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Does ANSYS (NASDAQ:ANSS) Have A Healthy Balance Sheet?

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Some say volatility, rather than debt, is the best way to think about risk as an investor, but Warren Buffett famously said that '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 ANSYS, Inc. (NASDAQ:ANSS) does have debt on its balance sheet. But is this debt a concern to shareholders?

When Is Debt Dangerous?

Debt assists a business until the business has trouble paying it off, either with new capital or with free cash flow. If things get really bad, the lenders can take control of the business. 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. Having said that, the most common situation is where a company manages its debt reasonably well - and to its own advantage. The first thing to do when considering how much debt a business uses is to look at its cash and debt together.

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How Much Debt Does ANSYS Carry?

The chart below, which you can click on for greater detail, shows that ANSYS had US$754.0m in debt in March 2024; about the same as the year before. However, it does have US$1.07b in cash offsetting this, leading to net cash of US$316.6m.

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NasdaqGS:ANSS Debt to Equity History May 24th 2024

How Healthy Is ANSYS' Balance Sheet?

Zooming in on the latest balance sheet data, we can see that ANSYS had liabilities of US$706.6m due within 12 months and liabilities of US$1.03b due beyond that. Offsetting these obligations, it had cash of US$1.07b as well as receivables valued at US$836.3m due within 12 months. So it actually has US$166.1m more liquid assets than total liabilities.

Having regard to ANSYS' size, it seems that its liquid assets are well balanced with its total liabilities. So while it's hard to imagine that the US$28.5b company is struggling for cash, we still think it's worth monitoring its balance sheet. Succinctly put, ANSYS boasts net cash, so it's fair to say it does not have a heavy debt load!

On the other hand, ANSYS's EBIT dived 15%, over the last year. We think hat kind of performance, if repeated frequently, could well lead to difficulties for the stock. There's no doubt that we learn most about debt from the balance sheet. But ultimately the future profitability of the business will decide if ANSYS 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. ANSYS may have net cash on the balance sheet, but it is still interesting to look at how well the business converts its earnings before interest and tax (EBIT) to free cash flow, because that will influence both its need for, and its capacity to manage debt. Happily for any shareholders, ANSYS actually produced more free cash flow than EBIT over the last three years. There's nothing better than incoming cash when it comes to staying in your lenders' good graces.

Summing Up

While it is always sensible to investigate a company's debt, in this case ANSYS has US$316.6m in net cash and a decent-looking balance sheet. The cherry on top was that in converted 112% of that EBIT to free cash flow, bringing in US$710m. So we are not troubled with ANSYS's debt use. Over time, share prices tend to follow earnings per share, so if you're interested in ANSYS, you may well want to click here to check an interactive graph of its earnings per share history.

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