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Health Check: How Prudently Does Sentoria Group Berhad (KLSE:SNTORIA) Use Debt?
Warren Buffett famously said, 'Volatility is far from synonymous with risk.' It's only natural to consider a company's balance sheet when you examine how risky it is, since debt is often involved when a business collapses. As with many other companies Sentoria Group Berhad (KLSE:SNTORIA) makes use of debt. But is this debt a concern to shareholders?
When Is Debt Dangerous?
Debt is a tool to help businesses grow, but if a business is incapable of paying off its lenders, then it exists at their mercy. 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. 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 Sentoria Group Berhad's Net Debt?
As you can see below, Sentoria Group Berhad had RM421.6m of debt, at December 2022, which is about the same as the year before. You can click the chart for greater detail. Net debt is about the same, since the it doesn't have much cash.
A Look At Sentoria Group Berhad's Liabilities
According to the last reported balance sheet, Sentoria Group Berhad had liabilities of RM234.4m due within 12 months, and liabilities of RM490.2m due beyond 12 months. Offsetting this, it had RM4.37m in cash and RM99.9m in receivables that were due within 12 months. So it has liabilities totalling RM620.3m more than its cash and near-term receivables, combined.
The deficiency here weighs heavily on the RM33.5m 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, Sentoria Group Berhad would probably need a major re-capitalization if its creditors were to demand repayment. There's no doubt that we learn most about debt from the balance sheet. But you can't view debt in total isolation; since Sentoria Group 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.
In the last year Sentoria Group Berhad had a loss before interest and tax, and actually shrunk its revenue by 88%, to RM8.4m. To be frank that doesn't bode well.
While Sentoria Group 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. Its EBIT loss was a whopping RM52m. When you combine this with the very significant balance sheet liabilities mentioned above, we are so wary of it that we are basically at a loss for the right words. Sure, the company might have a nice story about how they are going on to a brighter future. But the reality is that it is low on liquid assets relative to liabilities, and it lost RM83m in the last year. So we're not very excited about owning this stock. Its too risky for us. 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. We've identified 4 warning signs with Sentoria Group Berhad (at least 3 which shouldn't be ignored) , and understanding them should be part of your investment process.
At the end of the day, it's often better to focus on companies that are free from net debt. You can access our special list of such companies (all with a track record of profit growth). It's free.
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Sentoria Group Berhad
Sentoria Group Berhad, an investment holding company, primarily engages in the property development, construction, and leisure and hospitality businesses in Malaysia.
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