We Think Ornapaper Berhad (KLSE:ORNA) Can Manage Its Debt With Ease

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Simply Wall St
Published
June 06, 2021
KLSE:ORNA
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Warren Buffett famously said, '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 Ornapaper Berhad (KLSE:ORNA) does have debt on its balance sheet. But should shareholders be worried about its use of debt?

When Is Debt Dangerous?

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 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.

View our latest analysis for Ornapaper Berhad

What Is Ornapaper Berhad's Net Debt?

As you can see below, Ornapaper Berhad had RM73.0m of debt, at March 2021, which is about the same as the year before. You can click the chart for greater detail. However, it also had RM65.8m in cash, and so its net debt is RM7.15m.

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KLSE:ORNA Debt to Equity History June 7th 2021

A Look At Ornapaper Berhad's Liabilities

We can see from the most recent balance sheet that Ornapaper Berhad had liabilities of RM114.5m falling due within a year, and liabilities of RM16.8m due beyond that. Offsetting this, it had RM65.8m in cash and RM74.9m in receivables that were due within 12 months. So it can boast RM9.41m more liquid assets than total liabilities.

This surplus suggests that Ornapaper Berhad has a conservative balance sheet, and could probably eliminate its debt without much difficulty.

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). This way, we consider both the absolute quantum of the debt, as well as the interest rates paid on it.

Ornapaper Berhad has a low net debt to EBITDA ratio of only 0.19. And its EBIT easily covers its interest expense, being 16.9 times the size. So we're pretty relaxed about its super-conservative use of debt. Another good sign is that Ornapaper Berhad has been able to increase its EBIT by 20% in twelve months, making it easier to pay down debt. The balance sheet is clearly the area to focus on when you are analysing debt. But it is Ornapaper Berhad's earnings that will influence how the balance sheet holds up in the future. So when considering debt, it's definitely worth looking at the earnings trend. Click here for an interactive snapshot.

Finally, a business needs free cash flow to pay off debt; accounting profits just don't cut it. So the logical step is to look at the proportion of that EBIT that is matched by actual free cash flow. During the last three years, Ornapaper Berhad generated free cash flow amounting to a very robust 85% of its EBIT, more than we'd expect. That puts it in a very strong position to pay down debt.

Our View

Ornapaper Berhad's interest cover 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 conversion of EBIT to free cash flow also supports that impression! We think Ornapaper Berhad is no more beholden to its lenders, than the birds are to birdwatchers. To our minds it has a healthy happy balance sheet. 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. We've identified 2 warning signs with Ornapaper Berhad , and understanding them should be part of your investment process.

Of course, if you're the type of investor who prefers buying stocks without the burden of debt, then don't hesitate to discover our exclusive list of net cash growth stocks, today.

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