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Tuesday, November 30, 2021

We Think South Manganese Investment (HKG:1091) Is Taking Some Risk With Its Debt - Simply Wall St

Last updated Tuesday, October 19, 2021 18:13 ET , Source: NewsService

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 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. We note that South Manganese Investment Limited (HKG:1091) does have debt on its balance sheet. But the more important question is: how much risk is that debt creating?

Why Does Debt Bring Risk?

Debt and other liabilities become risky for a business when it cannot easily fulfill those obligations, either with free cash flow or by raising capital at an attractive price. 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, debt can be an important tool in businesses, particularly capital heavy businesses. The first thing to do when considering how much debt a business uses is to look at its cash and debt together.

What Is South Manganese Investment's Net Debt?

The image below, which you can click on for greater detail, shows that South Manganese Investment had debt of HK$4.20b at the end of June 2021, a reduction from HK$4.52b over a year. However, it does have HK$918.6m in cash offsetting this, leading to net debt of...



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