Nitin Spinners (NSE:NITINSPIN) Has A Somewhat Strained Balance Sheet
The external fund manager backed by Berkshire Hathaway’s Charlie Munger, Li Lu, makes no bones about it when he says ‘The biggest investment risk is not the volatility of prices, but whether you will suffer a permanent loss of capital.’ When we think about how risky a company is, we always like to look at its use of debt, since debt overload can lead to ruin. Importantly, Nitin Spinners Limited (NSE:NITINSPIN) does carry debt. But is this debt a concern to shareholders?
Why Does Debt Bring Risk?
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. While that is not too common, we often do see indebted companies permanently diluting shareholders because lenders force them to raise capital at a distressed price. Having said that, the most common situation is where a company manages its debt reasonably well – and to its own advantage. When we examine debt levels, we first consider both cash and debt levels, together.
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How Much Debt Does Nitin Spinners Carry?
The image below, which you can click on for greater detail, shows that Nitin Spinners had debt of ₹9.73b at the end of March 2021, a reduction from ₹10.4b over a year. Net debt is about the same, since the it doesn’t have much cash.
How Healthy Is Nitin Spinners’ Balance Sheet?
Zooming in on the latest balance sheet data, we can see that Nitin Spinners had liabilities of ₹4.76b due within 12 months and liabilities of ₹6.37b due beyond that. On the other hand, it had cash of ₹8.48m and ₹1.66b worth of receivables due within a year. So its liabilities outweigh the sum of its cash and (near-term) receivables by ₹9.46b.
Given this deficit is actually higher than the company’s market capitalization of ₹6.69b, we think shareholders really should watch Nitin Spinners’s debt levels, like a parent watching their child ride a bike for the first time. In the scenario where the company had to clean up its balance sheet quickly, it seems likely shareholders would suffer extensive dilution.
In order to size up a company’s debt relative to its earnings, we calculate its net debt divided by its earnings before interest, tax, depreciation, and amortization (EBITDA) and its earnings before interest and tax (EBIT) divided by its interest expense (its interest cover). The advantage of this approach is that we take into account both the absolute quantum of debt (with net debt to EBITDA) and the actual interest expenses associated with that debt (with its interest cover ratio).
Nitin Spinners’s debt is 3.8 times its EBITDA, and its EBIT cover its interest expense 2.7 times over. Taken together this implies that, while we wouldn’t want to see debt levels rise, we think it can handle its current leverage. Looking on the bright side, Nitin Spinners boosted its EBIT by a silky 87% in the last year. Like a mother’s loving embrace of a newborn that sort of growth builds resilience, putting the company in a stronger position to manage its debt. The balance sheet is clearly the area to focus on when you are analysing debt. But it is Nitin Spinners’s earnings that will influence how the balance sheet holds up in the future. So if you’re keen to discover more about its earnings, it might be worth checking out this graph of its long term earnings trend.
Finally, while the tax-man may adore accounting profits, lenders only accept cold hard cash. So the logical step is to look at the proportion of that EBIT that is matched by actual free cash flow. Over the last three years, Nitin Spinners saw substantial negative free cash flow, in total. While that may be a result of expenditure for growth, it does make the debt far more risky.
On the face of it, Nitin Spinners’s level of total liabilities left us tentative about the stock, and its conversion of EBIT to free cash flow was no more enticing than the one empty restaurant on the busiest night of the year. But on the bright side, its EBIT growth rate is a good sign, and makes us more optimistic. We’re quite clear that we consider Nitin Spinners to be really rather risky, as a result of its balance sheet health. So we’re almost as wary of this stock as a hungry kitten is about falling into its owner’s fish pond: once bitten, twice shy, as they say. There’s no doubt that we learn most about debt from the balance sheet. However, not all investment risk resides within the balance sheet – far from it. Be aware that Nitin Spinners is showing 5 warning signs in our investment analysis , and 2 of those are potentially serious…
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