7m due within 12 months and liabilities of RM37.0m due beyond that. On the other hand, it had cash of RM102.6m and RM74.2m worth of receivables due within a year. So it actually has RM14.1m more liquid assets than total liabilities.

This short term liquidity is a sign that Ta Win Holdings Berhad could probably pay off its debt with ease, as its balance sheet is far from stretched. When analysing debt levels, the balance sheet is the obvious place to start. But it is Ta Win Holdings Berhad'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.

In the last year Ta Win Holdings Berhad wasn't profitable at an EBIT level, but managed to grow its revenue by 39%, to RM660m. With any luck the company will be able to grow its way to profitability.

Caveat Emptor

While we can certainly appreciate Ta Win Holdings Berhad's revenue growth, its earnings before interest and tax (EBIT) loss is not ideal. To be specific the EBIT loss came in at RM6.1m. On a more positive note, the company does have liquid assets, so it has a bit of time to improve its operations before the debt becomes an acute problem. Still, we'd be more encouraged to study the business in depth if it already had some free cash flow. So it seems too risky for our taste. 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, we've discovered 4 warning signs for Ta Win Holdings Berhad (2 don't sit too well with us!) that you should be aware of before investing here.

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