- United States
- Specialty Stores
Here's Why Boot Barn Holdings (NYSE:BOOT) Can Manage Its Debt Responsibly
Warren Buffett famously said, 'Volatility is far from synonymous with risk.' So it might be obvious that you need to consider debt, when you think about how risky any given stock is, because too much debt can sink a company. We note that Boot Barn Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:BOOT) does have debt on its balance sheet. But the more important question is: how much risk is that debt creating?
What Risk Does Debt Bring?
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. Ultimately, if the company can't fulfill its legal obligations to repay debt, shareholders could walk away with nothing. 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. Having said that, the most common situation is where a company manages its debt reasonably well - and to its own advantage. The first step when considering a company's debt levels is to consider its cash and debt together.
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What Is Boot Barn Holdings's Debt?
As you can see below, at the end of December 2022, Boot Barn Holdings had US$59.1m of debt, up from none a year ago. Click the image for more detail. However, because it has a cash reserve of US$50.4m, its net debt is less, at about US$8.68m.
How Healthy Is Boot Barn Holdings' Balance Sheet?
The latest balance sheet data shows that Boot Barn Holdings had liabilities of US$445.0m due within a year, and liabilities of US$338.2m falling due after that. Offsetting these obligations, it had cash of US$50.4m as well as receivables valued at US$14.8m due within 12 months. So its liabilities total US$718.0m more than the combination of its cash and short-term receivables.
While this might seem like a lot, it is not so bad since Boot Barn Holdings has a market capitalization of US$2.16b, and so it could probably strengthen its balance sheet by raising capital if it needed to. But it's clear that we should definitely closely examine whether it can manage its debt without dilution. Carrying virtually no net debt, Boot Barn Holdings has a very light debt load indeed.
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.
With debt at a measly 0.033 times EBITDA and EBIT covering interest a whopping 48.9 times, it's clear that Boot Barn Holdings is not a desperate borrower. So relative to past earnings, the debt load seems trivial. While Boot Barn Holdings doesn't seem to have gained much on the EBIT line, at least earnings remain stable for now. 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 Boot Barn Holdings 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.
But our final consideration is also important, because a company cannot pay debt with paper profits; it needs cold hard cash. So we always check how much of that EBIT is translated into free cash flow. In the last three years, Boot Barn Holdings created free cash flow amounting to 19% of its EBIT, an uninspiring performance. That limp level of cash conversion undermines its ability to manage and pay down debt.
Boot Barn Holdings's interest cover was a real positive on this analysis, as was its net debt to EBITDA. Having said that, its conversion of EBIT to free cash flow somewhat sensitizes us to potential future risks to the balance sheet. Considering this range of data points, we think Boot Barn Holdings is in a good position to manage its debt levels. But a word of caution: we think debt levels are high enough to justify ongoing monitoring. 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. To that end, you should be aware of the 1 warning sign we've spotted with Boot Barn Holdings .
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Boot Barn Holdings
Boot Barn Holdings, Inc., a lifestyle retail chain, operates specialty retail stores in the United States.
Excellent balance sheet and good value.