Does TKH Group (AMS:TWEKA) Have A Healthy Balance Sheet?
Legendary fund manager Li Lu (who Charlie Munger backed) once said, 'The biggest investment risk is not the volatility of prices, but whether you will suffer a permanent loss of capital.' 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. We can see that TKH Group N.V. (AMS:TWEKA) does use debt in its business. But is this debt a concern to shareholders?
When Is Debt Dangerous?
Debt and other liabilities become risky for a business when it cannot easily fulfill those obligations, either with free cash flow or by raising capital at an attractive price. If things get really bad, the lenders can take control of the business. 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. The first step when considering a company's debt levels is to consider its cash and debt together.
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How Much Debt Does TKH Group Carry?
As you can see below, at the end of December 2022, TKH Group had €573.4m of debt, up from €306.2m a year ago. Click the image for more detail. However, because it has a cash reserve of €184.6m, its net debt is less, at about €388.9m.
How Strong Is TKH Group's Balance Sheet?
Zooming in on the latest balance sheet data, we can see that TKH Group had liabilities of €714.5m due within 12 months and liabilities of €567.0m due beyond that. Offsetting these obligations, it had cash of €184.6m as well as receivables valued at €455.8m due within 12 months. So its liabilities outweigh the sum of its cash and (near-term) receivables by €641.1m.
TKH Group has a market capitalization of €1.76b, so it could very likely raise cash to ameliorate its balance sheet, if the need arose. But it's clear that we should definitely closely examine whether it can manage its debt without dilution.
We measure a company's debt load relative to its earnings power by looking at its net debt divided by its earnings before interest, tax, depreciation, and amortization (EBITDA) and by calculating how easily its earnings before interest and tax (EBIT) cover its interest expense (interest cover). Thus we consider debt relative to earnings both with and without depreciation and amortization expenses.
TKH Group has a low net debt to EBITDA ratio of only 1.3. And its EBIT easily covers its interest expense, being 19.6 times the size. So you could argue it is no more threatened by its debt than an elephant is by a mouse. On top of that, TKH Group grew its EBIT by 38% over the last twelve months, and that growth will make it easier to handle its debt. When analysing debt levels, the balance sheet is the obvious place to start. But ultimately the future profitability of the business will decide if TKH Group can strengthen its balance sheet over time. So if you're focused on the future you can check out this free report showing analyst profit forecasts.
Finally, while the tax-man may adore accounting profits, lenders only accept cold hard cash. 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, TKH Group produced sturdy free cash flow equating to 54% of its EBIT, about what we'd expect. This cold hard cash means it can reduce its debt when it wants to.
Happily, TKH Group's impressive interest cover implies it has the upper hand on its debt. And the good news does not stop there, as its EBIT growth rate also supports that impression! Taking all this data into account, it seems to us that TKH Group takes a pretty sensible approach to debt. That means they are taking on a bit more risk, in the hope of boosting shareholder returns. 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. Case in point: We've spotted 2 warning signs for TKH Group you should be aware of.
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TKH Group N.V. develops and delivers smart vision, smart manufacturing, and smart connectivity systems in the Netherlands, Europe, Asia, North America, and internationally.
Solid track record with excellent balance sheet.