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These 4 Measures Indicate That Cabnet Holdings Berhad (KLSE:CABNET) Is Using Debt Reasonably Well
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 seems the smart money knows that debt - which is usually involved in bankruptcies - is a very important factor, when you assess how risky a company is. We can see that Cabnet Holdings Berhad (KLSE:CABNET) does use debt in its business. But the more important question is: how much risk is that debt creating?
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. Part and parcel of capitalism is the process of 'creative destruction' where failed businesses are mercilessly liquidated by their bankers. 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. Of course, plenty of companies use debt to fund growth, without any negative consequences. When we think about a company's use of debt, we first look at cash and debt together.
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What Is Cabnet Holdings Berhad's Net Debt?
You can click the graphic below for the historical numbers, but it shows that as of September 2022 Cabnet Holdings Berhad had RM16.3m of debt, an increase on RM14.5m, over one year. However, because it has a cash reserve of RM10.8m, its net debt is less, at about RM5.55m.
How Healthy Is Cabnet Holdings Berhad's Balance Sheet?
According to the last reported balance sheet, Cabnet Holdings Berhad had liabilities of RM44.4m due within 12 months, and liabilities of RM5.80m due beyond 12 months. Offsetting this, it had RM10.8m in cash and RM51.6m in receivables that were due within 12 months. So it can boast RM12.1m more liquid assets than total liabilities.
This luscious liquidity implies that Cabnet Holdings Berhad's balance sheet is sturdy like a giant sequoia tree. Having regard to this fact, we think its balance sheet is as strong as an ox.
In order to size up a company's debt relative to its earnings, we calculate its net debt divided by its earnings before interest, tax, depreciation, and amortization (EBITDA) and its earnings before interest and tax (EBIT) divided by its interest expense (its interest cover). Thus we consider debt relative to earnings both with and without depreciation and amortization expenses.
Cabnet Holdings Berhad has net debt worth 1.7 times EBITDA, which isn't too much, but its interest cover looks a bit on the low side, with EBIT at only 5.2 times the interest expense. While these numbers do not alarm us, it's worth noting that the cost of the company's debt is having a real impact. We also note that Cabnet Holdings Berhad improved its EBIT from a last year's loss to a positive RM2.3m. There's no doubt that we learn most about debt from the balance sheet. But you can't view debt in total isolation; since Cabnet Holdings Berhad 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. So it's worth checking how much of the earnings before interest and tax (EBIT) is backed by free cash flow. Happily for any shareholders, Cabnet Holdings Berhad actually produced more free cash flow than EBIT over the last year. That sort of strong cash conversion gets us as excited as the crowd when the beat drops at a Daft Punk concert.
Cabnet Holdings Berhad's conversion of EBIT to free cash flow suggests it can handle its debt as easily as Cristiano Ronaldo could score a goal against an under 14's goalkeeper. And the good news does not stop there, as its level of total liabilities also supports that impression! Looking at the bigger picture, we think Cabnet Holdings Berhad's use of debt seems quite reasonable and we're not concerned about it. After all, sensible leverage can boost returns on equity. There's no doubt that we learn most about debt from the balance sheet. However, not all investment risk resides within the balance sheet - far from it. For example, we've discovered 4 warning signs for Cabnet Holdings Berhad (2 are potentially serious!) that you should be aware of before investing here.
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Cabnet Holdings Berhad
Cabnet Holdings Berhad provides building management solutions in Malaysia.
Good value with mediocre balance sheet.