December 2, 2021

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dormakaba Holding (VTX:DOKA) Has A Pretty Healthy Balance Sheet

Howard Marks put it nicely when he said that, rather than worrying about share price volatility, ‘The possibility of permanent loss is the risk I worry about… and every practical investor I know worries about.’ So it might be obvious that you need to consider debt, when you think about how risky any given stock is, because too much debt can sink a company. As with many other companies dormakaba Holding AG (VTX:DOKA) makes use of debt. But should shareholders be worried about its use of debt?

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. Part and parcel of capitalism is the process of ‘creative destruction’ where failed businesses are mercilessly liquidated by their bankers. 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, 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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What Is dormakaba Holding’s Debt?

The image below, which you can click on for greater detail, shows that dormakaba Holding had debt of CHF677.9m at the end of June 2021, a reduction from CHF824.4m over a year. On the flip side, it has CHF171.0m in cash leading to net debt of about CHF506.9m.

SWX:DOKA Debt to Equity History October 7th 2021

How Strong Is dormakaba Holding’s Balance Sheet?

We can see from the most recent balance sheet that dormakaba Holding had liabilities of CHF959.7m falling due within a year, and liabilities of CHF645.2m due beyond that. On the other hand, it had cash of CHF171.0m and CHF503.2m worth of receivables due within a year. So it has liabilities totalling CHF930.7m more than its cash and near-term receivables, combined.

While this might seem like a lot, it is not so bad since dormakaba Holding has a market capitalization of CHF2.66b, and so it could probably strengthen its balance sheet by raising capital if it needed to. However, it is still worthwhile taking a close look at its ability to pay off debt.

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). This way, we consider both the absolute quantum of the debt, as well as the interest rates paid on it.

dormakaba Holding’s net debt is only 1.4 times its EBITDA. And its EBIT covers its interest expense a whopping 14.7 times over. So you could argue it is no more threatened by its debt than an elephant is by a mouse. Fortunately, dormakaba Holding grew its EBIT by 8.3% in the last year, making that debt load look even more manageable. When analysing debt levels, the balance sheet is the obvious place to start. But it is future earnings, more than anything, that will determine dormakaba Holding’s ability to maintain a healthy balance sheet going forward. So if you want to see what the professionals think, you might find this free report on analyst profit forecasts to be interesting.

Finally, a business needs free cash flow to pay off debt; accounting profits just don’t cut it. So it’s worth checking how much of that EBIT is backed by free cash flow. During the last three years, dormakaba Holding produced sturdy free cash flow equating to 71% of its EBIT, about what we’d expect. This free cash flow puts the company in a good position to pay down debt, when appropriate.

Our View

dormakaba Holding’s interest cover suggests it can handle its debt as easily as Cristiano Ronaldo could score a goal against an under 14’s goalkeeper. And that’s just the beginning of the good news since its conversion of EBIT to free cash flow is also very heartening. Taking all this data into account, it seems to us that dormakaba Holding takes a pretty sensible approach to debt. While that brings some risk, it can also enhance returns for shareholders. 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. Be aware that dormakaba Holding 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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