Is OMNIQ (NASDAQ:OMQS) A Risky Investment?

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Simply Wall St
Published
March 21, 2022
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Warren Buffett famously said, 'Volatility is far from synonymous with risk.' 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 can see that OMNIQ Corp. (NASDAQ:OMQS) does use debt in its business. But is this debt a concern to shareholders?

What Risk Does Debt Bring?

Generally speaking, debt only becomes a real problem when a company can't easily pay it off, either by raising capital or with its own 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. When we think about a company's use of debt, we first look at cash and debt together.

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How Much Debt Does OMNIQ Carry?

The image below, which you can click on for greater detail, shows that at September 2021 OMNIQ had debt of US$14.6m, up from US$11.8m in one year. On the flip side, it has US$9.99m in cash leading to net debt of about US$4.59m.

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NasdaqCM:OMQS Debt to Equity History March 21st 2022

How Strong Is OMNIQ's Balance Sheet?

Zooming in on the latest balance sheet data, we can see that OMNIQ had liabilities of US$56.7m due within 12 months and liabilities of US$7.31m due beyond that. Offsetting these obligations, it had cash of US$9.99m as well as receivables valued at US$20.6m due within 12 months. So its liabilities total US$33.3m more than the combination of its cash and short-term receivables.

This deficit is considerable relative to its market capitalization of US$50.3m, so it does suggest shareholders should keep an eye on OMNIQ's use of debt. This suggests shareholders would be heavily diluted if the company needed to shore up its balance sheet in a hurry. The balance sheet is clearly the area to focus on when you are analysing debt. But it is future earnings, more than anything, that will determine OMNIQ's ability to maintain a healthy balance sheet going forward. 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, OMNIQ reported revenue of US$66m, which is a gain of 24%, although it did not report any earnings before interest and tax. With any luck the company will be able to grow its way to profitability.

Caveat Emptor

While we can certainly appreciate OMNIQ's revenue growth, its earnings before interest and tax (EBIT) loss is not ideal. Its EBIT loss was a whopping US$12m. When we look at that and recall the liabilities on its balance sheet, relative to cash, it seems unwise to us for the company to have any debt. Quite frankly we think the balance sheet is far from match-fit, although it could be improved with time. Another cause for caution is that is bled US$4.7m in negative free cash flow over the last twelve months. So suffice it to say we consider the stock very risky. 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. Case in point: We've spotted 4 warning signs for OMNIQ you should be aware of, and 1 of them is potentially serious.

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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