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Is Warisan TC Holdings Berhad (KLSE:WARISAN) Using Debt Sensibly?

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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 Warisan TC Holdings Berhad (KLSE:WARISAN) does have debt on its balance sheet. But is this debt a concern to shareholders?

When Is Debt A Problem?

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 common (but still painful) scenario is that it has to raise new equity capital at a low price, thus permanently diluting shareholders. Having said that, the most common situation is where a company manages its debt reasonably well - and to its own advantage. When we examine debt levels, we first consider both cash and debt levels, together.

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What Is Warisan TC Holdings Berhad's Net Debt?

As you can see below, Warisan TC Holdings Berhad had RM194.5m of debt at December 2020, down from RM220.4m a year prior. However, because it has a cash reserve of RM114.7m, its net debt is less, at about RM79.8m.

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KLSE:WARISAN Debt to Equity History April 15th 2021

How Strong Is Warisan TC Holdings Berhad's Balance Sheet?

Zooming in on the latest balance sheet data, we can see that Warisan TC Holdings Berhad had liabilities of RM350.9m due within 12 months and liabilities of RM36.1m due beyond that. Offsetting this, it had RM114.7m in cash and RM104.9m in receivables that were due within 12 months. So its liabilities outweigh the sum of its cash and (near-term) receivables by RM167.4m.

The deficiency here weighs heavily on the RM94.4m company itself, as if a child were struggling under the weight of an enormous back-pack full of books, his sports gear, and a trumpet. So we'd watch its balance sheet closely, without a doubt. At the end of the day, Warisan TC Holdings Berhad would probably need a major re-capitalization if its creditors were to demand repayment. When analysing debt levels, the balance sheet is the obvious place to start. But you can't view debt in total isolation; since Warisan TC Holdings 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, Warisan TC Holdings Berhad made a loss at the EBIT level, and saw its revenue drop to RM296m, which is a fall of 33%. That makes us nervous, to say the least.

Caveat Emptor

While Warisan TC Holdings Berhad's falling revenue is about as heartwarming as a wet blanket, arguably its earnings before interest and tax (EBIT) loss is even less appealing. Indeed, it lost a very considerable RM45m at the EBIT level. Considering that alongside the liabilities mentioned above make us nervous about the company. It would need to improve its operations quickly for us to be interested in it. It's fair to say the loss of RM63m didn't encourage us either; we'd like to see a profit. In the meantime, we consider the stock to be risky. When analysing debt levels, the balance sheet is the obvious place to start. 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 2 warning signs for Warisan TC Holdings Berhad (of which 1 is significant!) you should know about.

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