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Friday, 28 January 2022
Does Rex Industry Berhad (KLSE:REX) Have A Healthy Balance Sheet?
When Is Debt A Problem?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. Ultimately, if the company can’t fulfill its legal obligations to repay debt, shareholders could walk away with nothing. However, a more frequent (but still costly) occurrence is where a company must issue shares at bargain-basement prices, permanently diluting shareholders, just to shore up its balance sheet. By replacing dilution, though, debt can be an extremely good tool for businesses that need capital to invest in growth at high rates of return. The first step when considering a company’s debt levels is to consider its cash and debt together.
Check out our latest analysis for Rex Industry Berhad
What Is Rex Industry Berhad’s Net Debt?You can click the graphic below for the historical numbers, but it shows that Rex Industry Berhad had RM28.3m of debt in September 2021, down from RM40.1m, one year before. However, it also had RM10.5m in cash, and so its net debt is RM17.8m.
KLSE:REX Debt to Equity History January 28th 2022
How Strong Is Rex Industry Berhad’s Balance Sheet?We can see from the most recent balance sheet that Rex Industry Berhad had liabilities of RM48.9m falling due within a year, and liabilities of RM12.5m due beyond that. Offsetting these obligations, it had cash of RM10.5m as well as receivables valued at RM38.9m due within 12 months. So it has liabilities totalling RM12.0m more than its cash and near-term receivables, combined.
Since publicly traded Rex Industry Berhad shares are worth a total of RM106.0m, it seems unlikely that this level of liabilities would be a major threat. Having said that, it’s clear that we should continue to monitor its balance sheet, lest it change for the worse.
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). Thus we consider debt relative to earnings both with and without depreciation and amortization expenses.
Rex Industry Berhad’s net debt is sitting at a very reasonable 2.1 times its EBITDA, while its EBIT covered its interest expense just 3.8 times last year. While these numbers do not alarm us, it’s worth noting that the cost of the company’s debt is having a real impact. Notably, Rex Industry Berhad made a loss at the EBIT level, last year, but improved that to positive EBIT of RM4.8m in the last twelve months. When analysing debt levels, the balance sheet is the obvious place to start. But it is Rex Industry Berhad’s earnings that will influence how the balance sheet holds up in the future. So when considering debt, it’s definitely worth looking at the earnings trend. Click here for an interactive snapshot.
Finally, while the tax-man may adore accounting profits, lenders only accept cold hard cash. So it’s worth checking how much of the earnings before interest and tax (EBIT) is backed by free cash flow. Over the last year, Rex Industry Berhad 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.
Our ViewRex Industry Berhad’s conversion of EBIT to free cash flow was a real negative on this analysis, although the other factors we considered cast it in a significantly better light. But on the bright side, its ability to to handle its total liabilities isn’t too shabby at all. When we consider all the factors discussed, it seems to us that Rex Industry Berhad is taking some risks with its use of debt. So while that leverage does boost returns on equity, we wouldn’t really want to see it increase from here. When analysing debt levels, the balance sheet is the obvious place to start. However, not all investment risk resides within the balance sheet – far from it. Be aware that Rex Industry Berhad is showing 2 warning signs in our investment analysis , you should know about…
If, after all that, you’re more interested in a fast growing company with a rock-solid balance sheet, then check out our list of net cash growth stocks without delay.
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