Would Gaming Innovation Group (OB:GIG) Be Better Off With Less Debt?

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Simply Wall St
Published
August 18, 2021
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Howard Marks put it nicely when he said that, rather than worrying about share price volatility, 'The possibility of permanent loss is the risk I worry about... and every practical investor I know worries about.' 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. Importantly, Gaming Innovation Group Inc. (OB:GIG) does carry debt. But the more important question is: how much risk is that debt creating?

When Is Debt Dangerous?

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. In the worst case scenario, a company can go bankrupt if it cannot pay its creditors. 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, 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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What Is Gaming Innovation Group's Net Debt?

As you can see below, Gaming Innovation Group had €46.2m of debt at March 2021, down from €63.9m a year prior. However, because it has a cash reserve of €5.58m, its net debt is less, at about €40.6m.

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OB:GIG Debt to Equity History August 19th 2021

A Look At Gaming Innovation Group's Liabilities

Zooming in on the latest balance sheet data, we can see that Gaming Innovation Group had liabilities of €24.2m due within 12 months and liabilities of €54.9m due beyond that. On the other hand, it had cash of €5.58m and €14.2m worth of receivables due within a year. So it has liabilities totalling €59.3m more than its cash and near-term receivables, combined.

Gaming Innovation Group has a market capitalization of €178.2m, so it could very likely raise cash to ameliorate its balance sheet, if the need arose. But we definitely want to keep our eyes open to indications that its debt is bringing too much risk. The balance sheet is clearly the area to focus on when you are analysing debt. But ultimately the future profitability of the business will decide if Gaming Innovation 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.

In the last year Gaming Innovation Group wasn't profitable at an EBIT level, but managed to grow its revenue by 63%, to €70m. With any luck the company will be able to grow its way to profitability.

Caveat Emptor

Even though Gaming Innovation Group managed to grow its top line quite deftly, the cold hard truth is that it is losing money on the EBIT line. To be specific the EBIT loss came in at €2.9m. Considering that alongside the liabilities mentioned above does not give us much confidence that company should be using so much debt. So we think its balance sheet is a little strained, though not beyond repair. Another cause for caution is that is bled €3.5m in negative free cash flow over the last twelve months. So to be blunt we think it is risky. 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. These risks can be hard to spot. Every company has them, and we've spotted 1 warning sign for Gaming Innovation Group you should know about.

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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