November 30, 2022

Legendary fund manager Li Lu (who Charlie Munger backed) once said, 'The biggest investment risk is not the volatility of prices, but whether you will suffer a permanent loss of capital.' So it seems the smart money knows that debt – which is usually involved in bankruptcies – is a very important factor, when you assess how risky a company is. We can see that Binero Group AB (publ) (STO:BINERO) does use debt in its business. But should shareholders be worried about its use of debt?
Debt is a tool to help businesses grow, but if a business is incapable of paying off its lenders, then it exists at their mercy. In the worst case scenario, a company can go bankrupt if it cannot pay its creditors. 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. Of course, debt can be an important tool in businesses, particularly capital heavy businesses. The first step when considering a company's debt levels is to consider its cash and debt together.
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You can click the graphic below for the historical numbers, but it shows that as of June 2022 Binero Group had kr21.5m of debt, an increase on none, over one year. On the flip side, it has kr14.7m in cash leading to net debt of about kr6.80m.
The latest balance sheet data shows that Binero Group had liabilities of kr51.4m due within a year, and liabilities of kr27.5m falling due after that. On the other hand, it had cash of kr14.7m and kr23.5m worth of receivables due within a year. So its liabilities total kr40.7m more than the combination of its cash and short-term receivables.
Binero Group has a market capitalization of kr98.6m, so it could very likely raise cash to ameliorate its balance sheet, if the need arose. However, it is still worthwhile taking a close look at its ability to pay off debt. The balance sheet is clearly the area to focus on when you are analysing debt. But ultimately the future profitability of the business will decide if Binero Group can strengthen its balance sheet over time. 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, Binero Group reported revenue of kr84m, which is a gain of 83%, 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.
Even though Binero Group managed to grow its top line quite deftly, the cold hard truth is that it is losing money on the EBIT line. Indeed, it lost a very considerable kr22m at the EBIT level. 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 kr19m in negative free cash flow over the last twelve months. So in short it's a really risky stock. 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 5 warning signs for Binero Group you should be aware of.
Of course, if you're the type of investor who prefers buying stocks without the burden of debt, then don't hesitate to discover our exclusive list of net cash growth stocks, today.
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Binero Group AB (publ) provides cloud and digital infrastructure services for companies and organizations in Sweden.
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Fair value with mediocre balance sheet.
Simply Wall St's Editorial Team provides unbiased, factual reporting on global stocks using in-depth fundamental analysis.
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Binero Group AB (publ) provides cloud and digital infrastructure services for companies and organizations in Sweden.
The Snowflake is a visual investment summary with the score of each axis being calculated by 6 checks in 5 areas.
Read more about these checks in the individual report sections or in our analysis model.
Fair value with mediocre balance sheet.
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