Tekmar Group (LON:TGP) makes moderate use of debt

Some say volatility, rather than debt, is the best way to think about risk as an investor, but Warren Buffett said “volatility is far from synonymous with risk.” So it may be obvious that you need to take debt into account when thinking about the risk of a given stock, because too much debt can sink a business. We can see that Tekmar Group plc (LON:TGP) uses debt in its business. But the real question is whether this debt makes the business risky.

What risk does debt carry?

Debt helps a business until the business struggles to pay it back, either with new capital or with free cash flow. In the worst case, a company can go bankrupt if it cannot pay its creditors. Although not too common, we often see companies in debt permanently diluting their shareholders because lenders force them to raise capital at a ridiculous price. Of course, the advantage of debt is that it often represents cheap capital, especially when it replaces dilution in a business with the ability to reinvest at high rates of return. When we think about a company’s use of debt, we first look at cash and debt together.

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What is the net debt of the Tekmar group?

As you can see below, at the end of September 2021, the Tekmar Group had a debt of £6.05m, up from £3.00m a year ago. Click on the image for more details. On the other hand, he has £3.48m in cash, resulting in a net debt of around £2.57m.

AIM: TGP Debt to Equity History March 9, 2022

A look at the liabilities of the Tekmar group

We can see from the most recent balance sheet that the Tekmar group had liabilities of £12.5m due within a year, and liabilities of £3.65m due beyond . As compensation for these obligations, it had cash of £3.48 million as well as receivables valued at £17.4 million maturing within 12 months. Thus, he can boast that he has £4.68 million more in liquid assets than total Passives.

This excess liquidity suggests that the Tekmar group is taking a cautious approach to debt. Given that he has easily sufficient short-term cash, we don’t think he will have any problems with his lenders. There is no doubt that we learn the most about debt from the balance sheet. But ultimately, the company’s future profitability will decide whether the Tekmar Group can strengthen its balance sheet over time. So if you are focused on the future, you can check out this free report showing analyst earnings forecast.

Last year, the Tekmar Group recorded a loss before interest and tax and actually cut its revenue by 20%, to £31million. This is not what we hope to see.

Caveat Emptor

While Tekmar Group’s declining revenue is about as comforting as a wet blanket, arguably its loss of earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT) is even less appealing. Indeed, it lost a very considerable £3.6 million in EBIT. On the plus side, the company has adequate liquid assets, giving it time to grow and expand before its debt becomes a short-term issue. Still, we would be more encouraged to study the business in depth if it already had free cash flow. This one is a little too risky for our liking. There is no doubt that we learn the most about debt from the balance sheet. However, not all investment risks reside on the balance sheet, far from it. Know that Tekmar Group shows 2 warning signs in our investment analysis you should know…

In the end, sometimes it’s easier to focus on companies that don’t even need to take on debt. Readers can access a list of growth stocks with no net debt 100% freeat present.

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