Does Everysport Media Group (NGM:EVERY) Have A Healthy Balance Sheet?

June 02, 2022
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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.' 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 note that Everysport Media Group AB (NGM:EVERY) does have debt on its balance sheet. But should shareholders be worried about its use of debt?

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. 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. Of course, plenty of companies use debt to fund growth, without any negative consequences. When we think about a company's use of debt, we first look at cash and debt together.

Check out our latest analysis for Everysport Media Group

What Is Everysport Media Group's Debt?

As you can see below, at the end of March 2022, Everysport Media Group had kr213.0m of debt, up from kr9.75m a year ago. Click the image for more detail. However, because it has a cash reserve of kr12.5m, its net debt is less, at about kr200.5m.

NGM:EVERY Debt to Equity History June 2nd 2022

A Look At Everysport Media Group's Liabilities

Zooming in on the latest balance sheet data, we can see that Everysport Media Group had liabilities of kr103.3m due within 12 months and liabilities of kr211.6m due beyond that. Offsetting this, it had kr12.5m in cash and kr11.6m in receivables that were due within 12 months. So it has liabilities totalling kr290.8m more than its cash and near-term receivables, combined.

The deficiency here weighs heavily on the kr115.7m 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 definitely think shareholders need to watch this one closely. After all, Everysport Media Group would likely require a major re-capitalisation if it had to pay its creditors today. When analysing debt levels, the balance sheet is the obvious place to start. But ultimately the future profitability of the business will decide if Everysport Media Group can strengthen its balance sheet over time. So if you want to see what the professionals think, you might find this free report on analyst profit forecasts to be interesting.

Over 12 months, Everysport Media Group reported revenue of kr213m, which is a gain of 142%, although it did not report any earnings before interest and tax. So its pretty obvious shareholders are hoping for more growth!

Caveat Emptor

While we can certainly appreciate Everysport Media Group's revenue growth, its earnings before interest and tax (EBIT) loss is not ideal. Indeed, it lost kr3.7m at the EBIT level. If you consider the significant liabilities mentioned above, we are extremely wary of this investment. Of course, it may be able to improve its situation with a bit of luck and good execution. But we think that is unlikely since it is low on liquid assets, and made a loss of kr13m in the last year. So while it's not wise to assume the company will fail, we do think it's 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. For example - Everysport Media Group has 3 warning signs we think you should be aware of.

When all is said and done, sometimes its easier to focus on companies that don't even need debt. Readers can access a list of growth stocks with zero net debt 100% free, right now.

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