February 6, 2023

David Iben put it well when he said, 'Volatility is not a risk we care about. What we care about is avoiding the 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 note that Tecnisa S.A. (BVMF:TCSA3) does have debt on its balance sheet. But is this debt a concern to shareholders?
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. 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. Of course, the upside of debt is that it often represents cheap capital, especially when it replaces dilution in a company 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.
See our latest analysis for Tecnisa
The image below, which you can click on for greater detail, shows that at June 2022 Tecnisa had debt of R$577.6m, up from R$539.5m in one year. However, because it has a cash reserve of R$159.1m, its net debt is less, at about R$418.5m.
We can see from the most recent balance sheet that Tecnisa had liabilities of R$236.7m falling due within a year, and liabilities of R$638.4m due beyond that. Offsetting these obligations, it had cash of R$159.1m as well as receivables valued at R$93.5m due within 12 months. So its liabilities total R$622.6m more than the combination of its cash and short-term receivables.
This deficit casts a shadow over the R$233.4m company, like a colossus towering over mere mortals. So we'd watch its balance sheet closely, without a doubt. At the end of the day, Tecnisa would probably need a major re-capitalization if its creditors were to demand repayment. 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 Tecnisa 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, Tecnisa made a loss at the EBIT level, and saw its revenue drop to R$131m, which is a fall of 33%. To be frank that doesn't bode well.
Not only did Tecnisa's revenue slip over the last twelve months, but it also produced negative earnings before interest and tax (EBIT). Its EBIT loss was a whopping R$103m. Combining this information with the significant liabilities we already touched on makes us very hesitant about this stock, to say the least. Of course, it may be able to improve its situation with a bit of luck and good execution. But we think that is unlikely, given it is low on liquid assets, and burned through R$35m in the last year. So we consider this a high risk stock and we wouldn't be at all surprised if the company asks shareholders for money before long. The balance sheet is clearly the area to focus on when you are analysing debt. But ultimately, every company can contain risks that exist outside of the balance sheet. For instance, we've identified 2 warning signs for Tecnisa (1 can't be ignored) you should be aware of.
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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Tecnisa S.A., together with its subsidiaries, develops and constructs residential and commercial real estate properties in Brazil.
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Reasonable growth potential with adequate balance sheet.
Simply Wall St's Editorial Team provides unbiased, factual reporting on global stocks using in-depth fundamental analysis.
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Tecnisa S.A., together with its subsidiaries, develops and constructs residential and commercial real estate properties in Brazil.
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.
Reasonable growth potential with adequate balance sheet.
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