How Financially Strong Is Senzime AB (publ) (STO:SEZI)?

Senzime AB (publ) (STO:SEZI), which has zero-debt on its balance sheet, can maximize capital returns by increasing debt due to its lower cost of capital. However, the trade-off is SEZI will have to follow strict debt obligations which will reduce its financial flexibility. Zero-debt can alleviate some risk associated with the company meeting debt obligations, but this doesn’t automatically mean SEZI has outstanding financial strength. I recommend you look at the following hurdles to assess SEZI’s financial health.

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Is financial flexibility worth the lower cost of capital?

There are well-known benefits of including debt in capital structure, primarily a lower cost of capital. But the downside of having debt in a company’s balance sheet is the debtholder’s higher claim on its assets in the case of liquidation, as well as stricter capital management requirements. The lack of debt on SEZI’s balance sheet may be because it does not have access to cheap capital, or it may believe this trade-off is not worth it. Choosing financial flexibility over capital returns make sense if SEZI is a high-growth company. SEZI delivered a negative revenue growth of -68%. While its negative growth hardly justifies opting for zero-debt, if the decline sustains, it may find it hard to raise debt at an acceptable cost.

OM:SEZI Historical Debt November 9th 18
OM:SEZI Historical Debt November 9th 18

Does SEZI’s liquid assets cover its short-term commitments?

Since Senzime doesn’t have any debt on its balance sheet, it doesn’t have any solvency issues, which is a term used to describe the company’s ability to meet its long-term obligations. However, another measure of financial health is its short-term obligations, which is known as liquidity. These include payments to suppliers, employees and other stakeholders. Looking at SEZI’s most recent kr5m liabilities, it appears that the company has been able to meet these commitments with a current assets level of kr23m, leading to a 4.59x current account ratio. However, a ratio greater than 3x may be considered as quite high.

Next Steps:

SEZI is a fast-growing firm, which supports having have zero-debt and financial freedom to continue to ramp up growth. This may mean this is an optimal capital structure for the business, given that it is also meeting its short-term commitment. Moving forward, SEZI’s financial situation may change. I admit this is a fairly basic analysis for SEZI’s financial health. Other important fundamentals need to be considered alongside. You should continue to research Senzime to get a more holistic view of the stock by looking at:

  1. Historical Performance: What has SEZI’s returns been like over the past? Go into more detail in the past track record analysis and take a look at the free visual representations of our analysis for more clarity.
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