How Financially Strong Is UroGen Pharma Ltd (NASDAQ:URGN)?

UroGen Pharma Ltd (NASDAQ:URGN), 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 URGN 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 URGN has outstanding financial strength. I will go over a basic overview of the stock’s financial health, which I believe provides a ballpark estimate of their financial health status.

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Does URGN’s growth rate justify its decision for financial flexibility over 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. Either URGN does not have access to cheap capital, or it may believe this trade-off is not worth it. This makes sense only if the company has a competitive edge and is growing fast off its equity capital. URGN delivered a negative revenue growth of -49%. 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.

NasdaqGM:URGN Historical Debt November 2nd 18
NasdaqGM:URGN Historical Debt November 2nd 18

Can URGN meet its short-term obligations with the cash in hand?

Since UroGen Pharma 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. With current liabilities at US$8m, it appears that the company has maintained a safe level of current assets to meet its obligations, with the current ratio last standing at 15.18x. However, a ratio greater than 3x may be considered as quite high.

Next Steps:

Having no debt on the books means URGN has more financial freedom to keep growing at its current fast rate. Since there is also no concerns around URGN’s liquidity needs, this may be its optimal capital structure for the time being. Going forward, its financial position may be different. I admit this is a fairly basic analysis for URGN’s financial health. Other important fundamentals need to be considered alongside. I recommend you continue to research UroGen Pharma to get a more holistic view of the stock by looking at:

  1. Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for URGN’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for URGN’s outlook.
  2. Valuation: What is URGN worth today? Is the stock undervalued, even when its growth outlook is factored into its intrinsic value? The intrinsic value infographic in our free research report helps visualize whether URGN is currently mispriced by the market.
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